Bulldogs Escape Against Predators
The Northern Elite Predators traveled to Peshtigo Thursday night to take on the Bulldogs in a matchup of two different style teams. The conference cross-over game saw the ground-and-pound attack of the Predators from the Northern Lakes Conference take on the Bulldogs' spread formation style from the M&O.
Northern Elite got the scoring started by completing a 12-play, 71-yard drive with an Alex Dumke 7-yard touchdown run. With 5:46 remaining in the first quarter, the Predators led 7-0. With several 3-and-outs ensuing from both teams, the Predators held their 7-0 advantage heading into the second quarter.
The Bulldogs forced a Predators' punt at the 8:40 mark that sailed into the end zone for a touchback. On the first play of Peshtigo's drive Jared Jandt ran up the middle, cut to his left and was off to the races for an 80-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7.
Peshtigo seemed to gain the momentum as the defense forced another 3-and-out by Northern Elite. With the ball on the Predators' 28-yard line, Justin Thill threw a perfectly placed ball between two defenders to Connor Smith for a touchdown on the first play of the drive. The Bulldogs grabbed a 14-7 lead with 5:23 left in the second quarter.
With things seemingly going in favor of Peshtigo, Northern Elite's ensuing drive was shortened to just three plays again as they were forced to punt. Bulldog Jeremy VanVooren received the kick and broke several tackles on his way to a 44-yard punt return for a touchdown. However, on the play a block-in-the-back was called negating the big play. Peshtigo was then forced into their own 3-and-out.
On their final drive of the half, Northern Elite had a chance to tie the game heading into halftime. Dumke broke free for a 32-yard run bringing the Predators into Bulldog territory with just 1:19 left in the half. Dumke then passed to Jacob Bousley for 12 yards bringing them to the 25-yardline. Several plays later, Dumke punched in a 3-yard touchdown with just 18.6 seconds left on the clock. After the extra point, the game was tied 14-14 at halftime.
"I was proud of the way they battled and played and really proud of how they finished the half because they didn't let it become a momentum thing. It really shows the heart and character they have," Predator Coach Ben Laarman said.
Peshtigo received the ball in the second half. On their first drive, the Bulldogs marched down the field to the 2-yard line looking to take the lead. However, a Bulldog fumble allowed the Predators to escape without any damage done.
Later in the third quarter, Northern Elite had the ball on the 39-yard line. As the ball was snapped, both backs went separate ways as the ball went free behind the line of scrimmage, a host of Bulldog defenders surrounded the ball before Jeremy VanVooren scooped up the fumbled ball and returned it 29 yards to score. This touchdown came with 4:06 remaining in the third quarter and gave Peshtigo a 20-14 lead.
Northern Elite responded quickly with an 8-play drive beginning the fourth quarter. The drive came down to a fourth and three from the Bulldogs 10-yard line. The Predators were stuffed at the line of scrimmage for no-gain and Peshtigo took over on downs.
"We gave up a lot of yards but we didn't give up the big play. We had that bend but don't break mentality. I thought we played well and tackled alright. Our defense is definitely going to carry us through the season." Peshtigo Coach Eric Seyler said.
With the clock winding down, at the 4:17 mark, the Predators forced a Bulldog fumble at mid-field. Northern Elite had one last chance to tie the game or take the lead. A fumbled snap led to a long third and 17 with just over a minute and a half remaining in the game. The Predators threw an incomplete pass bringing up fourth down. On fourth down, quarterback Alex Dumke found Alex Hagerty near the sidelines. The call was made that the receiver ran backwards on the play, out of bounds and behind the first-down marker, turning the ball over to the Bulldogs.
"I'm really proud of the way they battled and it's just such an incredibly frustrating loss because it's one that we feel like we should have won." Coach Laarman added, "We moved the ball well most of the night, a few negative plays hurt us. It's one of those games where there's seven or eight plays that we look at and say, "If only that one would have been different we would have won.'"
Peshtigo took over on downs with 1:18 left. After a couple kneel downs, Peshtigo went on to take the hard-fought victory 20-14.
"They're a good team, I mean look what they've done. They beat Kewaunee 29-0, an outstanding program, and Bonduel is supposed to be really good this year and they played with them all game as well. Hand it to Peshtigo, they're an outstanding team. Those two quarterbacks are phenomenal," Laarman said of Peshtigo after the game.
