Area Teams Struggle With Non-Conference Foes
Hot Start Not
Enough for Peshtigo
The Peshtigo Bulldogs traveled to Bonduel Friday night to take on the Bears in a nonconference battle of two, 1-0 teams. After taking the opening kickoff for a score, Peshtigo couldn't seem to find the end zone on their way to a 19-7 loss.
Peshtigo freshman back Jared Jandt wasted little time removing the Ŕ" from the scoreboard. On the game's opening kickoff, Jandt received the ball and proceeded to the right side of the field where it was all daylight from there. A 66-yard touchdown return and a successful point after gave the Bulldogs an early 7-0 lead.
At the 8:15 mark in the first quarter Bonduel knotted the score at 7-7 after a 2-yard touchdown run. Stout defensive play and punts back and forth by both teams brought the first quarter to an end with a score of 7-7. "We score off the opening kickoff and things are going well, then they answer and we knew they weren't just going to roll over. From there, it just got ugly, mistakes just kept adding up and up," said Peshtigo Coach Eric Seyler.
A key cog for the Bears attack all night was their ability to convert on fourth down. Bonduel had a third down with eight yards to go, a fumble in the backfield brought up fourth and 11. The Bears connected on a 13-yard completion to extend the drive and on the next play scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 7:43 left in the second quarter. Bonduel took the lead 13-7.
Peshtigo found the red zone on the ensuing drive and looked as though they had the momentum. Bonduel called a timeout and on the very next play proceeded to intercept a pass near the goal line to halt the Bulldog attack. Peshtigo's defense held strong and brought up a fourth and six situation deep in their own territory. Bonduel ran a fake punt to extend the drive with three minutes left in the half.
Bonduel's drive stalled after a fumble was recovered by Peshtigo. The Bulldogs' next drive saw a three-and-out end in a punt. With 26.1 seconds left in the half Bonduel took over on the 45-yard line. A deep pass batted down by Peshtigo cornerback Riley Reif followed by a fumble ended the half with the Bears leading, 13-7.
Peshtigo looked to Reif for quarterbacking duties in the second half. The Bulldogs found themselves nearing pay dirt and on the brink of tying the game. On a fourth and one situation from the 8-yard line, the ball was snapped over the head of Reif stalling the scoring opportunity.
In a bizarre scenario, with 5:45 left in the third quarter on a Peshtigo punt, the ball was kicked and batted down by a linebacker where a Bulldog recovered the kick, giving Peshtigo the ball. A call was made that the ball was first contacted behind the line just off the foot of the punter, then by the linebacker, therefore the ball was dead and the Bears were awarded the football.
Bonduel took full advantage of the play capping off a 4-minute drive with 6-yard touchdown pass, the 2-point conversion was no good. The Bears extended the lead to 19-7. From there, both teams' defenses held strong and the game finished with the same score.
Peshtigo quarterback Justin Thill finished the game four for seven for 32 yard and an INT while Jandt finished with 89 yards on 22 carries. Max Neumann led the team in receiving with 20 yards on one catch.
"With all of the mistakes, we were in it and had opportunities. They made plays and we did not when they needed to. When push comes to shove, they only scored 19 and we were in the red zone five times and came away with nothing, I think our mistakes cost us," Coach Seyler stated.
The Coleman Cougars took to the road to take on the Manawa Wolves Friday night in a non-conference affair. Coleman scored early and often on their way to a 46-6 victory as they advance to 2-0 on the young season.
Jacob Zeitler began the Cougar end zone party in the first quarter with two touchdown scampers. The first, a 4-yard run capped off by a successful 2-point conversion by Gunnar Patz. Zeitler's second touchdown came from 26 yards out extending the lead to 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Coleman again scored two touchdowns in the second quarter. Blake Fornier's 10-yard teedee run followed by another 2-point conversion from Patz pushed the lead to 22-0. Then, the Cougars' special teams joined in with a 76-yard punt return from Jordan Blanchard, Coleman led 28-0 at the half.
