The Jackson Jaguars Middle School football team played Coon Rapids Middle School Oct. 21 for the district championship game.
It was a blustery cold day at 28 degrees with 20 mph winds but our team stepped up and shut Coon Rapids out 46-0 to accomplish their goal to a perfect 5-0 record. The team scored an astonishing 312 points for the season winning the district championship game.
Co-head coaches Daniel Kociemba and Stephen Watt strive to coach athletes to their maximum potential.
Kociemba has over 38 years in coaching under his belt in several sports like boxing, football, MMA, wrestling, and many more. He spends his spare time volunteering his expertise and skills to successful professional boxer and MMA fighter Stephen Watt who is also a seasoned youth wrestling and football coach.
Watt (Defense Coordinator) and Kociemba (Offensive Coordinator) took on the challenge of coaching football with several goals on how to develop an easy to learn system so players could execute flawlessly.
“We tied for the district championship in 2012 but our most important objectives were to make the program more fun for the players and to instill the game of playing football through a designed program of hard work and understanding the game,” Kociemba said. “We utilized communication that was easily understood for all players’ skill levels.”
Because of the great communication the players established, each player knew what was expected of them in their position and was able to execute plays or substitute for an injured player at any time. And, according to the coaches, “The results were remarkable.”
Kociemba noted that all players stepped up to the challenge and performed above the expectations set for them.
“We were lucky to have such an unbelievable amount of talent and heart,” he said.
The coaches hope that what the players have learned will advance them forward in the game of football if they choose to continue with the sport.
And when it comes to the talent on their team they agree, “They made our job easy.”
Players that help lead the team to victory were quarterback Jake Kociemba, runningback Ernest Worjloh, and middle linebacker Thomas Zinnah who excelled at all levels, calling plays and running the game on their own at times.
“We admire all the players’ dedication because it was a full team effort,” coach Kociemba said.
The statistics were staggering as not only did the team score 312 points in 5 games but they accomplished it with flawless execution on offense and a rugged defense that only allowed 32 points all season. The team played only 9 to 10 players on defense from time to time to give the other teams a chance to score in a couple games.
“It’s a great feeling to go out on top,” Kociemba said.