Wolverines Unable to Repel Rebel Assault
The Crivitz Wolverines faced a tough opponent Friday night when the Laona/Wabeno Rebels came to town. After four quarters at Crivitz High School the Rebels were victorious 20-14 in overtime.
The win had everything to do with what the Rebels were doing on the ground. With speedsters Tristian Immel and Trevor Carter in the backfield the Rebels were able to blast their way to 205 yards on the ground for the day.
The Rebels fired the first shot in this one as Immel took a handoff which he carried five yards to the teedee. The touchdown was set up by a forty yard ground gainer by Immel a few plays earlier.
Crivitz responded with two second quarter touchdowns as Travis Kudick found an open Michael Retza for the nine yard score.
Later in the quarter Kudick struck again, this time finding Jake Voss for the 46 yard teedee pass.
Laona/Wabeno tied the game up after Jake Christianson completed an 11 yard teedee pass. The Rebels took the win in overtime thanks to a one yard passing touchdown from Christianson to Brenden Dorner.
Through the air the Rebels' Christianson posted 82 yards and two touchdowns on a nine of 18 showing. On the ground Carter led the way with 90 yards on 19 carries.
Kudick took to the air for 121 yards Friday night, completing nine of his 19 for two teedees. Voss took a sizable piece of real estate on the ground, going 145 yards on 33 carries.
Eagles Can't Handle
Predators Run Game
The Northern Elite Predators traveled to Suring Friday evening to take on the Eagles in an MONLPC-Small matchup. After trading touchdowns early on, the Predators used a high-powered rushing attack to run away with the game and win 51-28.
After receiving the opening kickoff, Northern Elite looked to their bread-and-butter to jump start the offense, the run game. Unfortunately for the Predators, a fumble quickly halted the drive, giving the ball to the Eagles. On their first play from scrimmage, quarterback Josh Reed found Mitch Stegeman for a 36-yard pitch-and-catch TD. Reed ran in the two-point conversion and Suring went ahead 8-0.
Northern Elite jumped right back into their offense. Chunking their way down the field, the Predators responded with a touchdown as Alex Hagerty scored from 4 yards out. The failed two-point conversion put the score at 8-6, Suring.
"That was big. I'm so proud of the guys. As frustrating as that was at the time, big picture, that was one of the best things that could have happened," said Predator coach Ben Laarman of the fumble leading to Suring's TD. "To be able to put that behind us and keep playing our game, showed a lot of mental toughness. We went back to Northern Elite Predator football again."
Giving the Predators a taste of their own medicine, the Eagles kept the ball on the ground for all but one play on the ensuing drive. Logan Stuart cashed in with a 3-yard rushing touchdown, Reed found Tyler McDougal for the two-point conversion and a 16-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Predators were faced with a second and 24 after a personal foul, forcing them into unfamiliar territory of throwing the ball. Hagerty made good of his rare opportunity finding a wide-open Stan Kessel who raced 60 yards for a touchdown. Hagerty punched in the two-point conversion, cutting the lead to 16-14.
After forcing a Suring three and out, the Eagles elected to punt. On the punt, running into the kicker was called giving Suring another shot on offense. That second chance did not last long as Reed had his pass intercepted. Two holding penalties put Northern Elite in deep holes, but once again the legs of Hagerty dug them out. Faced with a fourth and two, Hagerty picked up the first down, getting the Predators in the red zone down to the 18-yardline. With just 30 seconds left in the half, Hagerty capped off the drive with a 15-yard touchdown run. This gave Northern Elite their first lead of the game, at 22-16, the halftime score.
Out of the break, Suring was determined to eliminate the deficit. The Eagles kept the ball on the ground, but faced with a fourth and 11, Reed threw a screen to Stuart good for 15 yards and a first down. Later in the drive, Reed nullified the deficit with a 2-yard rushing TD, tying the game at 22-22.
From there, the tough running of the Predator backs seemed to wear down the Eagles' defense. Kaldor ran in a touchdown from nine yards out, giving Northern Elite a lead they would not surrender. Suring tried to answer back, but a fumble ended their drive giving all of the momentum to the Predators. Northern Elite capitalized on the turnover with a 7-yard rushing touchdown from Kaldor, extending their lead to 37-22.
Suring dipped back into the well of the screen game and it paid off, Stuart found daylight and took the ball down to the one-yardline. On the next play, Cody Smith rumbled in for a 1-yard TD run.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Eagles elected for a pooch kick that nearly paid off. The ball hit the ground and looked to be recovered by Suring. However, when the dust settled and the pile was unwoven, the Predators came away with the ball. On the first play of the next drive, Hagerty raced passed the Eagles for a 64-yard touchdown and a 44-28 lead.
Kaldor put in the dagger late in the fourth quarter with a 5-yard touchdown that would bring the score to its eventual final, 51-28.
