New Ulm football team continues to improve

When Jordan met New Ulm Friday night in South Central-Red District football game, the Hubmen were averaging just over 44 points per game. Twice they had put up 46 points in a game and the week before they scored 56 points on St. Peter.

Even though Jordan defeated New Ulm 33-14 in the game, the Eagles defense allowed 27 points with all of those points coming in the first half.

Jordan’s last touchdown came by its defense.

Realistically, this was a game that New Ulm could have won. In fact, the Eagles’ had more total yards in the game than the Hubmen totaling 333 yards to 324 yards.

And if not for a turnover by the Eagles midway through the third quarter (one of two second-half turnovers by New Ulm) on the Hubmen’s 35, the outcome of the game may have been different as Jordan had a hard time stopping the Eagles’ running game.

“We wanted to keep their offense off of the field and keeping our offense on the field,” New Ulm coach Eric Kauffmann said. “You look at the final score and you see 33-14. But we outgained them — we had two runners who each had over 100 yards rushing [Nolan Drill 152 yards and Cole Ranweiler 111 yards]. But turnovers were costly for us but if you look at just the stats and not the score you think we won the game. When you get two runners who each get 100 yards you usually do not lose those games.”

The New Ulm offensive line dominated the Jordan defensive line and made the holes for Drill and Ranweiler.

“Our offensive line has gotten better and better every week – they are understanding what we want to do -and Friday was the best that they have played this season,” Kauffmann said. “Jordan is one of the better teams in the section.”

Hats off to the Eagles. They are an improving team each week.

GREYHOUNDS BLANKED: New Ulm Cathedral head football coach Denny Lux said that his defense played well despite the 34-0 loss to Adrian.

“We gave them some short fields to score on,” he said. “There was a real marquee match-up between Chris Knowles [Cathedral defensive end] and their premier offensive tackle Lance Luettel. Knowles played so well Friday — he was all about what Cathedral football is.”

Offensively, Lux said that the Greyhounds could not move the Adrian defensive line off of the line of scrimmage.

“That slowed us down in the backfield,” Lux said. “We were disappointed as a team and a coaching staff because we did not get started off on the right foot and then it snowballed from there.”

Lux said that players are still adjusting to new roles on the team.

“Carter [Haala, Cathedral quarterback] is just getting used to everything — quarterbacking the B-squad is a lot different than quarterbacking the varsity especially in this Michigan T offense,” he said. “The quarterback is looking across the line and he is seeing nine defenders to stop our run. Will Schabert was not playing at right guard because of a hand injury but we have no excuse not to execute our offense.”

In the last four games, Cathedral has scored 22 points.

“We felt we had the best practice that we had all year on Thursday and we felt good about what we were going to do,” Lux said. “We added some plays, I still believe that this offense for a small school that is going up against some bigger schools gives us a chance with the deception.”

CHARGERS LOSE INTENSITY: Minnesota Valley Lutheran football coach Jim Buboltz thought that after his Chargers grabbed an early 7-0 lead Friday against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton that his team was not ready to match TMB on the defensive side.

MVL fell 44-21.

“I think that our responsibilities seemed a little scattered at times and we did not do a real good job of gang-tackling. We had some great individual effort,” Buboltz said. “Jace Marotz had four sacks and Colton Collum had 20 tackles. We had great individual efforts but yet we need to gang-tackle and get there as a group.”

Buboltz said that his offense was not getting enough up front and could not connect in the air either.

“We hit a lull there until the third quarter when we took back off again,” Buboltz said. “We did have a nice plan coming into the game. Mason [Cox, MVL quarterback] threw the ball pretty well. Colton and Jace scored touchdowns so we have some playmakers. We just need a more consistent team effort.”


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