Ground and pound
T-Jacks have the beef to trample Dodge County
Sunday, July 28, 2013 7:00 PM
MENOMINEE - The M&M Timberjacks may have been missing seven skilled players on Saturday, but their offensive line proved to be a brute force and led a 42-6 victory over Dodge County.
Mike Hansen of the M&M Timberjacks muscles his way to break a tackle from Steven Rayone of Dodge County in the first quarter on Saturday.
T-Jacks coach Joe Plautz preached "next man up" to his players all week in preparation for the Braves.
Running behind an offensive line with an average weight of 300 pounds, Mike Hansen and Ryan Wortner were a two-man wrecking crew, as the duo combined for 400 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
Hansen broke the Timberjacks' single-game rushing record with 253 yards.
"I was really impressed with the way we played up front," Plautz said. "I felt that they dominated the trenches from start to finish. Our O-line gets the game ball this week."
After the T-Jacks forced a three-and-out to start the game, Hansen went to work quickly.
He had runs of 21 and 22 yards to give the M&M squad the ball at the Braves' 22. A 9-yard run by Brian Oudenhoven and a 4-yard scamper by Wortner set up Hansen's 9-yard touchdown run five minutes into the game.
Dodge County cut the deficit on the T-Jacks' next possession. On second down, Hansen broke through left side of the line before being met by two Brave defenders. He was stripped of the football and Tony Hanke scooped it up and ran 35 yards for a Dodge County touchdown.
The extra point was blocked, keeping the T-Jacks in the lead.
After stalling on their next possession, the T-Jacks found the end zone early in the second.
Wortner burst through the line and motored his way for a 66-yard run to the Braves 22. Four plays later, Wortner finished what he started, this time a run from 9 yards out to extend the lead to 14-6 with 13:36 left in the second.
Wortner ran for his second touchdown with 2:44 left in the half, this one from 3 yards away to up the lead to 21-6.
Hansen ran for three touchdowns in the second half, two in the third quarter from 25 yards and 1 yard out and finished with a 5-yard TD run in the fourth.
Other than allowing a fumble return for a touchdown, the Braves had little to no chance finding the end zone.
The T-Jacks' defense, led by Jason King with six tackles, dominated the Braves' passing attack. Willy Cornelius, Justin Baker and Oudenhoven each had one sack and put pressure on Dodge County quarterback Nick Vendon every time he dropped back to pass.
Wortner played stellar on both sides of the ball, rushing for 147 yards and completing a 34-yard pass to Scott Burnoski. Wortner also had an interception, as did Hansen and the two wreaked havoc on the Braves.
The Timberjacks (2-0) play host to the Door County Destroyers next Saturday at noon during Waterfront weekend.
"We'll have most of our guys back next week," Plautz said. "I'm very impressed with the way we played. We had a few too many turnovers which we'll work on this week, but overall, it was a good victory for us."