Chickasaws improve but still fall
In almost every aspect, Week 2 was way better than Week 1.
There was the weather, and even if it was misty and foggy, it beat the heck out of riding out a severe thunderstorm in Monona.
There was the defense that gave up 42 points in the opener to MFL-Mar-Mac coming to play with a physicalness that wasn’t seen the week before.
There was the energy and intensity that took a giant leap forward from the opener.
One aspect didn’t change; the Chickasaws still came up with a loss as Charles City used a 31-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-9 play to rally for a 14-8 victory in a non-district game Friday.
“That’s the frustrating part,” junior linebacker Ben Tenge said. “If we win, it would have been a perfect night, but we came so far this week that everyone on our team now knows we can be a good football team.”
Senior lineman Jacob Burgart agreed.
“I think getting beat last week — getting beat that bad — kind of woke us up,” he said. “We just practiced a lot harder and it showed. … We were a lot more physical, we looked a lot more like a football team.”
For a while — like the entire first half — fans were wondering if anyone was going to score on this night.
Charles City drove inside the Chickasaw 5-yard-line in the second quarter, but for the most part, both defenses were stout, at least when they had to be, in the opening 24 minutes and headed to the locker room with zeros on the board.
“We knew we had a challenge because again, just like last week, we were playing a team with a lot of seniors, a lot of experience,” New Hampton coach Scott Frerichs said. “They’re one of the faster teams we’re going to see all year. But we played with more energy, more speed and we were much physical than we were last week.”
— For more on this story, see the Sept. 9 Tribune