Bluejays travel to face Lourdes on Thursday
Johnson Creek’s football team travels to Titan Stadium in Oshkosh to take on Lourdes Academy in a Small Trailways game on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.
The Bluejays bring a 7-0 overall record and a 5-0 conference mark into the game. They hold a one-game lead in the league standings over Fall River, whom they beat 14-6 in Week 6, and Lourdes (6-1), whose only league loss came in Week 3 against Fall River 15-10.
The Knights beat Cambria-Friesland 51-30 last week.
Sophomore quarterback Joshua Bauer had 619 yards passing and 372 yards rushing for Lourdes. Senior Trevor Bengson has 496 yards rushing this season, and scored five touchdowns in the win over C-F last week.
Senior receiver Benny Huizenga leads the league in receiving with 261 yards. Junior kicker Tyler Johnsen made a 35-yard field goal last week.
“They are a good football team,” Johnson Creek football coach Tim Wagner said.
“They go spread option. They want to spread you out. They’ve got some really good athletes. Their offensive line is very good. They were good last year, and most of those kids are back.
“Offensively, they will try to trap us a little bit and put the ball in the air. They spread the edge well with good athletes.”
Johnson Creek junior quarterback Justin Swanson leads the league in passing with 880 yards. Senior running back Anthony Purpi is second in the conference in rushing with 757 yards.
“Defensively, in our wing formations, I expect we’ll see a six-man front, and a 33 stack when we spread,” Wagner said.
The Knights edged Johnson Creek 10-6 last season.
“They got us last year at our place,” Wagner said.
“We reminded our kids. I thought we let that one get away from us at our place. But these are two different teams, and two different years. I feel we’re playing some good football and obviously, they are too, so it should be a really good football game.”
Wagner honored: Sunday, the Green Bay Packers recognized Wagner as its High School Coach of the Week. Wagner handed the officials the game ball prior to kickoff.
“It was awesome,” Wagner said.
“My mom was sick (and couldn’t come), but my dad and wife were there. They were on the field for an hour before the game. They had to leave the field 15 minutes before kickoff, but they let me stay down on the field for the opening kickoff and the first drive.
“I was a foot away from (Packers head coach) Mike McCarthy. A couple of the players walked by and gave me fist bumps. Just to be able to stand there was a neat experience. The Green Bay Packers did a phenomenal job. It was a class act … very, very nice.”