MENASHA — When Menasha takes the field versus Green Bay Southwest on Friday Bluejays coach Jeramie Korth knows his team's going to be in for a battle.
That’s expected when the teams are seeded No. 4 and No. 5 , respectively, but Korth says this for another reason. The Trojans look familiar.
"I'd say they are real comparable to us,” Korth said. “I just have a lot of respect for the program. It's going to be a real good game Friday night."
Menasha, like Southwest, authored a 7-2 regular season and the Bluejays’ only losses came to undefeated Kimberly (45-30) and Oshkosh North (14-7). And in each case the Bluejays played both teams tough.
So when the Bluejays take the field Friday, they know they will be tough to beat.
"I think we're very good,” quarterback Tyler Johnson said. “We have a lot of explosive weapons on our team. We're able to put points on the board and hopefully our defense can hold them off too. Both of those teams we lost to were undefeated and we had a chance to win both of those games, so we feel very good going into this postseason."
Menasha finished the regular season on a 5-game winning streak, but Korth doesn’t feel his team has peaked.
“I think we still have some improvement to make and hopefully we can do that in the next couple weeks,” Korth said. “The two games that we lost were against great teams. I think we played pretty good football, we just have to make sure we cut out the mistakes and take care of the football, and our defense keeps playing the way they have been.”
What has led the Bluejays this season is the offense. The Bluejays have scored 30 or more points in eight games and running back Dylan Szews and Johnson both could top 1,000 rushing yards.
The Bluejays average 33.4 points per game as Szews has 946 yards on the ground, while Johnson adds 841, and they have combined for 23 touchdowns.
As well as Menasha has played, Korth is leery of the Trojans. He knows they won’t be a pushover.
"We're just hoping that when we size up and start playing that that just proves we are a better team then what other people think,” Korth said. “We got a little chip on our shoulder, hopefully we can prove something."
That chip might have to do with Menasha originally being seeded No. 4 only to end up at No. 5. After the coaches seeded the teams, Southwest appealed its No. 5 seed and a vote was taken.
Southwest won the appeal and was awarded the No. 4 seed over Menasha, which could not appeal the appeal. Only one appeal can be made.
“It’s win or go home,” Korth said, “so (there’s) that little sense of urgency and hopefully our kids feel that and they play like every down could be their last one or every game could be their last one as well.”
MENASHA BY GAME
Kimberly, L 45-30
@Kaukauna, W 42-2
Stevens Point, W 31-21
@Oshkosh North, L 14-7
Wisconsin Rapids, W 38-12
Oshkosh West, W 45-7
@Marshfield, W 35-27
Fond du Lac, W 38-26
@Neenah, W 35-17
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