The Swedish football team is preparing for the last football match for the basic series 2021, a matchup on October 22 at Holdrege against a Duster team that the Swedish head coach Craig Haake says is difficult to put his thumb on.
“They seem to have a solid team,” he said. “The feature film we got from them was against Kearney Catholic and they were rolled. The other film we got from them was against Broken Bow and Holdrege should have won. So we’re actually watching a story about two teams.”
Regardless of what Dusters brings to the pitch on Friday night, Haake said that the Swedes must be ready.
“We have to play commissioned football,” he said. “They have playmakers and some good athletes and a quarterback who is back from injury who can make some games.”
The Swedes travel to Holdrege High School at 600 12th Avenue in Holdrege on October 22 for a kickoff at 19.00.
When the Swedes get ready for Dusters, they will learn some lessons from the 21-3 loss to Chadron on October 15.
Haake said that despite the points, there is a lot to be proud of in his team, considering that the young Swedes went toe to toe with an experienced, undefeated and ranked Cardinals team.
In addition, Göteborg Chadron held only 21 points in the entire match, seven points less than their least scoring match this season.
“I was pleased with how our defense stayed there,” he said. “It was 7-3 at halftime and I thought we made them quite uncomfortable after the first two quarters.”
When he returned from the halftime break, Chadron struck a touchdown to push the lead to 14-3 in Chadron’s favor.
“I think they felt good after the first point of the second half,” he said. “We simply could not maintain anything offensive. We should have stuck to the running game a little more. We tried to make some passing games but we just could not shake people off.”
Haake went on to say that the Chadron defense was as good a passing defense as the Swedes had seen this season, but felt on the other hand that his receiver needed to be more comfortable looking for the pass.
“We were not ready when we had an open look, and that window was extremely small,” he said. “We can usually get some action, but it just did not happen in the last week.”
The Swedes had 2-14 in the passing game on a total of 16 yards against Chadron.
The running game was a little more successful – Gothenburg picked up 98 yards on 25 attempts.
The game’s only point for the Swedes came on a 45-yard Bronson Long field goal in the second quarter.
Jake Burge accounted for 38 yards rushing on five carries and Wes Geiken had another 25 on eight rushing.
Burge also had a 19-yard reception.
Tra Rossell took three kickoff rebounds on 34 yards.
JJ Smith had 17 tackles to lead the Swedish defense and Jackson Daum had another 13.
Sean Meints and Bennett Geiken had 12 each.