Peshtigo quarterback Justin Thill completed 10 of his 15 attempts for 134 yards and a touchdown. Running back Jared Jandt paved the way on the ground with 7 carries for 89 yards while finding the end zone once. Connor Smith hauled in 3 catches for 79 yards including a score. "We probably had our biggest game as far as yardage tonight so that's always a good sign. We put twenty up, we would have like to have more but we're making those improvements on offense. The victory may have only been by six but it's a pretty good win for us," Coach Seyler stated.
Northern Elite quarterback/running back Alex Dumke complete 4 of 6 passes for 48 yards while also rushing 30 times for 135 yards and 2 scores. Jacob Bousley caught three of Dumke's four passes for 39 yards.
The Coleman Cougars certainly left the Rebels wondering what they did wrong Friday night, as they squashed the Rebels underneath a 66-8 final.
Last season the Cougar line looked like a wall made of granite, and last Friday that defensive wall definitely returned to the field as the Rebels were unable to find a hole to slip throw. By the end of the evening, the Rebels had gone backward finishing with negative 38 yards rushing on 24 plays. They were however able to generate a bit of yardage through the air, about a half of a fields worth, ending with 52 yards on the night.
Coleman on the other hand, rushed the ball at will piling up a massive 372 yards on 34 plays for an average of 10.94 yards per rush.
Contributing a bulk of the yardage to the ground effort was Jacob Zeitler, who rushed for an astonishing 141 yards on seven carries. Mason Risner added 48 yards on three carries while Blake Forner pitched in 39 yards to the effort on five carries.
It didn't take long for the Cougars to start exerting dominance on their home field, pushing the Rebel offense back to their own end zone and nearly generating a safety.
After the near safety, Coleman took control on the Rebel one yard line. Jake Baldwin carried the one yard handoff into the end zone on first down. Zeitler delivered the two point conversion with an up the gut blast to give Coleman the 8-0 lead.
The Rebel offense went three and out on their next drive and punted to give the ball to Coleman on the 46 yard line of Laona/Wabeno.
After plowing their way to a first down, the Cougar's Zeitler exploded for a 33 yard blast to the end zone going nearly untouched on the way to the score. The two point conversion pass fell incomplete, giving Coleman the 14-0 lead.
On their ensuing drive, the Rebels quickly found themselves facing a third and 21 situation. Laona/Wabeno's Brandon Moravec dropped back to pass and lobbed a deep ball to one of his receivers. The pass looked like it was going to be right on the mark, and were it not for a quick swat by Josh Pillath it may have been completed.
The Rebels did however get a first down, but that didn't change the fact that the Coleman defense was hungry for more yardage. On second down with eight yards to go to the marker, Coleman's Jordan Blanchard flew into the backfield saving the quarterback form a seven yard loss to bring up fourth and 15.
Facing 87 yards to go for the score, Coleman began a 15 play push to the end zone. On the third play of the drive, Blanchard took the handoff and cut left exiting the backfield. He was met by a Rebel tackler who went low. Blanchard went high hurdling the tackler which left him with daylight on the other side. He was eventually dragged down, but not before he made it to the Coleman 47 yard line, a net gain of 24 yards.
Starting the second quarter, Coleman continued the march across midfield.
On first and 10 on the Rebel 18 yard line, quarterback Bryce Karban took to the air for his only pass attempt of the night. On the other end of the pass was Josh Pillath, who went up as high as he could, which is pretty darn high, but it was out of his reach.
A pass interference call was enforced on the Cougars who replayed first down on the Rebel 33 yard line.
Four plays later they were in the end zone again, this time it was Blanchard who got the call, taking it in from nine yards out. Gunnar Patz pulled in the two point conversion pass giving Coleman the 22-0 lead with nine minutes left till the half.
After the kick, the Rebel offense could do nothing but move backward. On first down, Patz and Taylor Kansier got through the line for the tackle. On second down, Baldwin tackled the runner for another two yards of loss, and third down saw Moravec's pass get broken up by the multiple Cougar DB's.
Two plays and two first downs highlighted Coleman's next drive as Zeitler busted free on first down for 30 yards. Forner added another 11 on the next down while Baldwin capped off the drive with a three yard scoring rush. Pillath reeled in the two point conversion pass giving the Cougars the 30-0 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the half.
Before the buzzer could sound for the break, the Cougars rushed for two more scores both off the leg of Zeitler. The first, a four yard scamper followed by a Forner two point conversion rush and the second a 41 yard jaunt with a Risner two point conversion run, gave Coleman a commanding 46-0 lead entering the half.
The Cougars continued the rout into the third quarter, scoring on an eight yard run by Zeitler, an 80 yard punt return by Pillath, and a nine yard run by Devin Schulte, giving them their final tally of the day of 66 points.
