Armstrong-Ringsted/Remsen-Union preview: Ready for more football
Most area football fans may have been looking forward to an Armstrong-Ringsted vs. Graettinger/Terril rematch in the state playoffs this Monday-if for no other reason than the travel time would be much less.
With results as they were on Wednesday, Armstrong-Ringsted will instead follow the same path as Graettinger/Terril to Remsen on Monday for more 8-Man playoff action.
The Mustangs looked as strong as ever in a 55-12 win over Woodbine in Wednesday’s substate game.
“I thought our defense played very well,” said A-R coach Robert Zotz. “They had a 1,000-yard rusher and passer and we put a stop to both those guys.”
The Mustangs rushed for 344 yards led by Tyler Tonderum’s 227 yards and five touchdowns.
With the dominant performance on the ground, A-R quarterback Ridge Christiansen attempted just five passes and had three completions for 34 yards and one touchdown.
In the Remsen-Union vs. Graettinger/Terril game, Kraig Alesch rushed for 102 yards and one touchdown, but the Rockets did most of their damage through the air. Josh Bohnenkamp was 16-for-27 for 177 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the win over the Knights.
“I liked our intensity,” said Remsen-Union coach Colin Youde. “The whole game we we were ready to make plays. I also liked our patience. When we got down, we waited for our opportunities and just made it happen.”
“Remsen-Union runs a double tight formation and like to grind it out. They also spread you out so it’s either right up the middle or spread and throw. We have to prepare for a lot of different looks.
“Defensively, they throw out three, four, five, or six-man fronts. It’s a lot of preparation to know your assignments.
“But our guys have seen most of these looks this year, so it’s just a matter of reminding them of their assignments and not starting from scratch.”
“A-R is a very good at rushing the ball. They’re very experienced and a very explosive team.
“We’ll have to slow down their run game and force some turnovers.
“On offense, we’ll have to play some ball control-just be proficient.”
“I just want to see our guys maintain the energy they have,” said Zotz. “We’re playing at a high level right now. We need to make sure we play solid in all three aspects of the game (offense, defense, special teams).”
Coach Youde admits Graettinger/Terril’s Jake Hoffman “‘is a horse,’ but we need to work on our tackles and wrap up. We also need to stay with our blocks longer.
“I’d also like to see our special teams play improve. I felt we weren’t that good.
“I couldn’t believe how many fans came out to watch us play last week and the kids are looking forward to this game.
“This can be a really good game if our kids come to play.”