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Pirates open season with conference win
Polson 20, Columbia Falls 6
Polson High School football team starts season with 20-6 upset over Columbia Falls
By JASON BLASCO, Lake County Leader
Newly appointed Polson head football coach Kaden Glinsmann has raved all off season about the multi-dimensional ability of cornerback- wide receiver Ryker Wenderoth. Glinsmann, an experienced coach and former assistant football coach at Carroll College under former head coach Mike Van Diest, has spoken highly of Wenderoth during the off season, referring to him as one of the best tacklers he has seen at the high school level.
Wenderoth didn’t disappoint on the preseason hype surrounding his playing abilities as he came away with a three-interception night to help catapult the Polson Pirates into a 20-6 upset over the Columbia Falls Wildcats during Friday night’s season opener at Polson High School.
The victory over Columbia Falls, a team that has recently been one of the top-shelf teams in Western Montana High School Class A football, gave Polson a big boost of confidence as they prepare to head into another critical week two match up Friday night at Whitefish High School.
“I think it’s a lot of confidence (our team) has in ourselves, and we aren’t worried about who we are playing, “Glinsmann said. “We are worried about what we can do for the guy next to us.”
Wenderoth’s three interceptions were one of the Pirates’ six total interceptions they forced during the game, making it hard for Columbia Falls to establish any rhythm in the game.
“I think especially defensively, our team played well because we had six picks, and that comes from a lot of time that we played in those Missoula 7-on-7s, and getting experience from that,” Glinsmann said. “Coach Bartley did a good job with the defensive backs. Each one of the defensive backs had an interception, and that is an even bigger deal.”
Early in the season, Glinsmann set the tone for the Pirates season by modifying expectations.
“With a new coach coming in, the kids talked about what mattered, and for them to come out, and play the way they did is helping build a program right away,” Glinsmann said. “That really helped us moving forward to make the biggest jump in our confidence moving from week one to week two. Our team came in on Saturday and watched film. We didn’t play a perfect game by any means, but the kids played hard. One of the biggest takeaways schematically and fundamentally (that we took from week 1) is that all of those things need to get better moving forward towards the rest of the season.”
Focusing on all phases
Football cliches become cliches for a reason, and Glinsmann knows to be successful, his Pirates must excel in all three aspects of the game. They did that during the season-opening victory against Columbia Falls.
“I am not worried about what the other team has or doesn’t have, and I knew they were going to be successful schematically and what they were going to do,” Glinsmann said. “We just called the game as our goal, and put our players in the best position to be successful. They are taking calls, and they are confident we aren’t calling those plays for them. Those kids are.”
Bring on Whitefish
The Whitefish High School football team has continued to build upon its reputation as one of the best teams in the state. Glinsmann isn’t focused on his opponent, but rather how his Pirates improve every week. The Bulldogs, a team that has been in thethat has been in the rebuilding process since capturing a Western Montana High School Association Class A football title in 2015, are looking to make another title run.
“I said this before we even played Whitefish, we said ‘win or lose, if Columbia Falls is the best game we play all year, it will be a travesty,’” Glinsmann said. “There are a ton of different little things we have to improve on, and it’s a matter of getting better at the things we already do well. We will have the same approach going through every week.”
Glinsmann’s philosophical approach towards preparing to play every team is basic.
“We are going to take what the defense gives us (during any given week), “Glinsmann said.
“Offensively and defensively, we have so many things we have to align to it. Our players have to know our assignments and we have to play as fast as possible.” Glinsmann is now focusing on improving his team’s play, moving forward. “It was a big day for the defense to have six picks, and it was huge because we only brought pressure with our front four, and did well,” Glinsmann said. “We have a lot of things to improve upon. We have to see us get better, and have more practices. The confidence of our kids is the biggest aspect of our game moving forward.”
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Pirates fall to Bulldogs
Whitefish 28, Polson 15
WHITEFISH — Devon Beale ran for two touchdowns as the Whitefish Bulldogs beat the Polson Pirates by 13 points.
The Bulldogs and Pirates are 1-1 on the season.
Polson 0 2 6 7 — 15
Wfish 14 0 7 7 — 28
W — Devon Beale 63 run (Carlitos Bertleson kick)
W — Beale 11 run (Bertleson kick)
P — Safety, errant snap on punt
P — 28 yard fumble return
W — Zach Veneman 9 run (Bertleson kick)
W — Jasxen Schlauch 10 pass from Fynn Ridgeway (Bertleson)
P — 37 pass from Bo Kelley
Complete stats for Polson were not available.
First downs 12 31
Rushing 20-43 40-343
Passing 9-28-116 9-20-125
Total offense 159 468
Fumbles 1-0 1-1
Penalties 3-35 9-115
Friday, September 13, 2019
Pirates rebound with win over Browning
Polson 21, Browning 6
No stats available