After the final score Coleman must have called the dogs off a bit as the fourth quarter went scoreless for the guys in Green.
Laona/Wabeno was able to save themselves from a shutout, scoring on a Trevor Carter 4 yard run with a Derek Moravec two point conversion.
After building a 12-0 lead at the half, the Crivitz Wolverines saw their lead quickly evaporate as penalties and missed tackles led the Crandon Cardinals to two third quarter scores and the win, 14-12.
It was definitely a take of two strategies in this one. The Wolverines, employing an airborne assault amassed 236 yards on 12 of 23 passes while the Cardinals had zero on five attempts.
The Cardinals rushed for 271 yards while the Wolverines hit the turf for only 29.
Though their total yardages were pretty close to one another, the number of first downs was not. Crandon ended the day with 18 while Crivitz had only nine.
Much of this had to do with penalties on the Wolverines end. By the end of the fourth quarter, the Wolverines had amassed nine penalties for a loss of 64 yards.
Leading the Cardinal offense was Riley Wagoner, who rushed for 136 yards on 27 carries with his longest ringing in at 25 yards. Also doing a major portion of the groundwork was Justin Mcintosh who had 72 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns.
Though they struggled to move the ball on the ground, they certainly found success throwing in the air thanks to some decent passing by Travis Kudick. He ended the game with 164 yards completing 10 of his 18 pass attempts while passing for one teedee. Also taking a turn at the helm was Jaden Werner, who completed one of his two passes for 55 yards and the touchdown.
One of the favorite targets of the night for the Wolverines was Dawson Andrist. He was targeted six times, pulling in three of those passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Charles Johnson was three for three receiving on the day with 86 yards. Seth Kwiatkowski had the other receiving touchdown, reeling in two passes for 20 yards.
After receiving the opening kick the Wolverine's offense built a five play drive that ended in the game's first score. On third and six on their own 39 yard line Kudick passed to Johnsen who carried the pass to the 10 yard line before losing the ball due to the tackle. Thankfully his teammate Karsten Olson was nearby to cover up the loose ball.
On the ensuing play Kudick hit an open Kwiatkowski for the 10 yard passing score.
Crandon's next possession went 60 yards over 16 plays before being ground to a halt at the Crivitz 4 yard line, where the Wolverines forced a turnover on downs.
Unfortunately the long field was a bit too much for the Wolverines to chew up as they stalled out at the Crandon 43 yard line.
Some good defense by the Wolverines on the ensuing drive forced Crandon to a three and out. On third down Wagoner was stopped by Micheal Retza and Mitch Banaszak, forcing the fourth down punt.
It took only take three plays and a bit of tricky for the Wolverines to make their second end zone appearance of the night.
The scoring play came when Kudick pitched the ball back to Jaden Werner who then proceeded to carry out the flea flicker formation with a pass completion to Andrsit for the 55 yard teedee. Like the previous score the Wolverines were unable to add extra points, a downfall that would later come back to bite them in this match.
The game turned into a defensive trench war from that score till just past the mid way point of the third quarter.
With five minutes left in the quarter the Cardinals took over the ball on the Wolverine 37 yard line. a good run on first down and a costly personal foul penalty on the next helped to set Carnodn up with an 11 yard rushing touchdown off the legs of halfback McIntosh.
The two point conversion run was stopped by Wolverines Zach Walters and Retza, helping to keep the edge away from the Cardinals.
After a quick offensive outing by the Wolverines the Cardinal began again at their own 42 yard line.
First they looked to Wagoner who pushed forward for a four yard gainer. Then to Blake Fenwick who busted off a 14 yard gain. A couple of plays later Doane broke free on a 12 yard burst which helped set up the McIntosh three yard goalie breaker, bringing about the 12-12 tie.
The game pretty much boiled down to the two point conversion following the pervious score. If the Wolverines could stop it the game would remain tied. If not Crandon would take the edge in a game that was almost entirely defensive. unfortunately for the Wolverines Fenwick found a crease and put his Cardinals up two points.
After the score the Wolverines were unable to get the wheels turning as they were forced to a three and out.
With time quickly becoming a factor the Wolverines started to see their chances at a win begin to evaporate, that is until Crandon faced a fourth and 14 on the Wolverine 19. On the play Doane dropped back to pass. He seemed to think he had a chance at finding his receiver who was cutting his way across the middle of the field. But waiting on the other end was the Wolverines Werner who pulled in the pass for the interception.
After landing on his feet Werner was met by a Cardinal who quickly stripped the ball, again the Wolverines were quick to cover as George Andrekopoulos fell on the loose ball.
