A steep climb: The Marshfield Tigers football team faces a challenging season
By Bailey Cichon
MARSHFIELD — The 2016 football season has not been pleasant for Marshfield. Most recently, the Tigers were defeated by Hortonville Sept. 23 by a final score of 35-7.
“Coming in, we had a lot of excitement. (Then) we went through a lot of tough games, close games,” said Jared Johnsrud, quarterback.
“I honestly think it comes down to focus and believing we can win. The games that we have won this season we went into with the mindset that, ‘We will win,’” added senior center Sam Bauman.
The Tigers (2-4, 1-4 Valley Football Association South Division) need to win their final three games to advance to the WIAA playoffs.
“We lost a key player: John Roherty,” said Andy Goettl, junior wide receiver. “He dislocated his knee against Neenah. He’s a big part of our line and a huge leader of our team. Hopefully he can come back and finish off the season.”
Johnsrud has also been out recently due to a sprained wrist. Ryan Krueger, a sophomore, has taken his spot for the time being.
“We (added new plays) to put the ball into the hands of some of our key players like the Bohman brothers,” said Goettl, illustrating what the team is doing to strengthen its game.
“We’ve just got to score some more points,” added Johnsrud.
Assistant offensive coordinator and junior varsity head coach Ryan Brandt said, “You have to take every opponent and play seriously. We are just working on trying to eliminate our mistakes and play every down to the fullest of our potential. (As a coaching staff,) we are trying to get that mentality that every play counts (and that) every practice counts. I think that learning process is taking place.”
Marshfield next faces Stevens Point at home on Sept. 30, plays its homecoming game against Oshkosh North on Oct. 7, and travels to Fond du Lac for its regular-season finale Oct. 14.