"We figured we could wear them down, but they wore us down a little bit. We had some opportunities, especially in the first half, to make some plays and we just weren't wrapping up. Credit to them, they ran hard and they don't quit. They obviously won the trenches and that's when the floodgates opened a little bit," said Suring coach Mitch Taylor.
Hagerty finished the game with 283 yards and three TDs on 32 carries, to go along with a 1 for 1 passing game, good for 60 yards and a touchdown. Kaldor also eclipsed the century mark, finished with 116 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.
"That was the best offensive performance against a quality opponent that we've had since I've been the coach. That's the ideal stat line for me, run the ball fifty times and throw it once for a touchdown. We just got back to playing smash-mouth football," said Coach Laarman.
For Suring, Stuart rushed 13 times for 78 yards and a touchdown. Reed finished 5 of 13 for 123 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
"I'm still proud of these guys for how they fought back. At the start of the fourth quarter only down one score, so we were there. We have some work to do, but there were some nice things that happened tonight," said Coach Taylor of his team.
Blue Devils Pass
An MONLPC-Large showdown took place as the Oconto Blue Devils played host to the Kewaunee Storm Friday. The arm of Oconto quarterback Jake Krueger was on display, passing for four TDs and 331 yards, helping the Blue Devils to a 36-15 win.
Half of Krueger's four touchdowns came in the first quarter as the Blue Devils jumped out to a 14-0 lead. Krueger found Zach Sherman for a 34-yard touchdown for the first score of the game and later found Isaac Woller for a 20-yard score.
Kewaunee cut into the lead in the second quarter with an 18-yard TD, but Oconto answered back with one of their own. Once again, Krueger connected with Sherman, this time from 25 yards out putting the lead at 21-7 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Krueger and Woller hooked up for a 65-yard trip to the end zone. Krueger ran in the two-point conversion extending the lead to 29-7.
Each team scored once in the fourth quarter, including a 63-yard break-away run by Oconto's Bennett Frazer.
Sherman finished with 154 yards receiving on five catches, good for two touchdowns. Woller was close behind with four catches for 114 yards and two TDs.
On Friday evening, an MONLPC-8-man matchup featuring the Wausaukee Rangers at Menominee Indian Eagles from start to finish, the Rangers displayed their dominance, behind a little bit of everything from Matthew Delfosse. Delfosse tallied four of the Rangers' six touchdowns, helping them to a 48-12 victory.
Wausaukee didn't wait long to get on the board, as just over a minute into the contest, he broke off a 16-yard TD run. Quentin Unferth ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 advantage.
Menominee Indian had a good drive going, but once they got down to Wausaukee's eight-yard line, they fumbled and the Rangers recovered. Wausaukee then wore the Eagles' defense down in a big way. Putting together a 17-play drive that featured four successful third-down conversions, the Rangers scored on a 2-yard Delfosse touchdown run. Delfosse then passed to Tyler Gruszynski for the two-point conversion and a 16-0 lead after the first quarter.
It was nearly an entire quarter before Wausaukee would score again. Just before halftime, who else but Delfosse broke off a 10-yard TD run with 46 seconds left in the half. He connected with Gruszynski again for a successful two-point conversion. At halftime, the Rangers led 24-0.
The Eagles got on the board in the third quarter. Meshaen Waukau scored on a 21-yard rushing touchdown, cutting into the Ranger lead, 24-6. Delfosse and the Rangers did not waste time responding. This time, instead of rushing for a touchdown, Delfosse was on the receiving end of a Hayden Renikow pass for 24-yards and a score. At the end of the third, Wausaukee led 32-6.
Just nine seconds into the final quarter, Renikow connected with Christian Shigouri for a 17-yard pitch and catch TD. The duo hooked up for the two-point conversion as well. Later in the quarter, Unferth broke free for a 12-yard touchdown, extending the lead to 48-6.
Menominee Indian doubled their score late in the game as Norman Kakwitch hit on a rushing touchdown from 8 yards out. This was all they could muster as Wausaukee went on to win 48-12.
Delfosse finished his big day 7 of 10 passing for 27 yards, 16 carries for 179 yards and three TDs, and hauled in two catches for 36 yards and a touchdown. Renikow added 72 yards on seven carries for the Rangers.
Friday evening the Coleman Cougars traveled up the Wisconsin peninsula to take on the Sturgeon Bay Clippers for an MONLPC-Large game. Sturgeon Bay used the comfort of their own field to cruise to a 41-6 victory.
Clipper Ryan Jacobsen entered the scoring column first with a 2-yard touchdown run with just under five minutes to play in the first quarter. Brady Wodack's extra point put Sturgeon Bay ahead 7-0, the score at the end of the first.