In the third quarter, Blanchard found the end zone again, this time while on offense. His 14-yard run found pay dirt as he also converted the 2-point conversion pushing the score to 36-0. Manawa's lone score came in the third quarter as Zach Kreklow broke off a 62-yard run for the score.
Coleman's Jake Baldwin capped off the stellar Cougar night by punching in a 1-yard score, Josh Pillath converted for 2 points making the score 46-6.
Zeitler led the rushing attack with 111 yards on 16 attempts with 2 TD's while Blake Fornier added 51 yards on 8 attempts.
It was a grueling Friday evening for the Wausaukee Rangers, as they fell to the visiting Laona/Wabeno Rebels 20-0.
Wausaukee depended heavily on a brutal up the gut run attack spearheaded by Tony Rollo while the Rebels turned to the air attack to overcome a tough defense effort.
"Three big plays is what they got us on," said Wausaukee head coach Grant Russ. "We gave those plays up and we knew we couldn't do that because they got plenty of speed."
What it truly came down to were three big plays by the Rebels.
The Rebels started the night on offense and drove down to the Rangers 36 yard line before fumbling the ball on a second and nine attempt. Rollo recovered the flying fumble, which popped out of the hands of a Rebel ball carrier, to give Wausaukee possession on the Rebel 45 yard line.
The Rangers first drive started strong with Rollo plowing his way to two consecutive first downs before stalling out on an incomplete pass on fourth down on the 28 yard.
On the ensuing Laona/Wabeno drive, the Rangers were able to generate another fumble, which was recovered by Joey Rozivka on the Rebels 49 yard line.
"We played very well defensively, we hit hard and had plenty of aggressiveness and were so physical today," said Russ. "We won most of our battles. It was just that we couldn't supplement the run game with a good pass game."
The fumble would again be fruitless as the Rebels came up with the fourth down stop on their own 30 yard line.
With 10 minutes left on the clock during the second, the Rebels looked to break through but were unable to thanks to some strong defense, including a second down sac for a loss of five yards by Wausuakee's Aiden Shaw, helping to force the Rebels to punt a few downs later.
"Shaw is so quick off the ball," said Russ. "We just have to work on reigning that aggression in so he doesn't blow past the play."
It would not be until the final two minutes of the half when the games first score was rung in. The Rebels Brandon Moravec aired it out for a 50 yard passing teedee to Brendan Dorner. The extra point kick turned out to be a fake, but Wausaukee was quick to cover giving the game a 6-0 score.
Wausaukee answered with a five play drive that ended with a fumble on the Laona/Wabeno 39 yard line.
With under a minute left until the intermission, the Rebels quickly approached mid field thanks to a screen pass from Moravec to Dylan Houts. On the last play of the half, Moravec rolled out to the Rebel sideline gaining 10 yards before cutting back toward mid field where he slipped past a couple would be tacklers, making it all the way to the Ranger 23 yard line before being pulled down.
The Ranger offense continued to plow their way across mid-field in the second half, but were unable to finish any of their drives with points.
The Rangers were forced to punt on their first drive of the half, kicking the ball to Moravec, who recovered on the 22 yard line then carried to the 48 of Wausaukee.
"Offensively we looked better today," said Russ. "We definitely moved the ball better than we did last week. We just need to finish drives."
On the Rebels first possession of the second half, Wausaukee saw the lead increase thanks to a well timed screen pass. All night Wausaukee's pass rush was dangerous, putting pressure on Moravec. But this time the pursuit would prove to be fatal as Moravec tossed a floater over the rush connecting with Dylan Houts on the screen pass, which went for 35 yards and the score.
Wausaukee's next drive looked as if it would stall out around mid field again as the punt team took the field. But it was only a rouse, as Dustin Westphal took the snap and ran for the first down. Unfortunately for the Rangers, the fake punt was answered by a stout defensive stance form the Rebels who forced a turnover on downs.
Moravec continued to enjoy passing success as he connected for another teedee on the next drive. The pass was to Dorner, this time from 58 yards out to cap off the night's scoring.
