Column: Eagles struggle against Trojans

New Ulm High School head football coach Corey Kneeshaw said that his team struggled offensively right off the bat in the Eagles 43-7 loss to Worthington Friday night.

“We had two bad snaps on our first possession and one of the snaps resulted in a safety and we were down 2-0 and it kind of steamrolled from there,” he said.

New Ulm was down 22-0 after the first quarter and 29-0 at halftime.

“We also threw four interceptions and a lot of that was because Nolan [Drill, Eagles quarterback] was not getting the time. Offensively we can’t run the ball, we can’t pass the ball — we can’t do much of anything right now.”

New Ulm has not scored offensively in its first two games. The Eagles’ lone score came on a Drill fumble recovery Friday night.

“We will sit down as a team and look at the game film,” Kneeshaw said. “It will not be pretty. Offensively we did not do our defense any favors. We constantly gave [Worthington] a short field,”

CHARGERS PLAY SHORTHANDED: The Minnesota Valley Lutheran Chargers’ football team went into Friday night’s game against Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity with a revamped offensive line.

“We were going into the game with four starting linemen down,” Chargers head coach Jim Buboltz said. “We had lost them during the week due to illness and injury. It was tough to replace them up front. We struggled to move the ball so we are hoping to get them (Eddie Kowalke, Luke Peterson, Noah Wellner and Joe Wosmek) back for next week.We tried to put something together to help us compete but it was difficult.”

Buboltz said that he is hoping to get the injured players back soon.

“We are going to need some help up front and until we get that help it is going to be difficult to be consistent,” he said.

CATHEDRAL HAS ANOTHER TOUGH LOSS: The New Ulm Cathedral football team could very well be 2-0 instead of 0-2 as it lost its second straight game by one point Friday night in an 8-7 loss to Sleepy Eye.

“These last two games have come down to a play here or there,” Greyhounds’ coach Denny Lux said. “We are getting a little more experience and you cannot get it in practice. Our backfield is a little bit new here and they need to get to the hole a little quicker. There are some things that we need to do better.”

One of the younger players that Lux likes is his freshman quarterback Sam Knowles.

“He has been involved in two close games,” Lux said. “He has the character to stay in there. We are putting a lot of pressure on him — this offense is built to run but [Friday] we had to get some passing going and I felt he did a super job staying in the pocket.”

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