Showdown at Spies
T-Jacks, Rebels tied for first place in WSFL
Thursday, September 19, 2013 7:00 PM
MENOMINEE -Whenever the No. 1 defense faces off against the top offense in any sport in any league, it is an interesting battle.
The M&M Timberjacks’ Randy Hoheneder tries to shake off a defender during the team’s last home game. EagleHerald/Billy Betts
That matchup will take place this week at historic Spies Field as the 6-1 M&M Timberjacks play host to the 6-1 Sheboygan County Rebels.
These two teams have a rich history in the WSFL. Either the T-Jacks or Rebels have won the league title each of the past four seasons.
The T-Jacks are the team that features the No. 1 offense in the league. Led by Ryan La Count, Mike Hansen, Randy Hoheneder and many other talented athletes, the T-Jacks' offense has averaged a robust 41 points per game.
On the defensive side, the Rebels boast the No. 1 defense.
"It's a battle of the No. 1 offense versus the No. 1 defense and something has to give," T-Jacks coach Joe Plautz said. "I like our team a lot, but they really have a great team as well."
With both teams tied for first, in all reality, the winner of this contest will hold the top seed in the playoffs, barring the winner losing its final two games.
The M&M squad lost all three games against the Rebels last season 20-7, 10-3 and 9-7 after defeating them 7-0 in the championship game the year before.
"I expect this to be a low scoring, grind-it out game like it has been in the past," Plautz said. "I'm very happy to be playing them at our place."
A balanced offense is what the T-Jacks should expect to see from the Rebels.
Quarterback Corey Roberson is second in the league with 1,133 passing yards with 15 touchdown and only four picks.
Ricky Canon and Drae Strampe have combined for 900 rushing yards for the Rebels, who can beat teams in many different ways.
"They have a lot of weapons both at receiver and running back," Plautz said. "We have to be at our best against a team like them."
Plautz is happy to have all of his playmakers available for the game.
La Count will be one of the key members of the rushing attack as he leads the league with 746 rushing yards.
Hansen is second in the league with 710 rushing yards and is also the T-Jacks best receiver. Hoheneder will be back at quarterback and has been throwing the ball well, giving the T-Jacks the balance Plautz likes to see.
"I like the way we're playing both on offense and defense," Plautz said. "This will be a grind-it-out type of game and I think we're ready for it."
The game will be played at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Spies Field.
"We can't afford to make any mistakes and give the Rebels a short field," Plautz said. "They have a great defense and we have a very good offense. We'll just see what happens."