The biggest play call of the night may have come after the game for New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva football coach Marc Kruger. After the Panthers beat Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 42-0 to win the Golden Brick traveling trophy, he went into the stands with a gold ring and proposed to his girlfriend Michaela Raney.

Yeah. It was a great night to get the trophy home and I also proposed to my girlfriend.

NRHEG football coach Marc Kruger

Kruger commented on the AM 1390 KRFO Coaches Show Saturday morning, "Football has always been a huge part of my life. So I wanted to tie in the rest of my life into the football game as well. And it just kind of seemed like a perfect time with the rivalry game and all of her family was up for the game."

He said he was feeling cool and calm about popping the question, "I really wasn't all that worked up or nervous about it. Everyone kind of thought I would be."

Kruger says he met with her in the stands after the game, which he does most nights anyway. "Actually most everyone was gone by that time. Some people saw it happen. So they ran in the locker room and the entire team ran back out after. They were there for it."

I asked if he would still have proposed on Friday had the Panthers lost the game. He said he had a Saturday contingency plan, but he felt pretty good that things would work out Friday, as they did.

Marc Kruger on the KRFO Coaches Show

Regarding the game, the Panthers jumped out right away and built a 35-0 lead by halftime. Kruger said they had a nice balance between the run and pass. Defensively, NRHEG did not allow a first down in the first half.

The Panthers (2-1) go to St. Clair/Mankato Loyola on Friday, September 24.


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