Coaches Report: Ray/PL coach Seth Wisthoff
The Ray/Powers Lake Outlaws notched their fourth straight win on Friday with a decisive 54-16 road victory over Kenmare/Bowbells/Burke Central.
After building a 32-16 lead by halftime, Ray/Powers Lake outscored KBB 22-0 in the second half to cruise to the win. Tyson Enget rushed for two touchdowns in the second quarter, and added a touchdown toss in the fourth quarter for the Outlaws. Meanwhile, Jace Nelson accounted for four all-purpose touchdowns in the win for Ray/Powers Lake.
All told, the Outlaws produced a grand total of 459 yards of offense. The Minot Daily News reached out to Ray/Powers Lake co-head coach Seth Wisthoff to get his thoughts on the team’s recent performance, as well as his insight on this coming game against Tioga.
MDN: What was the key to your success on offense, particularly in the running game that led to 274 yards on the ground?
Wisthoff: Up front we have continued to improve as the season has gone along. That is starting point for all success on the offensive end and we hope to continue to improve throughout the entire season. On Friday, we took a couple steps forward on that end and that is why we were able to move the ball effectively.
MDN: Jace Nelson scored four all-purpose TD’s on Friday. What makes him such a potent offensive threat?
Wisthoff: Jace is a very gifted athlete. He has the capability to score from anywhere on the field. What allows him to be successful is we are able to move the ball around to a lot of different guys. This makes it hard for teams to prepare for everyone.
MDN: The team scored 24 points in the second quarter alone. What made the offense so effective in that period?
Wisthoff: We had a couple explosive plays during that time and were able to recover an onside kick as well. When all the phases of the game are clicking (offense, defense and special teams), it allows a team to score quickly.
MDN: Now at 4-0 this year, how do you sustain this level of consistent play as the year continues?
Wisthoff: We take each game one week at a time and we want to be constantly improving. If we can continue to improve each week, we hope to have the opportunity to win each game we play in.
MDN: What do you expect to see in your next game this Friday against Tioga?
Wisthoff: Tioga is a physical team that tries to spread you out on defense. We need to be sound in our assignments, execute at a high level, and continue to improve to be successful.