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Timberjacks Fall In WSFL Semifinals 10-6; FInish Season At 8-3
An uncharacteristically unproductive day from the offense, which was going up against a very rigid Sheboygan defense, proved to be the undoing of the M&M Timberjacks, who fell to the Rebels 10-6 on Saturday. The semifinal setback in Menominee not only ended the T-jacks season at 8-3, but left them just short of a trip to the WSFL title game for the first time since 2007.
"We couldn't get it going offensively. We had a plan and the Rebels did a nice job of taking that away," commented T-jacks head coach Joe Plautz. "We struggled all season to pass the ball effectively and that was an issue Saturday. We have to be more efficient passing the ball and it was something that we simply could not do this year."
Sheboygan jumped out to a 10-0 in the third quarter and held off a late comeback by the Timberjacks. Lee Rios drilled a 25 yard field goal with 11:08 left in the first half then watched Jared Querio fall on a fumble in the end zone at the 3:31 mark of period three. The T-jacks were pinned in the shadow of their own goal post when a hard hit jarred the ball loose.
Sheboygan held M&M quarterback Randy Hoheneder to just one completion out of 13 attempts for 26 yards. Hoheneder was intercepted twice on the day.
The T-jacks running game was doing all it could to help as Ryan LaCount rushed for 93 yards on 22 attempts. Earl Uhl, who turned in three solo tackles on defense, scored the T-jacks' only touchdown of the game as he rumbled across the goal line from two yards out late in the final quarter.
Derek Rye had six solo tackles and assisted on three others; Eric Krautkramer had five solo and two assists while Hoheneder notched three solo takedowns, assisted on another, intercepted a Rebel pass and had the team's longest special teams play of the day as he returned two kicks for a total of 51 yards with a long return of 27 yards.
"The defense played very well. Our offense sputtered all day," Plautz said. "Special teams was a negative as well. Then tack on four turnovers and you simply aren't going to beat good teams in the playoffs. We have nothing to hang our heads over. We pour our hearts into this game for nothing more than the satisfaction of playing the game that we love. Sometimes you come out on top and sometimes you don't. But this is a great group of football players and men that I am very proud of."
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