MENASHA (NBC 26) — Football at Menasha High School is a family affair. The team is led by head coach Jeramie Korth, and his son A.J. Korth is the quarterback.
“He went to school in Menasha, my uncles went to school in Menasha, my whole family did. So being able to play for the same team they did is really special,” said A.J. Korth.
When coach Korth played at Menasha, he was the quarterback and middle linebacker.
“[A.J.'s] not tough enough to be a quarterback and a middle linebacker but he’s a better quarterback than I was,” said Jeramie Korth.
The similarities don’t stop there.
“He’s wearing 17, which was my number in high school as well,” said Jeramie Korth.
Coach Korth is proud of his son on and off the field.
“A.J.’s a really good kid. He’s a good leader and he makes a lot of good decisions along with the kids in his class so I’m proud of him as a person more than a football player,” said Jeramie Korth.
Having his father as head coach hasn’t changed much for A.J.
“I don’t get too much pressure; I don’t let that kind of stuff get to me. I just kind of do my thing out there,” said A.J. Korth.
Menasha and Neenah are both 1-and-0 this season. Coach Korth told us they’re just trying to do their best and beat a good football team.
The twin cities match-up is this Friday, and TV 32's featured showdown game.
“We’re feeling good this week. It was a good week to get started with Appleton East and we’re going to go into week two strong against Neenah,” said A.J. Korth.