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“I truthfully assume it was three,” Alsleben stated, nonetheless racking his mind. “I believe it’s three.”

On Thursday afternoon, the Litchfield senior signal-caller doubled that mark as a part of a powerful offensive showcase towards Watertown-Mayer.

The Dragons cruised to a 49-7 street victory over its East Central South district foe, shifting to 2-0.

Litchfield's Bennett Lecher puts his arm out to keep a Watertown-Mayer defender away for a 10-yard run in the first quarter of Thursday's game in Watertown. 

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Litchfield’s Bennett Lecher places his arm out to maintain a Watertown-Mayer defender away for a 10-yard run within the first quarter of Thursday’s recreation in Watertown.

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“Any time you bought a quarterback returning, and with the weapons we have now proper now, it’s a great factor,” stated Litchfield head coach Jim Jackman. “As a unit offensively, we obtained numerous children who’ve put in time. Whether or not it’s the load room, whether or not it’s summer season prep on their very own or collectively in teams … it’s a sensible group of youngsters that work onerous they usually wish to be good.”

On the primary drive of the sport, it took simply 5 performs for Litchfield to maneuver the ball 69 yards for a rating. Michels made a 28-yard, over-the-shoulder catch for his first of three landing receptions. Fellow wideout Bennett Lecher had a pair of scores within the first 12 minutes, with one on the bottom with a 10-yard jet sweep. Late within the first quarter, Lecher reached the tip zone once more after he took a bubble display into the tip zone from 11 yards out.

“That’s what our guys are taught: Get yards after the catch,” Alsleben stated. “They usually’re good at it, too.”

Litchfield linebacker Drew Kotzer chases down Watertown-Mayer running back Wyatt McCabe (6) behind the line of scrimmage during Thursday's game in Watertown. 

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Litchfield linebacker Drew Kotzer chases down Watertown-Mayer working again Wyatt McCabe (6) behind the road of scrimmage throughout Thursday’s recreation in Watertown.

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Whereas the offense moved the ball effortlessly, the Dragons’ protection held the Royals to zero yards within the first quarter. There have been two minutes left within the first half earlier than Watertown-Mayer obtained its first first down. Wyatt Larson led Litchfield with 10 tackles, adopted by 9 from Mason Olson. Michels got here up with a pair of interceptions to go together with six tackles.

“These children have performed a great job of prepping for the week,” Jackman stated of the protection. “They’re getting lined up, getting set after which simply attacking the ball.”

Michels added, “Realizing that we obtained a great protection takes the strain off our offense. Now we have a great offense, however having a great protection at all times helps.”

Litchfield wide receiver Tyson Michels makes a diving catch in front of Watertown-Mayer defender Dayvin Schroeder (1) during Thursday's game in Watertown. Michels had five catches for 150 yards in the victory. 

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Litchfield large receiver Tyson Michels makes a diving catch in entrance of Watertown-Mayer defender Dayvin Schroeder (1) throughout Thursday’s recreation in Watertown. Michels had 5 catches for 150 yards within the victory.

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The mixed efforts of the Royals’ protection and a stiff wind weren’t sufficient to sluggish the Dragons’ passing recreation as Alsleben was 13 of 18 for 329 yards and no interceptions.

“We noticed that they had just a few youthful guys in (the secondary),” Alsleben stated. “We knew we may assault that.”

Michels had 5 catches for 150 yards, adopted by 5 catches, 135 yards and two receiving touchdowns from Lecher. Lecher additionally had 48 speeding yards on 4 carries.

“This previous summer season, we have been all placing in work and working routes on the sphere,” Michels stated. “It’s paying off for everybody.”

Drew Kotzer led the Litchfield floor recreation with 104 yards on eight carries.

The Dragons outgained the Royals 543-162. Over their first two video games, they’ve outscored their opponents 83-21.

“Coming off of final season, we knew we may very well be particular,” Alsleben stated. “We didn’t lose too many guys and the juniors have a extremely good class, too. We simply needed to construct off of final 12 months, particularly in the direction of the tip of the 12 months the place we gained 5 of our final seven and our offense was clicking.”

Litchfield is host to Holy Household Catholic at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23.

Litchfield (2-0) 21 14 14 0 — 49
Watertown-Mayer (0-2) 0 7 0 0 — 7
Scoring Performs
L – Tyson Michels 28 go from Ben Alsleben (Garrison Jackman kick)
L – Bennett Lecher 10 run (Jackman kick)
L – Lecher 11 go from Alsleben (Jackman kick)
L – Lecher 79 go from Alsleben (Jackman kick)
L – Michels 26 go from Alsleben (Jackman kick)
W-M – Cole Lange 8 go from Albert Rundell (Ashton Hecksel kick)
L – Michels 49 go from Alsleben (Jackman kick)
L – Lecher 22 go from Alsleben (Jackman kick)
First downs: 14 … Penalties: 8-70 … Speeding (Particular person and crew): Drew Kotzer 8-104, Bennett Lecher 4-48, Tyler Jansky 5-21, Ryan Schutz 2-17, Ben Alsleben 5-16, Hayden Metcalfe 2-2, Victor Franco 1-0, Logan King 2-(-1). 29-207 … Passing (Particular person and crew): Alsleben 13-18-329-6-0, King 1-1-7-0-0, Kotzer 0-1-0-0-1. 14-20-336-6-1 … Receiving (Particular person and crew): Tyson Michels 5-150, Lecher 5-135, King 2-26, Kotzer 1-15, Jeremy Greer 1-7 … Interceptions: Michels 2 … Fumble recoveries: Metcalfe 1 … Tackles: Wyatt Larson 10, Mason Olson 9, King 7, Cole Bartlett 6, Michels 6 … QB sacks: None

First downs: 9 … Penalties: 4-49 … Speeding (Particular person and crew): Wyatt McCabe 19-61, Albert Rundell 3-13. 29-81 … Passing (Particular person and crew): Rundell 11-26-81-1-2 … Receiving (Particular person and crew): Steven Duske 5-32, John Mueller 2-48, Lange 1-8 … Interceptions: Wyatt McCabe 1 … Fumble recoveries: Dayvin Schroeder, Hunter Stein, Andrew Quast … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A



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