WIAA football: Lancers face familiar foe

WIAA football: Lancers face familiar foe

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WIAA football: Lancers face familiar foe

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Manitowoc Lutheran is used to playing teams from the Trailways Conference, and with positive results.

Two seasons ago, the Lancers football team squared off against Deerfield in the WIAA Division 6 State Football Level 1 playoff game and last year took on Oshkosh Lourdes, winning both.

This time, No. 5 seeded Lutheran (6-3, 5-1 Olympian-Packerland Small) visits No. 4 Deerfield (7-2, 5-1 Trailways Large) tonight with familiarity on its side.

The last time the Lancers and Demons squared off, Deerfield’s leading rusher Bryce Macheski, 1,416 yards, and passer Cole Erickson, 684, were just sophomores but Lutheran coach Jim Carolfi is confident in his team’s chances.

“Macheski has nice speed and some good moves on the edge,” Carolfi said. “Erickson is good and runs the read-option well. We’ve played against their conference before and won. The Flyways isn’t as deep our conference so its easier to run up points.”

Carolfi says for his team to win, they’ll need to push the Demons out of their comfort zone.

“We matchup well up front,” Carolfi added. “They like to bring eight guys in the box against the run so we’ll need to open it up a bit offensively.”

Lutheran quarterback Ethan Hillmer figures to be a key player, with 14 combines touchdowns on the season. Despite rushing for 165 yards, Hillmer is second on the team in rushing touchdowns with six behind Will Klienert’s team-leading 10 scores.

When the two teams take the field, Carolfi knows his team will have to work for it.

“We both pose problems for each other,” Carolfi said. “It’s going to be a close ball game but we’ll need to score some points to win.”

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