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Prep football: Trojans, Eagles need a win

WORTHINGTON -- There were enough good plays executed in the Worthington Trojans’ 42-7 football loss to Jordan last Friday to keep hope alive.

But this week, as the New Ulm Eagles come to town, nothing will satisfy like a victory.

There’s no way around it. The Eagles were dominated by Waseca in their opener last Thursday, to the tune of 62-0. Waseca scored on each one of its first six offensive possessions and led 49-0 at halftime. There were four first-half touchdown passes, two running scores, and even a 52-yard punt return for a score.

The Trojans, meanwhile, were solidly beaten in their Friday night home contest with Jordan. But they made some impressive plays, too, both on offense and defense. Karasharo Ojulu and Lucas Boever displayed an eye-opening athleticism with first-half interceptions. On Jordan’s very first play from scrimmage, the Trojans racked up a quarterback sack. On offense, quarterback Will Brandner made a number of good throws to sure-handed receivers. There were some nifty runs to go along with the ones that didn’t work.

Afterward, head coach Gene Lais liked the effort. “I told the kids, if we keep doing what we’ve been doing, we’ll be back here in late October hosting a playoff game,” he said.

It’s only one game, and that’s why there is an “if” involved. The Trojans will need to build on last week’s performance. They’ll need to get better. Every high school football team on the schedule, in fact, is saying the same thing: It’s only a start. We’ll improve.

New Ulm head coach Corey Kneeshaw said it, too, in an interview with the New Ulm Journal.

“We are going to get better,” he said.

He also said, “We are on to Worthington now. That is our focus.”

There are only eight games on the regular season schedule. New Ulm, no doubt, badly wants to be on the winning side on Friday. So, too, must the Trojans.

Game time is 7 p.m. at Trojan Field.

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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