Trojans look to build on victory over Redwood Valley
WORTHINGTON -- Even with last week's victory over Redwood Valley, the Worthington Trojan football team is still playing for its playoff life.
"It all depends on the outcomes of a number of games; our game and other people's games that we're close too," Hale said. "St. Peter, Worthington and Jordan are going for the 7-8-9 spots, so we won't know until after the games tonight."
Worthington (2-3, 2-5) will host Jackson County Central (3-2, 5-2) tonight at 7 p.m. With a Wednesday night game, the Trojans had a short week to prepare for the Huskies.
"It's the same for everybody," Hale said of the short week. "I'm sure all coaches would rather have a normal schedule, but everybody's on equal ground."
The Huskies enter the game as a challenging opponent for the Trojans.
"They've really been playing well," Hale said of the Huskies. "They have been very impressive in their wins. They are the type of team that we have trouble with; they are big and have an excellent running game. They are versatile; they can throw the ball, so we'll really have our hands full with them."
However, the Trojans are entering the contest after defeating the Cardinals, 27-18, Oct. 12.
"Obviously it was a lot more fun to win," Hale said. "I thought our kids played quite well. Looking at our offensive line, we grade them each week, and I saw a lot of improvement in our line blocking."
After throwing for 58 yards a week ago, Kyle Vaske enters as the team's leading passer (49-for-97, 576 yards). However, Mike Vorwald had 112 yards a week ago, and enters with 304 yards on the season.
Last week, Adou Omot nearly broke the century mark on the ground (17 carries for 98 yards), while Mitchell Jensen had 66 yards on the ground.
Senior Tim Roos enters with 257 yards on the ground to lead the Trojans.
Defensively, Worthington was paced by Matt King.
"Matt King had a couple of interceptions and also had three balls that he touched," Hale said. "He went and met the ball, and didn't wait for them to come to him. He also had good runbacks; I think each one was about 30 yards or so, which set up good field position."
The Trojans will have to be on top of their game tonight against the Huskies.
JCC is entering the game after a 45-21 victory over Windom, and with the possibility of a No. 2 seed in their section, the Huskies will have plenty to play for against the Trojans.
"Jackson's 5-2 and their only losses are to Luverne and Marshall, so Jackson's a tremendous team," Hale said. "I'm sure they are looking at a No. 2 seed in their section."
JCC was led by Torey Stewart (18 rushes for 147 yards) last week.
"Stewart's a tremendous back," Hale said. "When you have excellent players like that, they make big plays, and he does a lot of that."
Stewart had a 71-yard touchdown run against the Eagles, and also threw once for a 37-yard completion.
"We certainly are going to try to contain him, but we don't know if it's going to work or not," Hale said.
However, after an ejection last week, the Huskies will be without Caleb Lines (85 yards rushing a week ago).
"When you lose a great player, that hurts you," Hale said. "Any team that loses a player they count on both sides of the ball, it hurts them."
Quarterback Nathan Brandt had 71 yards through the air on 14 attempts.
But once again, Hale's strategy is simple.
"(We need to) score more than Jackson," Hale said. "We scored 27 against Redwood, and that was enough. Some games, if you score seven that's enough."