Phoenix travel to face Columbus on Friday

October 5, 2018

Luther Prep’s football team travels to take on Columbus in a Capitol North game on Friday.

Columbus (1-6, 0-3 in conference) just missed upsetting defending Division 4 state champion Lodi 10-8 last week. Luther Prep (4-3, 1-2) defeated Poynette for homecoming 42-28.

“They’ve really been improving and they have a tradition of football and they have big guys and some good specialty guys,” Luther Prep football coach Justin Gregorius said. “It’s going to be a challenge.”

Quarterback Joe Morris, running backs Jamal Hill (617 yards rushing) and Caden Brunell (325) and receiver Trent Casper (305 receiving yards) are the featured skill position players for Columbus.

“They will run a triple option,” Gregorius said. “It’s a matter of stopping the dive first. That’s what they like to run, then go from there, stretching that thing out.”

On defense, Columbus has jumped around between even and odd man fronts.

“They’ve spent most of their time in an odd man front,” Gregorius said. “The key would be to work in on that. They have a lot of players on the inside. It’s basically a 35. (It’s a matter of) being able to take care of guys on the inside. They come hard. Their linebackers are really active. That’s going to be a key for us this week.”

With junior quarterback Cole Burow sidelined with a knee injury, the bulk of the offense has gone to senior tailback Preston Borchardt. Senior backup Micah Kieselhorst has made strides in Burow’s place.

“Give Micah lots of credit for stepping in and doing a great job,” Gregorius said. “Everyone else is stepping up, too. We’ve got some younger kids who have had to do some things. Everyone has stepped up and helped the team get better.”

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