Ethan Knipfer, Clipper quarterback, dialed in his passes in the second quarter and his receivers did the rest. Knipfer found Jared Van Bramer on two touchdown passes in the quarter, the first from 42 yards and the second from 90 yards. The two scores increased the lead to 20-0 for halftime.
Coleman was able to avoid a shutout with a touchdown just five seconds into the fourth quarter. Bryce Karban connected with Mason Risner for a 10-yard touchdown pass, trimming the lead to 20-6. This was as close as the Cougars would come, however. Jacobsen found pay dirt once again, this time on a 16-yard rushing TD. The Clippers would score two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, both on pick-sixes. Anthony Moore intercepted the ball twice, bringing them both back for touchdowns, one from 54 yards and another from 50 yards, to put the score at the eventual final of 41-6.
Jacob Zeitler and Blake Forner each rushed for 68 yards, Zeitler on six carries and Forner on 14. Bryce Karban completed 5 passes out of 10 attempts for 48 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Mason Risner led the Cougars in receptions with two and receiving yards with 20.
Titans Ground Games
Looking to get back on the winning track, the Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Titans hosted the Bowler/Gresham Panthers in a MONLPC-8-man contest. The Titans were powered by 290 of their 365 total yard coming on the ground. A strong first quarter helped propel Lena/STAA to a 35-8 win.
Just one minute into the contest, Titan Tyler Stuart found Jack Farley on a 17-yard pitch and catch touchdown. Stuart added a two-point conversion run for an 8-0 lead. Simon Gard then got into the action on the Titans' next drive with a 4-yard rumble into the end zone. Tyson Marquardt's kick increased the lead to 15-0. The Titans weren't done with the first quarter end zone party just yet. Farley showed off his return skills with a 40-yard punt return to the house, putting the opening quarter score at 23-0.
Farley simply could not stay out of the end zone as Stuart found him for a 2-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. This would be the only score of the quarter, making the halftime score 29-0.
Bowler/Gresham avoided a shutout with their lone touchdown coming in the third quarter. Lane Schultz broke through the Titans defense for a 43-yard run to the end zone. A successful two-point conversion trimmed the lead to 29-8.
Trenton Telford gave the Titans a bit of insurance in the fourth quarter as he found daylight, rushing for an 86-yard touchdown. This put the score at its eventual final of 35-8.
Telford led the Titans' ground game with 138 yards on just seven carries, Gard added 76 yards on 11 carries. Stuart finished 3 of 6 passing for 75 yards, all three went to Farley, good for two touchdowns.
"We played a pretty solid game and took control early. It was nice to be able to get our younger players some varsity game experience. Our defense played strong and it was great to see some of our younger players doing the right things." Titan coach Dale Lange added, "Bowler was a young team and has some good players. They will be very solid in the next couple of years."
A North Eastern Conference showdown took place Friday night as the Marinette Marines traveled to Luxemburg-Casco to take on the Spartans. After L-C jumped out to an early 13-0 lead, the Marines dug in their heels and did not allow another point. Marinette scored to make it 13-6, giving themselves a shot. The game came down to the final play, with the ball in the hands of Marinette.
Spartan Austin Tlachac took the pass from Garrit Aissen and raced passed the Marines' defense for a 79-yard touchdown and the game's first score. Luxemburg-Casco quickly increased their lead on their next drive. Bryce Scholtze plunged in from 3 yards out to extend the lead to 13-0 early in the second quarter.
From there, both defenses made putting points on the board difficult on each other. With just over five minutes to go before halftime, Marine Sam Drees found a sliver of daylight and ran 38 yards for a touchdown. This brought Marinette within one score, 13-6.
Neither team was able to crack the seal in the second half, until the game's final possession looked to be promising for the Marines. With just 52 seconds left, Marinette drove down to the Luxemburg-Casco 28-yard line. On their final opportunity and the final play of the game, the Spartans intercepted the Marinette pass to seal the 13-6 win.
Marine quarterback Matt Wagner finished 5 of 20 for 94 yards. Sam Drees rushed for 74 yards and a TD on 11 carries.
The Gillett Tigers took a 34-28 win over the Gibralter Vikings Friday night.
Gibralter struck first on a three yard pass, but were answered by the Tigers on a two yard Brock Herzog teedee run to help build and ealry 7-6 lead.
Bo Krueger gave Gilett a solid lead going into the half, scroing on a three yard run to give the Tigers a 14-6 lead.
The third quarter was scoreless before Gillett got things rolling in the fourth. Kruger scored on a 39 yard rush and repeated a short while later on a 59 yard teedee sprint to give Gillett the 28-6 lead.
The Vikings found their way to a triple helping of endzone visits before the clock could expire, hitting on a 26- yard catch and score, a six yard pass and a 12 yard pass to bring the Vikings to a 28-28 tie. Gillet broke that tie in overtime thanks to a Kruger six yard run.
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