three minutes remaining in the first half, Massa threw a 16-yard touchdown pass, again connecting with senior wide receiver Schurman to give the Wildcats a 28-7 lead going into halftime. The second …
three minutes remaining in the first half, Massa threw a 16-yard touchdown pass, again connecting with senior wide receiver Schurman to give the Wildcats a 28-7 lead going into halftime.
The second half consisted of mostly garbage time where the Wildcats scored two more touchdowns and Central added seven more points. The final score was a 42-14 victory that kept River Falls in a tie for first place in the Mississippi Valley Conference standings with West Salem. After the game, Wildcats head coach Ryan Scherz reflected on how his team got the job done.
“It’s a good win for us, especially the way that we won,” Scherz said. “We had talked all week about taking our little things to another level because that was something that I needed to see more of if we were going to win like this and beat good teams – they did that and this is the payoff.”
Although the Wildcats’ offense put up 42 on Central, coach Scherz spoke about the success of the defense only giving up 14 points to a team that came into the Friday night game averaging nearly 30 points per game.
“Our defense and our defensive coordinator, they do an amazing job of confusing (the other team),” Scherz said. “It’s hard for the quarterback to understand on the fly what we’re doing. Their level of preparation was different this week, it was even better. I think they knew they could play better than they had and they’re growing. We’re still learning and growing and gaining experience.”
Coach Scherz stated that he spends a lot of time with his team working on the little things, trying to reach perfection in an imperfect sport. That quest for perfection has resulted in a team that statistically makes very few mistakes, is solid on offense and defense and is now in a position to win the Mississippi Valley Conference. Despite a great start to the conference schedule, Scherz isn’t getting ahead of himself.
“We want to play to our standard each and every week and get a little better, regardless of who the opponent is,” Scherz said after the blowout victory. “I’m going to let them enjoy it, but not get too high because we’ve got to go play La Crosse Logan next week.”
The Wildcats were scheduled to play La Crosse Logan this Friday at 7 p.m., but La Crosse Logan was forced to cancel the matchup. The Cats will hit the road to take on Sun Prairie instead at 7 p.m.