Week 2: Area football teams eager to get back on field

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Gillett, Suring each play Thursday night

With a week of high school football now in the books, teams are eager to either carry over the momentum and earn a second straight win or try and clean up some of the mistakes it made in a week one loss to try and get back to .500 this week.
Teams will spend the week in the film room and then on the practice field, trying to break down various plays and schemes from week one and perfect them before week two.
Of the four area teams, Gillett may have enjoyed its week one outcome the most after claiming a thrilling overtime win over Green Bay NEW Lutheran.
“We played well as a team,” Gillett coach Jesse Witcraft said. “(We) overcame some adversity, such as the heat, being tired, trailing late in the fourth quarter. The guys never quit, no matter how tired they felt. We had to play some younger guys at times who played extremely well, considering most were playing different positions than what they were used to. So that night was a true team effort.”
Gillett will now prepare for a week two clash with Menominee Indian, which is coming off a lopsided 44-0 loss against Lena/STAA.
The co-op scored all of its points in the first half before easing to the shutout win. Coach Dale Lange was pleased with the effort the team showed but also doesn’t want the players to get complacent.
“I was happy about our young linemen and how they performed on blocking,” Lange said. “We made some nice holes for the backs and our backs ran hard. We had a balanced attack on offense and defensively we were able to shut down his big runners. However, there is room for improvement and we will need to do that for our upcoming opponents.”
Lena/STAA will take on Florence in Lena for its week two matchup. Florence offers a unique challenge as it is playing its first ever eight-man game after making the transition from 11-man this year. Florence did not have a week one game.
“We will be working on our offense and defense, to brush up and improve on where we are,” Lange said. “We won (last week) but there is a lot of room for improvement. Tackling and special teams are usually rusty this time in the season so we will put more emphasis on those also.”
Despite a loss in its week one matchup with New London, the Oconto Falls football team was pleased with its effort on the field.
Things don’t get any easier for the Panthers in week two, as it will host North Eastern Conference foe Little Chute. The Mustangs were a playoff team last year and the Panthers will be seeking their first win since September of 2016, but don’t expect Oconto Falls to go quietly.
“Little Chute is probably one the of the best D4 teams in the state,” coach Nick Bohl said. “They return a bunch of seniors who played last year, they are big up front and have great athletes on the perimeter. It would not shock me if they are playing for a gold ball in November. We are just going to have to work our gameplan and have to play flawless. Our kids will not back down against them.”
Suring is also coming off a loss in week one, a 54-7 setback against Manawa. The Eagles will look to get things rolling in the right direction when the Three Lakes/Phelps co-op comes to town on Thursday.
Three Lakes/Phelps earned a 20-8 win over Deerfield in its week one matchup. In last year’s meeting between the teams, Suring rolled to a 44-6 win with Logan Stuart’s three-TD game leading the charge.