Ending a 10-year playoff drought was great, but for the West Point-Beemer football program, that satisfaction didn’t stop there.
The Cadets have their goals set much higher. And they played that way Friday night as West Point-Beemer produced a convincing 35-14 home win over Columbus Lakeview in the opening round of the Class C1 state playoffs.
“The kids were focused. They were intense. And they were ready to rumble this week,” Cadet head coach Troy Schlueter said.
“These guys have been so much fun to coach. They’re classy individuals. They’re good students. I just enjoy seeing them grow. Anytime you get a playoff win, you’re excited.”
West Point-Beemer set the tone of the game early on, and did so with their physicality. Lakeview possessed plenty of size, but that didn’t deter the Cadets from imposing its ‘smash-mouth’ game plan.
It wasn’t anything fancy for the Cadets. Blockers blocked hard. Runners ran hard. And tacklers attacked. All of that was executed quite well most of the evening.
“We wanted to set the tone physically. We wanted to be the aggressor,” Schlueter said. “A lot of times when you have two good teams going up against each other, the team that comes out on the attack is the team that usually ends up winning.”
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