Jake Machacek, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back from Apple Valley (MN) Eastview, is having one of the top rushing years in Minnesota state history. Machacek has led the Lightning to a 10-1 start as they defeated Farmington Friday 35-28 to win the Section 1, Class 5A title. They will face undefeated Stillwater (11-0) Friday at home.
had 25 carries for 115 yards, with 78 coming in the second half in their 35-28 win over Farmington Friday. He scored on a three-yard touchdown run and threw a five-yard touchdown pass.
Machacek has 291 carries for 2,241 yards (7.7 yards per carry with 33 touchdowns. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game but one against Eden Prairie, when he was knocked out of the game with an injury after 18 carries for 51 yards. Machacek has rushed for more than 200 yards six times and has scored two or more touchdowns in nine games.
Machacek had 30 carries for 267 yards and four touchdowns in their season opener against Jefferson. He had 32 carries for 245 yards with three scores versus Lakeville South.
Machacek finished with 26 carries for 252 yards and three touchdowns against Apple Valley and had 28 carries for 246 yards and two touchdowns versus Eagan.
Machacek finished with 23 carries for 288 yards and three touchdowns against Owatonna in the first round of the playoffs and had 46 carries for 309 yards and five touchdowns versus Rochester Century in the second round of the playoffs. He also had four rushing touchdowns versus Bloomington Kennedy and five against Burnsville.
GoldenSports.Net caught up with Mackacek to find out the latest on his recruitment.
you've had a terrific season. What things did you work on during the offseason
to prepare for this year?
"Mainly lifting. I'm in
track and field, so that helps with speed. We had a good strength program this
summer, so going to that every day this summer. I'm involved with hockey and
stuff, so a lot of other training. Not too many breaks."
5-5 last season, so you expected to be good, but are you guys pleasantly
surprised with your play this season?
"Me, personally, I knew
that we were going to do better than we did last year. Maybe not 9-1 (now 10-1),
I did not know that, but I thought that we had a shot of doing as good as we are
doing right now."
schools are you hearing from right now?
"Nothing too heavy as of
right now. I'd have to say the heaviest school that has been recruiting
me is St. Cloud, but other than that just a few Division II schools like
Augustana, Mankato and Duluth. No D1's."
heard from many D1 schools?
"I've gotten letters
from like Northern Iowa and North Dakota, but that is about it."
been able to make any college games?
"I went to a St. Cloud
game, but that was just with family and friends. I went up there again to
actually meet the coaches and stuff, so I've actually been to two St. Cloud
games, but that is about it for games."
You are a
multi-sport athlete. You are the captain of the hockey team and run
track. With so many kids now specializing in just one
sport, does that help you that you that you play other sports such as track
which helps with your speed and quickness?
"Hockey, you get the leg
muscles from the skating. Hockey does not have too much to do with it, but I
enjoy hockey. I'd have to say track and field is the one that mainly helps me
with speed and agility stuff."
are you planning on running in track?
"Track and field, I'm
still not 100% if I'm going to be running it this year. It all depends if I am
going to go to college and train. If I continue to do track, I'll be
running the 4 x 100 and maybe the 100, Definitely, indoors, I'll be running the
55 yard dash."
"In hockey, I am a right
You are putting
up amazing numbers. You are a 80 to 90% run team and opposing defenses
know you are going to run, yet you are still up to put up big numbers.
Does that give you pride in not only yourself, but in a very
talented offensive line?
"It gives me a little bit
of a confidence booster. They do know that we are running, but the offensive
line, if you make your blocks, they should not be able to stop it. Whatever
works, works I guess."
heard from Minnesota at all? They have three former Lightning players on their
roster. Have they talked to you at all?
"I have not received one
letter or talked to Minnesota."
Is that a
little frustrating that teams wonder about your size, but yet you are putting up
amazing numbers in a Lake Conference that is one of the better conferences in
the state. Is it a little frustrating that you are not getting more
"I would not say that it
is exactly frustrating right now, but maybe when the season is over and I have
not heard from big schools or D1-AA, at least, that might get a little bit
frustrating. There is nothing I can really do about it, I guess."
Does that even
give you a little bit more of a motivating factor that you say "Hey, I'm as good
as some of these other players?"
"It does. It gives you a
little chip on the shoulder. In order to get to that level, you have to play
good, so that is one of my motivators. I always think about that. It gets me
going a little bit harder."