EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Justin Baker of the M&M Timberjacks grabs the ball over Door County Destroyers’ Bryan Beachler for a 6-yard pass reception in the first half Saturday at Spies Field. (Color reprints: www.ehextra.com)
EagleHerald/Jody Korch Justin Baker of the M&M Timberjacks grabs the ball over Door County Destroyers’ Bryan Beachler for a 6-yard pass reception in the first half Saturday at Spies Field. (Color reprints: www.ehextra.com)
MENOMINEE — Running clocks have long been a saving grace for M&M Timberjacks opponents.
This season, the Timberjacks have been on the wrong end of running clocks for the first two times in their illustrious eight-year history. Saturday, the T-Jacks lost 45-6 to the Door County Destroyers at Spies Field.
“Obviously this is well below our expectations,” M&M coach Joe Plautz said. “It’s not easy, but no one here is ducking that. We all know we have to get better and that’s where our focus is.”
The T-Jacks fumbled away the opening kickoff, and the Destroyers capitalized with a touchdown. Door County mounted a sustained scoring drive later in the quarter for a 13-0 lead.
Late in the first half, the T-Jacks scored on a 15-yard pass from Justin Belanger to Earl Uhl.
Door County was efficient in its spread offense and overpowering with its physical defense. The Destroyers held the T-Jacks to 87 rushing yards and 64 through the air.
Justin Baker rushed for 74 yards in 15 attempts, and he pulled in a 6-yard pass. Randy Hoheneder rushed for 14 yards in four attempts, and Uhl had two catches for 22 yards. Ryan LaCount caught a 15-yard pass from Belanger, and Zach Mayerhofer caught two passes for 19 yards.
Hoheneder led the defense with five solo tackles, six assists, a pass deflection and a blocked kick. Brian Oudenhoven had five solos, two assists and a tackle for a loss. LaCount had four solos and two assists and Jason King had three solos and three assists. Robert Forgette had three solos and two assists and Danon Watson had two solos and four assists. Ryan Doxtator made a sack.
The T-Jacks (0-2) will play at the Manitowoc County Mariners next Saturday.
“We aren’t happy to be playing the way we are,” Plautz said. “It starts with me, I have to coach better and the same goes for our guys. We have a standard that we’ve set here and we’re nowhere near that. I can assure you though, that our staff and players will work our tails off to make sure that we improve.”