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Timberjacks Run Past Dodge County 42-6; Hansen Keys 400 Yards Rushing
Running behind an offensive line that was firing on all cylinders Saturday night at Spies field, the backfield tandem of Mike Hansen and Ryan Wortner shredded the Dodge County defense and powered the Timberjacks (2-0) to a lopsided 42-6 win.
"I was really impressed with the way that we played up front," said T-Jacks head coach Joe Plautz. "Our o-line gets the game ball this week. I felt they dominated the trenches from start to finish. I was very impressed with them."
Dominated indeed. The Timberjack rushing attack was so potent, the team only attempted three passes on the day. The solo aerial hook up for the home team came on a 34-yard pass from Wortner to Scott Burnoski.
The ground-game stats for this one read like something you might have seen at the end of a video game circa 1986. Hansen set a new single-game club record with his 253 rushing yards. He needed just 25 attempts to get there, averaging just over 10 yards per carry and his longest run of the day went for 67 yards. Hansen notched four rushing teedees against the befuddled Dodge County defense.
When Hansen was taking a break from stuffing the pigskin down the throats of the Braves, Wortner did a masterful job of filling in as the one-man wrecking crew, going for 147 yards on just 15 carries for an average of just under 10 yards per attempt with a long of 66 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Wortner also factored into a defensive effort for the T-Jacks that pushed Dodge County around all game long as he picked off a Nick Vendon pass. The defense was led, however, by six tackles from Jason King, who also assisted on two more. Justin Baker and Eric Krautkramer each had four solo tackles. Sacks were recorded by Willy Cornelius, Brian Oudenhoven and Baker.
"We weren 't at full strength this week," said Plautz. "That comes with the territory in semi-pro football. We were missing about seven skilled guys but we brought the next man up and guys like Jason King, Ryan Wortner, Derek Rye and Brian Oudenhoven played out of position and played extremely well. We 'll see most of our guys back next week."
Up next for the Timberjacks will be the Door County Destroyers at Spies Field on Saturday, August 3 at noon.