MENASHA — The last four seasons Menasha has qualified for the postseason, but the Bluejays have failed to do any serious damage in the playoffs.
Menasha enters the 2013 season knowing there’s a simple key to success and possibly extending its season – taking care of the ball.
"Those three games we lost last year were games that we turned over the ball and didn't take care of the football as well as we needed to, and maybe got off to a slow start on defense and whatnot,” coach Jeramie Korth said. “Yeah, we are looking for more consistency."
Friday, Menasha starts working on that consistency as it hosts Kimberly in the GameTime Game of the Week. This is a nonconference game, with Kimberly in the Valley Football Association North Division and Menasha in the VFA South, and Korth feels the Papermakers will be a good barometer to see where his team’s at to start the season.
“Just like I told our guys, it’s a great opportunity for them to prove what type of football team they are,” Korth said. “Win or lose, we’ll kind of find out where we’re at and where we need to go that next Monday.”
There is always some mystery in Week 1 because teams have not played yet, only scrimmaged. Korth likes the idea of playing a team he’s familiar with as it helps with game planning.
“We feel that Kimberly has had a great recipe for success in that we kind of look in the past in things they have done against us, things they have done against other teams to kind of see where we’re going to go,” Korth said.
Menasha is viewed as a contender to win the VFA South after it finished in third place a year ago, one game behind co-champs Marshfield and Stevens Point. Menasha likely feels it should’ve tied for the title a year ago as it dropped a tough loss to Wisconsin Rapids, which won just two games.
“We’d really like to win that conference,” Korth said. “"Our expectations are to make the playoffs every year. Above and beyond that, we do want to get deep into the playoffs and give ourselves a shot to get to Madison. You never know how things happen at the end of the year."
Added running back Dylan Szews: "Our long-term expectations are to definitely make the playoffs and get past round one."
That work begins Friday, when the Bluejays kick off their season.
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