FCSH enters the playoffs with new faces against a familiar opponent | Sports


(Falls City) – Falls City Sacred Heart football is making its unprecedented 36th straight playoff appearance, but the Irish have a tough hill to climb if they want to make their typical deep run.

“The goal is to always make the playoffs,” coach Doug Goltz said. “We’re happy to be here, but we’re not going on the highest note. We’re not quite at full speed, but making the playoffs is the goal. And we accomplished it. “

The Irish enter the playoffs at 4-4. They ended the regular season with back-to-back losses to Johnson-Brock (44-22) and Lourdes Central Catholic (40-0).

The end of the regular season was not kind to the Irish. They suffered a handful of unfortunate injuries which forced them to switch positions and put some new, younger faces into the lineup.

“We had players in new positions and new starters,” Goltz said. “When you lose your quarterback, it’s always tough. We’re a mashed unit right now. It’s part of football. Unfortunately, it hit us at the wrong time.”

One of the new faces on the roster is junior quarterback James Froeschl. Goltz liked what he saw from Froeschl and the passing game against Lourdes Central Catholic. They just couldn’t convert.

“We threw the ball well,” he said. “But our biggest downside was not being able to shoot once we entered the 15 or 20 yard line. We need to do a better job in the red zone.”

The Irish make their annual playoff trip Thursday night against Humphrey-St. Francois (5-3). The Flyers are on their 40th trip to the playoffs and their 28th in a row. Nebraska’s two perennial 8-man powerhouses have met 11 times in the playoffs, including six times in the past decade. Sacred Heart has a 6-5 advantage in the playoff rivalry.

Freshman quarterback Carson Wessel leads the team this year with 677 passing yards and nine touchdowns while adding 12 rushing scores.

“By Humphrey-St. Francis standards, 5-3 is not typical for them,” Goltz said. “They have a bit of youth and have improved every week. They have improved steadily and have a great team. They are well trained. It will be a big challenge for us.”

Goltz hopes his team’s attacking successes last week can turn into points this week.

“We can’t make mistakes,” he said. “We have to put points on the board. Against Lourdes we were in a position to score and we didn’t put it in the end zone. We can’t let that happen.”

Sacred Heart/Humphrey-St. Francis is a 4:30 Friday afternoon departure. Click below to listen to the full interview with Coach Goltz.

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