T-Jacks' posse faces Outlaws
Top-seeded Timberjacks control their own destiny
Thursday, October 03, 2013 7:00 PM
LITTLE CHUTE, WI - The M&M Timberjacks are at a spot in their season they were hoping to be in to start the year.
Win their final two games and earn a first- round bye and host a playoff game.
"We control our own destiny," T-Jacks coach Joe Plautz said. "If we win our last two, we'll have a bye and host a playoff game."
The Timberjacks (6-2) travel to Little Chute Saturday to face an Outagamie Outlaw team that passes the ball as well as anyone in the state.
The Outlaw passing attack is led by Alex Whitney, who, according to Plautz is the best signal caller in the Wisconsin State Football League.
The M&M Squad defeated the Outlaws 46-28 earlier in the season, but Whitney was nearly a one-man show, throwing three touchdown passes and also leading the team in rushing.
"Whitney is the type of guy that can do it all for his team," Plautz said. "He's so athletic and talented. We have to focus on shutting him down the entire game in order to be successful."
Running the ball is something the T-Jacks do best and Plautz is expecting another strong showing from his ground game.
Against the Outlaws starting back Ryan La Count blew past the defense for 241 yards on 23 carries with three touchdowns.
With the season-ending injury to Mike Hansen and Randy Hoheneder working out of town, La Count will get a heavy dose of running opportunities.
Justin Baker has been another T-Jack player to step up as of late and will see more carries, as will do-it-all back Nico Fulsom, a player who also is a deep ball threat.
"If we can control the offensive line and play our game, I think we'll do just fine this week," Plautz said. "Their defense struggled against us last time and I like the guys we have playing this week."
The stingy T-Jack defense, which has been led Willy Cornelius with eight sacks, knows it has its hands full.
Whitney's success has also been aided by receivers Brandon Clark and Steve Peters, who are ranked first and second in the league in receiving and have caused matchup problems every week.
"They have good receivers and our secondary needs to play tough," Plautz said. "They're quick, speedy guys that can do a lot with the ball in their hands."
Despite Outagamie County's 3-6 record, there have been several close losses and with this being a road game for the T-Jacks, Plautz will take a win any way he can get one.
"They're better than their record shows," Plautz said. "There are four or five teams in the league with very good records. This league has been much better this year and it is fun to be a part of."
The game will be played at Little Chute High School at 6 p.m.