It truly was a golden opportunity for the Wolverines and it looked as if they were going to make good on it as Kudick hit Andrist down field on a crossing pattern for a 31 yard gain.
Three plays later the Wolverines had to overcome another obstacle, fourth and nine, and did so with another big pass completion. Hunter Wittmus took the snap and found Andrist for another 17 yards.
Unfortunately the Wolverines luck ran out at about the 41 yard line of Crandon, getting stopped on a fourth and eight attempt.
After a couple plays and a first down the Cardinals were able to get into victory formation to end the game.
The Wausaukee Rangers played host to White Lake/Elcho Hornets Thursday night in a M&O/Northern Lakes crossover game. The Rangers were red-hot all night as all but two drives resulted in a touchdown.
White Lake/Elcho won the toss and deferred to the second half which meant Wausaukee got the ball first. The Rangers used a heavy dose of Matthew Delfosse on their 9-play, 57-yard touchdown drive. Delfosse carried the ball five times including the 3-yard drive-capping run to pay dirt. After a successful two-point conversion, Wausaukee took an 8-0 lead.
A failed fourth down conversion by the Hornets helped lead the Rangers to their next score. This time it took just two plays before Delfosse found Tony Rollo for a 46-yard touchdown completion. Wausaukee went up 16-0 after the two-point conversion.
The Hornets' only score of the game came on a 46-yard touchdown pass of their own in the first quarter cutting the lead to 16-6. Delfosse and the Rangers quickly responded as he connected with Dustin Westphal for a 35-yard strike through the air extending the lead to 24-6 at the end of the first.
In the second quarter, the combination of Delfosse and Rollo hooked up again, this time for an 8-yard touchdown pass. The pass capped off a 16-play drive making the score 32-6 at the half.
Neither the Hornets nor the intermission could stop Delfosse as he punched in a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, pushing the lead to 40-6. Later in the third, Wausaukee scored their final touchdown of the game as Rollo capped off an 8-play, 42-yard drive with a 7-yard run to the end zone for the 46-6 victory.
Matthew Delfosse completed 5 of his 11 passes for 116 yards and 3 touchdowns while adding 122 yards on 21 carries and two more touchdowns on the ground. Ranger running back Tony Rollo rushed 17 times for 78 yards and a teedee in the win.
Eagles Stay on the Ground
in Win Over Bobcats
The Suring Eagles, using a 202 yard ground and pound attack, were able to overcome the Florence Bobcats Friday evening, 19-6.
Of the 202 yards on the ground, Cody Smith chewed up the most yardage going 76 yards on 12 carries for two touchdowns. The first score of the night was by Smith, who busted into the end zone from 13 yards out. The final teedee of the night was also his, crossing the goal line from 3 yards out.
Suring's Cody Johnson was number two on the list of top rushers with 61 yards on seven rushes.
John Christensen got the second touchdown of the night on a 30 yard pass to receiver Ryan Mahoney.
There was a bit of a battle in the defensive back field as the Eagles gave up three interceptions to the Bobcats two.
Though they were unable to keep pace with the Eagles, Florence was fast off the blocks scoring the evening's first teedee on an 8 yard run by Joe Glime.
Glime finished the night with 43 yards on 15 carries while Jared Milan led the attack with 59 yards on 11 carries.
Through the air Florence's Nathan Kruger was five of eight with 64 yards.
Three Lakes/ Phelps
Cruises Past Gillett
Well, one team rushed for considerable gains while the other passed, and when the dust settled, the visiting Three Lakes/Phelps Blue Jays were victorious over the Gillett Tigers, 32-6.
Gillett looked to the aerial attack as Grant Sexton found his receivers for 152 yards on 9 of his 18 passes. His favorite target of the night was Nick Hartwig who pulled down three passes for 37 yards. Sam Davis had the biggest reception of the night, going 48 yards on one pass.
While the Jays may have not passed all Friday night, going to the air only once for no completions, they did however pound the Gillett defensive front with some hard hitting rushers.
The toughest of the night was Corwin Schroeder, who went 161 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown. John Dominich also showed off his speed going 69 yards on 13 carries for two touchdowns.
Gillett on the other hand couldn't get the rushing gears turning as they totaled only 2 yards of offense on the ground.
Of the 91 tackles amassed by the Tigers, Logan Block had the most, scoring three solos tackles and 15 team tackles. The defensive effort was nearly mirrowed by Nick Hartwig who got four solo tackles along with his 11 team tackles. Sexton pitched in with two solo and 12 team tackles.
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