Column: New Ulm schools pleased with their football scrimmages

All three high school football teams scrimmaged Saturday in preparations for their opening games next weekend.

The New Ulm Eagles, who host Redwood Valley next Thursday at 7 p.m at their high school field, traveled to Janesville to scrimmage with Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, Hayfield and United South Central.

“No one got hurt and that was the first thing,” NUHS first-year coach Eric Kaufmann said. “And as expected, we are still learning, we are not crisp. After two weeks of putting in a new offense I think that it was OK. We have a week to get prepared for Redwood.”

He said that some of the glitches are pretty minor.

“Some of the fans might not see that but as we look at it it is just one little thing here or there,” Kaufmann said. “We will be OK.”

He said that defense is just understanding where the ball is and going to the ball.

“Our kids are not afraid to hit or get their noses dirty,” Kaufmann said. “Our offense is being to tentative to where they are not trusting themselves where to go or understanding what the play is yet.”

Kaufmann said that his biggest concern right now is his team’s lack of depth.

“We are playing a 4A schedule with Class 1A numbers,” he said. “We have already talked about that if something happens to a player what would we do. We may have one back-up player for all of the linemen — we do not have a back-up tackle, we have a back-up lineman so they better know all of the positions. We do not have a depth chart where we have a back-up. He has to play four positions.”

CHARGERS SCRIMMAGE GIBBON-FAIRFAX-WINTHROP: Minnesota Valley Lutheran Chargers head football coach thought that first-year quarterback Luke Thompson did fine in the scrimmage.

“He looked comfortable — made good decisions and had some nice throws,” Buboltz said. “He showed a lot of poise. We mixed up our passing and running game real well. We were able to get the ball down the field and were able to run the ball. Carlos [Ramirez] had a real nice day and that makes Colton [Collum], Jace [Marotz] and Mason [Cox] all involved and that is something that we are going to need to do this season.”

He said that the success that Collum and Ramirez had in the scrimmage was due to the work of his veteran offensive line.

“We have work to do –everything was not perfect — but the line gave us some good holes. Both I and Pat [Hentges, GFW coach] were happy.”

The Chargers open Friday at Lakeview, a team that Buboltz has never faced before in his 20-year tenure.

LUX TAKES POSITIVES OUT OF SCRIMMAGE: New Ulm Cathedral head football coach Denny Lux said that his team’s inter-squad scrimmage Saturday at Harman Park was a good one set by his seniors.

“They set the level of intensity that we wanted to have” he said.

He said that James Gillis did a nice job at quarterback.

“It is unfortunate that we do not have Sam [Knowles, out for season after knee surgery] but James has picked up the offense pretty quick. He is a good athlete and the players around him trust him.”

Lux said that Gillis threw the ball well.

“And we have good tight ends to throw to in Chris Knowles and Jon Zinniel,” Lux said “But this offense is built to run and when you see 10 guys up front you start to throw.”

“When you run this ‘Michigan T’, you do get the defense outnumbered. We do not let the defense dictate what we are going to do.”

Lux said that on Monday he will have his starters set along with the back-ups.

Cathedral is at Dawson-Boyd at 7 p.m. on Thursday.