Posted On: 10/6/20 3:21 PM

You might think that when you watch a game where two teams combine for 80 points there might not be much defense to speak of. That is far from the truth though. Mineral Point and Lake Mills consistently battled all night long last Friday. The trenches had some of the most intense back and forth battles, the LBs had a ton of work in front of them to shut down the inside run and passing lanes, and the DBs had some very talented receivers to shut down. The defenders won their fair share of battles despite the 80 points. There are eight defenders I want to highlight from the game because of their performances, talent, and a lot of the players’ conditioning on this list as most played both ways.

Will StrakaWillStraka6'1" | RBMineral Point | 2021StateWI, Senior LB/RB- Mineral Point

Will is one of the leaders on the Mineral Point defense. His defensive stats weren’t off the charts, but his impact was huge. Against the run, Straka quickly hits the gap after mirroring the RB’s movements in the backfield. He also proved that he can pursue sideline to sideline and cut off plays before they were able to break free on big

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