Culture, coaches talk about it all the time because it is usually the key to winning. With the Gladwin football team that culture smacks you right in the mouth. They want to be the strongest, most physical team on the field and this year’s version is well on its way to being just that. Friday’s 56-0 beat down of Chippewa Hills was the reward for eight months of hard work.
“Our guys have worked hard in the weight room,” said Coach Marc Jartsfer. “Last night’s win was a direct reflection of that. Our offensive line was really good and all of our guys are strong physical runners with good vision. For the first time since he was hired over three years ago Jarstfer and his team had the benefit of a full offseason. Taking over late prior to his first season and COVID interruptions last year prevented he and his staff from fully implementing their off-season program. This year things were different.
“We did everything that we are allowed to do by the Michigan High School Athletic Association,” continued Jartsfer. “We worked out three days a week at 7 a.m., did camps and seven-on-sevens. Our guys have put in the work and all the credit goes to them. All of our success will be directly because of their effort.” He also mentioned the work that Coach Emeott has done with the offensive line and the defense as a whole. “He can’t get enough credit for what he has done.”
The Flying G’s dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage. They scored every time they touched the ball while shutting the Warriors out. Quarterback Nick Wheeler had another outstanding performance for the Flying G’s. He completed three of his four passes for 99 yards including an 80 yard touchdown pass to Kaden McDonald. He also rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown. When his 43-yard touchdown run was called back due to a five-yard penalty he went 48 yards on the next play for a score.
Logan Kokotovich rushed for 87 yards and three touchdowns on only eight carries. Brady Gehrett and Earl Esiline also had touchdown runs. Esiline also took the second half kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. He got up to speed so fast that the Chippewa Hills coverage team didn’t touch him. All seven different Flying G’s got carries in the game.
Shutouts take a total team effort and Gladwin got it from all facets of the defense. Logan Simrau got the only sack of the night, but defensive lineman hit the Chippewa Hills quarterback on almost every pass attempt. Lucas Mead and Trace Corlew made nice plays to break up passes. Esiline and Hunter Huguelet led the defense with eight tackles each. Kokotovich had seven. Esiline, Huguelet, Simrau, Lincoln McKinnon and Aaron Kozlow all had tackles for a loss.
Scoring 56 points meant that there were plenty of opportunities for the Gladwin kickers. Anna Seebeck kicked the extra points making all eight of her attempts. She was the first female to score in a varsity football game for the Flying G’s. Soccer player Treyton Siegert has a “big leg” and handles the kick offs for Gladwin. He did a good job at hitting the ball deep and down the sidelines preventing return opportunities. Jartsfer mentioned that Seebeck worked very hard all summer to get to this point. She is very accurate out to 30-35 yards and that Siegert has made kicks from beyond forty yards in practice. They will probably share the field goal duties depending upon the distance.
Gladwin travels to Pinconning next week to open Jack Pine Conference play. Due to the Labor Day Holiday the game will be played on Thursday night.