Lake Mills hosts Luther Prep for homecoming in Week 9 matchup
By Kevin Wilson
Luther Prep closes out the Capitol North slate at Lake Mills in a homecoming game at Campus Field on Friday. The Phoenix (5-3, 2-2 in conference) must win in order to become playoff eligible. Lake Mills (6-2, 3-1) earned its fourth consecutive postseason berth last week when it beat Lodi 25-14 to snap the Blue Devils’ 21-game conference winning streak.
Lake Mills has amassed 1,805 passing yards and 22 touchdowns behind sophomore quarterback Adam Moen and receivers Hunter Buechel (526 yards), Matt Johnson (463) and Luke Pierce (377). Week 9 weather conditions look to be favorable for the passing game. That isn’t always the case this time of year.
“Friday night is going to be the nicest day of the week — cool, clear with no wind,” Luther Prep football coach Justin Gregorius said. “(Facing Lake Mills), it’s different than what anyone else does in the conference. You have to prepare for it differently, and they do it well. They are well coached.”
The Phoenix have had some success with takeaways in the secondary. Any chance they have of keeping this game within reach may rest on that.
“That’s going to be the key — turnovers,” Gregorius said. “Making Moen uncomfortable, giving him looks he hasn’t seen. He’s only a sophomore. I hope some of that can play into our hands.”
Luther Prep senior running back Preston Borchardt has 813 rushing yards on 136 carries this season. The Phoenix came up with a few big plays in the passing game last week with senior quarterback Micah Kieselhorst connecting with Nathan de Galley and Zachary Gregorius.
They’ll face a Lake Mills defense that slowed Lodi’s running game.
“What they did against Lodi was jump between getting six guys up there,” Gregorius said. “Sometimes they would go to an odd man five man front. I’m sure they will key to stop Preston. We’ll see what they do. I expect that to be their focal point this week.”
The Phoenix will continue to be without offensive guard Levi Clark, who is out with an MCL strain. Starting dual threat quarterback Cole Burow is listed as day to day due to injury.
Since losing the first two conference games to Lodi and Lakeside Lutheran, Luther Prep has been in must-win mode.
“It’s another playoff game, an exciting game,” Gregorius said. “I think it would be great for the Capitol North to have four teams playoff eligible, but we’ve got to do what we can on Friday night.”