Sparta turns to strong run game for 2021

LA CROSSE, Wis, (WKBT)–The season for Sparta kicks off Friday, far away from home up in Baldwin-Woodville and if they’re going to get a win from their trip up north it’ll be thanks to their ground game.

Nick Kent takes the role of a traditional power running back, getting the lion’s share of handoffs last year, nearing 100 yards a game.

Then there’s wideout Carson Kelsey, who’s known to do what he does best on jet sweeps and runs outside.

Both are impressive on the ground but most importantly for coach Dow their styles complement each other during a game.

“What helps us with that is Kent really makes his money in between the tackles, and Kelsey’s an athletic guy on the outside who can make people miss. So they complement each other if you want to stack the box against Kent, Carson’s going to have success on the outside and the same thing if you go out there and try to stop the jet sweeps for Kelsey, it opens up the inside for Kent,” said Coach Adam Dow.

Sparta lost their two way starter Brett Stuessel, leaving Sophomore Thomas Laufenberg to take the reins this Friday for his first start.