Jaden Gault and Monona Grove improved to 11-0 with a 41-21 victory over Edgerton in the second round of the WIAA Division 3 state tournament.
We knew that Edgerton was a good team. They have a good offense and a really solid running back, so our defense had to make some plays. We moved the ball so easily, I thought. We moved the ball when we wanted to. We had some good drives but some dumb penalties. We're going to fix those. We had a couple close holding calls, and some breakdowns on kickoffs, but it was a good team win.
You've talked all season about you wanting to get your passing game going and you guys had four passing touchdowns, all at critical times it seems. How important was that tonight?
We knew we were going to come in with a passing mentality, but we knew could run the ball, too. We were able to loosen some things up with the pass and we were able to run down hill, which caused some guys to be wide open in the passing game off of play-action. Once we loosen them up, we were able to run dives the whole game.
How did you play individually now that you have gotten into a rhythm of having played a few straight games?
I feel so much better than I have in the past. I feel so much more physical. When you are sick, you aren't going to fill like 100 percent. I was able to seal a lot of my blocks to the inside and play really aggressively. I was able to smack a couple linebackers and knowing I can do that, I can go a long ways.
What do you need to do better going into next week's game?
We were working on the defensive tackle, who was moving around a lot, so I was helping out on him. They had a lot of blitzes. We had one breakdown where we didn't pick up the right guy. That's something we can fix on film. A couple times they beat us, but we were able to contain them for the most part. I thought the pass blocking went really well as a team.
We need to cap off drives and not make any mistakes. The reason we have lost in the past is because of penalties and turnovers. We had good ball security but we need to clean up the turnovers. If we can do that, we'll be fine.
You host the defending division 3 state champions in Waukesha Catholic Memorial on Friday, how will they challenge you as an offense?
They're a physical team and have talented people all over the board. We know they're going to be a tough team. We're going to be underdogs in this game, too. We won't be projected to win this game and we know that. We're going to go in there punching and not going to go down without a fight.