By Jim Bastian
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - New Ulm football coach Tony Ortmann said his team made several mistakes early in its 42-6 loss to Waseca on Friday.
"Those mistakes put us down right away," Ortmann said. "They pinned us into our own end zone a couple of times, which gave them short fields."
Waseca's first two scoring drives came of short walks of 25 and 26 yards.
"We have a lot of young guys playing," Ortmann said. "We are filling some injury spots and the young players coming in are doing the best that they can and they are working hard and that is what we want.
"I thought that our kids played a better second half - they were subbing some guys in as we were - and we are missing a couple of players. We are still thin at positions."
The Eagles, who were without running back Jackson Yackley because of a knee injury, got even thinner when quarterback Blake Piotter left the game midway through the third quarter with an apparently serious shoulder injury.
Piotter had surgery on the same shoulder in the past.
The Eagles (0-7, 0-4 SCC) will have some much-needed time to heal as they are off until their regular-season finale at home against Fairmont on Oct. 16.
CHARGERS WIN IN SPRINGFIELD: Minnesota Valley Lutheran coach Jim Buboltz called his team's Southern Minnesota Conference win on the road at Springfield was a big win.
"It is a big win for our guys in the section," Buboltz said. "We got momentum in the first half and then to see them come back in the fourth quarter with the energy that they did was very good for us."
What also pleased Buboltz was the play of the Chargers' defense that forced five uncharacteristic Springfield turnovers.
'They played very well," Buboltz said. "Our defensive front played very well. Our two big guys on the defense - freshman Sam Genelin and sophomore Blake Gluth - played absolutely fantastic. They made a lot of plays. Chad Lease grabbed a couple of turnovers. Grant Wilson has also played well since we moved him to middle linebacker."
Buboltz said it is unusual to have a both a freshman in Genelin and a sophomore in Gluth both starting.
"They are two big kids with great football attitudes," Buboltz said. "They really love the game and that is contagious."
Usually freshmen and sophomores are a little intimidated starting on the varsity level. But Buboltz said being star-struck is gone for those two.
The Chargers (3-3) also got help from fullback Andrew Kassulke, who played for an injured Seth Kroells.
"He gave us a huge night with 126 yards rushing," Buboltz said of Kassulke. "He had a monster night, he really ran the ball well."
GREYHOUNDS UTILIZE GROUND GAME TO WIN: New Ulm Cathedral football coach Denny Lux said the play of his offensive line in the second half gave his team a 27-12 win against Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart.
"They opened holes for Austin Cooper [169 yards rushing] and Jacob Gangelhoff [150 yards rushing]," Lux said. "With the weather and the kind of defense that Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart was doing we needed to run the football and control the clock. We feel good about the second half."
Lux said his team had a number of mistakes that kept it out of the end zone.
"But the guys did not get down," Lux said. "They pulled together at halftime and we played better in the second half."