CHETEK, Wis. (WEAU) - The key to a great offense is having a solid line that can protect your quarterback and create lanes for the running game. Couple that with a defense that can hold their opponent to just over a 100 yards of offense and you’ve got a recipe for success. In last week’s regular season finale, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser showcased those components in route to a 41-6 win at home over their Heart O’North foe Spooner.
“The o-line played more as a team and we communicate a lot better now,” explained Bulldogs senior offensive lineman Karsen Green. “I know at the beginning of the season we were having some trouble and we switched some guys around and now we’ve actually been working pretty well together and moving guys. We aren’t afraid to hit someone that’s bigger than us or anything so. We might not get all the glory, but it still feels good knowing that sometimes we open up a lane for them to score.”
The Bulldogs got their scoring started with a 68-yard house call from running back Daniel Chuchwar. He would find the end zone four times against the Rails going for 178 yards on 16 carries. It was the senior’s second highest rushing and scoring output of the season. His 11.1 yards per carry were his best of 2017.
“He’s obviously a very good running back. I know he would give credit to his o-line,” said Chetek-Weyerhaeuser head coach Bill Knickerbocker. “His o-line has come a long way this year from the beginning of the year. There’s a lot more daylight that he can see as opposed to that first couple weeks of the season.”
Before this season began the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser football team lost one of their brothers. Owen Knutson died in a fatal plane crash this May. The Bulldogs have been playing with high emotions taking the field each week in his honor.
“We’ve got his name on our undershirts and words that he lived by that we play for,” described Bulldogs senior quarterback Andrew Loy. “We all just think of him while we play and try and play like he used to play, which is just selfless, all out and loving.”
This Friday marks Level 1 of the playoffs, but for Chetek-Weyerhaeuser it’s Week 9 all over again. The 3-seed Bulldogs host 6-seed Spooner in a rematch that could determine another week of football or the end of the season.
“We can’t take them lightly. We handled them last week, but we’ve got to do it again,” added Chetek-Weyerhaeuser senior running back Daniel Chuchwar. “So, I think we’re all a little mad at Spooner right now and I think it’s going to show on the field. I think we’re going to go take it to them.”
Don’t expect an identical game to play out on Friday, but anticipate another strong outing from the Bulldogs as they try to derail Spooner’s season.