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Seeking its first victory of 2008, the
The Muskies hope to jump-start an offense that has put together just 223 yards of total offense in back-to-back losses to No. 9 Central (
The biggest miscue came early in the third quarter. Trailing 7-0, the Muskies drove deep into Mount territory after a short punt gave the offense a short field to work with. On third and five from the Lions' 9-yard line, senior quarterback Billy Hughes (
"They had one long drive, when we threw that interception deep in our territory,"
Besides cleaning up mistakes on turnovers, Doherty also said the Muskies (0-2) need better pass protection up front and a more consistent running attack.
"Our guys have to grow up a little bit and stay mentally sharp," Doherty said. "A lot of it is technical mistakes where there's just doing something wrong with their technique and getting beat, a couple times is mental. We've got to sharpen that stuff up.
"We also have to be more productive running the football," he added "That comes from within as far as staying on our blocks longer, staying on course in our running game."
Despite giving up a few big plays that led to scores, the Muskie defense was solid overall. Senior linebacker Brent Miller (Menasha) led a strong defensive front with 3.5 tackles for a loss (14 tackles overall), two sacks and an interception. Junior safety Isiah Calhoun (
"We looked pretty decent," sophomore cornerback Keith Woodson (
Junior defensive lineman Kellen Grott (New Holstein) said outside containment and tackling are two areas where the defense could use some fine-tuning.
"I think they capitalized on a lot of mistakes we made," Grott said. "Other than that, we got solid play. I think we just need to get rid of our mistakes and work the kinks out and we'll be fine."
Following a bye week, the Muskies return to action on Oct. 4, when they will host
The scouting report
The Red Men, who received three votes in the most recent D3football.com poll, piled up 641 total yards of offense. Quarterback Evan Jones earned College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Offensive Player of the Week honors after setting a school record with 428 passing yards. The previous mark was held by backup Dan DeBoeuf, which was set in 2007 against
"They like to bring pressure on pressure downs, which to me are your 'second and longs' and third downs," he added. "They like to heat up the quarterback a little bit to force some errors, some unwarranted reads and to make some sacks."