Albany up next for struggling Wolves
Milaca lost its home football opener to Mora 20-7 Friday night at Claffy Field and fell to a 0-3 record.
Next up is Albany (2-1) Friday night at 7, at Claffy Field.
So, how do things look for the Wolves heading into that game and what’s it going to take to turn things around?
“Our players seem to be resilient, so far this season,” said Milaca Coach Randy Johnson. “They understand the level of competition we have played and they realize we missed an opportunity to win against Mora.
“They continue to work hard and they realize we face another big challenge against Albany.
“We will be facing a typical Albany team that runs the wishbone offense very well. They get up to the line quickly and put the ball in your face. We will have to play well to stop that kind of grind it out offense. But, our attitude is good and the chemistry on our team has been exceptional.”
After Albany, Milaca travels to Annandale for a non-conference game Friday, Sept. 28.
Milaca led Mora 7-0 at the half, after junior quarterback Brian Kiel and senior back Mitch Hanenburg connected on a 21-yard scoring pass with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter. Junior Matt VanSomeren kicked the extra point.
But, those were the only points the Wolves could muster as Mora rallied for 20 second-half points to claim its first victory.
“We didn’t take advantage of opportunities we had to score,” said Johnson. “We weren’t consistent and we made too many mistakes. Penalties hurt us late in the game.
“We had some letdowns in the fourth quarter and Mora was able to gain momentum. We felt Mora was a team we could play with but we didn’t get the job done.”
Kiel completed seven of 16 passes for 61 yards and rushed 18 times for 96 yards. Most of his rushing yardage came after a busted punt.
“Overall, we are very frustrated with our inability to move the ball on the ground,” said Johnson. “We have three sophomores in the line and they’re still learning our blocking schemes.
“Our passing game works when we’re able to give Brian protection. And, some of our problems are due to the teams we’ve been playing.”
Junior back Jorgen Erickson led Milaca’s receivers with three catches for 19 yards.
Junior back Greg Chmiel led the Mustang offense with 91 yards on 20 carries while senior receiver Derek Graves had two receptions for 61 yards.
Granite Ridge Conference
Team W-L W-L PS PA
Becker 3-0 3-0 145 13
Zimmerman 3-0 3-0 117 57
Albany 2-1 2-1 78 50
SC Cathedral 1-1 2-1 60 40
Princeton 1-1 1-2 76 60
Mora 1-2 1-2 48 69
Foley 0-1 1-2 63 94
Little Falls 0-2 0-3 6 120
Milaca 0-3 0-3 27 136
Last Friday’s Results
Mora 20, Milaca 7
Albany 28, Cathedral 13
Becker 38, Little Falls 0
Zimmerman 25, Princeton 21
Dassel-Cokato 40, Foley 18, NC
Games Friday’s Sept. 21
Albany at Milaca, 7 p.m.
Mora at Foley
Zimmerman at Becker
Princeton at Little Falls
Litchfield at Cathedral, NC