Three straight wins is the objective when the Brainerd Lumberjacks host the Twin City Rhinos in a Midwest Premier Football League game at 4 p.m. Saturday at Shew Field behind Franklin Arts Center.
Since losing to the Minnesota Sting 55-20 June 16, the Lumberjacks have nipped the Twin Cities Titans 13-12 and hammered the Granite City Renegades 33-20 to raise their record to 6-2.
“Our defense has always been good,” Lumberjacks coach J.J. Kern said. “The last game Mark Hummel was phenomenal at quarterback. He’s the third quarterback we’ve gone with this year. At this point he’s going to be our starter. He threw for almost 400 yards and four touchdowns the last game. You can’t take that out of the game.”
On June 2, the Lumberjacks beat the Rhinos 14-12.
“We’ve made a lot of improvement throughout the course of the year,” Kern said. “Being it’s a home game we expect to put on a good show.”
Kern said the Lumberjacks are tied for second place in the MPFL at 6-2 with regular-season games remaining July 14 against the Northern Terror at Chisago Lakes and at home July 21 against the Minnesota Sting, who are 6-1.
“That last game of the year against the Sting, if we take care of business it could mean a lot,” Kern said.
Teams can’t make roster changes after July 1 so the Lumberjacks are committed to the players they have.
“Our roster is what it is,” he said. “We have to work to get that timing down with Hummel and our offensive line played awesome.
“Our main goal is to get better every game. We won the league championship two of our first three years. Our goal is to win another championship. To do that we must get better every week. There’s still a long way to go, but I think we’re set up to be right in the mix.”