Wausaukee did all they could on the final drive of the night, working their way to the 45 of the Rebels before time expired.
Suring's stifling pass defense helped lead them to a 21-8 win over Crandon on Friday in Suring.
Suring's defense held Crandon quarterback John Doane to just 14 yards on 2-13 passing. He also threw two interceptions on the day, and finished with a quarterback rating of zero.
Despite those numbers, Crandon did hold an 8-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Suring opened the scoring with an 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback John Christensen to Cody Smith. Christensen passed for 171 yards, completing eight of his 13 passes, with two touchdowns and an interception. His quarterback rating was 113. He also led the Eagles on the ground, as he rushed for 42 yards on eight carries. Smith ran the ball nine times for 29 yards in addition to his 18 yards receiving.
Crandon's Riley Wagoner scored on a five yard run, and completed the two-point conversion as well. Wagoner and the Crandon running game had an efficient day, despite the team's passing struggles. Wagoner gained 66 yards on 10 carries, while Doane led the team with 74 yards on 12 carries.
Suring re-took the lead later in the second quarter when Christiensen hit Ryan Mahoney for a 79-yard touchdown, while also completing the two point conversion, to make the score 15-8. Mahoney broke the 100 yard mark on the day, hauling in three passes for 100 yards and the aforementioned touchdown.
Neither team scored in the third quarter, but Suring would ice the game in the fourth, as Smith ran the ball in from four yards out for his second touchdown of the day.
Continue in Oshkosh
The Crivitz Wolverines looked to jump start their season against the Oshkosh Lourdes Knights after a tough week one.
On the first play from scrimmage, the Knights connected on a 45-yard touchdown completion, quickly taking a 7-0 lead. Lourdes Academy scored again in the second quarter on a 6-yard touchdown run extending the lead to 14-0.
Crivitz answered back in a big way as the Wolverines executed a halfback pass to perfection. Quarterback Travis Kudick pitched the ball to Jaden Werner who fired a missile to Karsten Olson for a 61-yard touchdown. The extra point was missed but Crivitz cut the lead to 14-6. Just before halftime, the Knights scored on a 3-yard touchdown run making the score 21-6 at intermission.
Neither team would find pay dirt again until the fourth quarter. The Knights ran in a touchdown from the 2-yardline making the score 28-6. The Wolverines responded just over two minutes later as Kudick ran the ball 13 yards to the end zone for a touchdown. This trimmed the Knights lead to 28-12 but Oshkosh Lourdes held the ball for the rest of the game on their way to the victory.
Kudick finished 8 for 21 for 111 yards and an interception for Crivitz. Running back Samuel Spink recorded 54 yards on seven rushes and Charlie Johnsen hauled in three catches for 67 yards for the Wolverines.
Great 8 Northern Football
The Lena/STAA Titans traveled to Green Bay to take on the NEW Lutheran Blazers Saturday in a battle of two Great 8 North teams. Lena/STAA tried to battle back from a 24-point deficit, but the hole was just too big to climb out of as they fell 32-20.
The Blazers drew first blood as they capped off a nine play drive with a one-yard touchdown run taking a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. NEW then scored three times in the second quarter on runs of 8, 5 and 39 yards to break the game open 24-0.
Lena/STAA recorded their first score in the second quarter as Jack Farley connected with Hunter Borchert on a 5-yard touchdown pass, cutting the lead to 24-6 at halftime.
Another touchdown for the Titans in the third quarter brought the score to within two possessions again, 24-14. This time it was Tyler Stuart punching in a 5-yard touchdown run with 24 seconds left on the clock. The combo of Farley and Borchert hooked up again, this time for the 2-point conversion.
NEW extended the lead in the fourth quarter with a 9-yard touchdown run making the score 32-14. The Titans answered right back as Riley Marquardt took the ensuing kickoff back 68 yards making the score 32-20.
Stuart led the Titan rushing attack with 23 yards on just six attempts while Borchert complete five of ten passes for 89 yards and an interception. Farley caught four passes for 67 yards.
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