Flivvers to Westwood
By BURT ANGELI
KINGSFORD – The unbeaten, but far from perfect, Kingsford Flivvers head to Westwood on Saturday.
The young Flivvers pulled out a second straight non-league football victory last week, holding off Cedar Grove, Wis., and lightning-fast Aaron Chier 34-32. They recovered from a 14-0 hole to beat Lakeland in the first game.
“We want to go out and play a little better,” Kingsford Coach Chris Hofer said. “We had some breakdowns that we really shouldn’t have.
“We just missed stuff that we shouldn’t have missed. Granted, they had some good players but it was fundamental stuff.”
Chier sparked Cedar Grove to 368 yards total offense. The Flivver defense made three stops at crucial times to bail out an offense that mustered 207 yards.
“We had some chances to really put that game away,” Hofer said. “Every time I thought we were going to close the door they would do something to open it.”
Lining up on the wrong side, a tipped pass and a missed read aided Cedar Grove.
“A lot of little things,” Hofer said. “If we had just done them it might have been a whole different game.”
The Flivver coach was pleased to see his team handle another stressful situation.
“It’s good to see that competitiveness within your team,” he said. “All good experiences for down the road.”
Hofer goes up against one of his former players in Westwood Coach John Jessen, a 2000 KHS grad. The Flivvers (2-0) and Patriots (0-2) meet at 1 p.m.
“He was a good, tough, self-made player,” Hofer said of Jessen, who started at guard. “He worked hard. He wanted to be a player and did what he had to do to be one.”
The Patriots suffered losses to Stephenson, 26-7, and Houghton, 26-20, this season. The Gremlins prevailed in double overtime.
“Hang in there,” replied Hofer when asked what advice he’d give the young coach. “Sometimes it takes time.
“John knows what he wants to do. It might take some time to iron out all the little intricacies.”
Like the Flivvers, Westwood is running the wing-T offense.
“It’s basic, just like when we started,” Hofer said. “They’re running a little bit different stuff with a couple big play kids.”
Derek Wing’s three touchdown runs of 71, 31 and 74 yards paced the Patriots against Houghton. The senior finished with 192 yards on 13 trips.
NOTES: Linebacker Jake Allen and cornerback Ed Sexton earned Flivver of the Week from the coaching staff. Allen posted 16 tackles, with 11 solo, while Sexton added nine (seven). According to the Flivver defensive charts, Allen tallied 28 points and Sexton had 26. Alex Patterson matched Sexton’s tackle count. Drake Griggs (blocking) and Daniel Fleming (special teams) were also saluted. Brody Sundquist, Cole Tengesdahl and Allen received Flivver of the Week for the season opener against Lakeland. Griggs and Jake Coughlin shared the blocking award while special teams went to Sexton.