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September 26, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Vincent calling all the right shots for Timberwolves

Lost in the blur that is the Jackson offense is the Timberwolves’ defense.

No opponent has scored in the third quarter. Only Stanwood and Arlington have managed any points before halftime.

Lost in the blur that is Jackson’s defense is the man in charge.

Long-time Jackson coach Joel Vincent took over defensive-coordinating duties from Mark Kreutz, who isn’t on Jackson’s staff this season. “He wanted more time with his family,” Vincent explained. “But I’m sure he’ll be back coaching in a year or two.”

Vincent’ 3-4 defense has been perfectly suited for a senior-laden outfit whose strength lies in its linebackers. Four-year starter Riley Carr (first-team all-league) anchors a group which includes second-team selections Anthony Mortera and Chris Whang.

Jackson (4-0, 2-0 Wesco South) hasn’t trailed since being down 10-0 in the season opener at Stanwood. The No. 5 Timberwolves have rattled off runs of 35-0 (Stanwood), 61-0 (vs. Shorewood), 35-0 (vs. Arlington) and 31-0 (Friday at Edmonds).

“We’ve always kind of been in these games that seem like track meet,” Vincent said. “We’re trying to reestablish a new tradition here with this team – and that’s defense.”

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