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Bulldogs Edge Cougars in "County B" Match Up

Issue Date: September 13, 2018

VanVooren Leads Peshtigo Past Coleman with Last Second Interception

Friday's Packerland Conference matchup between Coleman and Peshtigo was everything you'd expect out of the two rivals in the "Battle for County B."

Peshtigo took a 33-30 lead with less than two minutes left in the game when Nick Nielson threw his fourth touchdown of the game, hitting Travis Plym from 17 yards out.

Coleman got into the red zone, but Mitchell VanVooren made an interception to save the game for the Bulldogs. Peshtigo coach Jeff Bayerl said his team stayed calm on the sidelines, which helped them stay the course and get the win.

"We were calm," he said. "You just show the kids you're calm, they'll stay calm and everything just worked out the way it was supposed to."

The final touchdown and interception were courtesy of two players that had massive games for Peshtigo.

The game started with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Nielson to VanVooren to give Peshtigo a 6-0 lead, but Coleman took the lead later in the quarter. Payton Nelson caught a 40-yard touchdown from Cayden Bintz to tie the game at six. Then Jacob Zeitler ran a 28-yard touchdown in to take a 14-8 lead with the two-point conversion.

Zeitler ran 21 times for 131 yards and three touchdowns. The Cougars quarterback was 8-13 with 107 yards passing.

In the second quarter, it looked like Peshtigo would run away with it. Nielson started off a huge second quarter with a four-yard touchdown run to get within a point. He then fired two touchdowns to VanVooren of 20 and 22 yards.

Nielson finished 13-22 passing with four touchdowns. He also ran 23 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. VanVooren caught eight passes for three touchdowns.

"We wanted to run the ball and soften them up in the middle," Bayerl said. "We ran a little up the middle, got some yards. We wanted to do a 60/40 run pass, but they took away the run so much that we had to go to the air."

Peshtigo went into the half up 27-14, but Coleman made some adjustments at halftime.

"As a collective, we played better. We played harder," Coleman coach Jeff Bronson said about the team's second half. "That was the one thing that we complained about at halftime. In the first half, we saw the Peshtigo guys flying around and you saw half our team standing there, and that's not how you play."

Coming out after the break, Coleman got two touchdown runs from Zeitler, one in the third and one in the fourth, taking a 30-27 lead. That set up Plym's game-winning touchdown.

"It was just a great game between two really good football teams," Bayerl said. "They're well coached and it was a war of attrition again. Our kids know that we may be down, but we're never out. We have a chance in every ball game, as long as we stay the course and do what we're doing."

Bronson was happy with his team's effort in the second half.

"I loved the effort in the second half," he said. "We could have easily packed up, rolled over and died when things went wrong for us in the second quarter and our kids picked up their tails and played their hearts out in the second half."

For Peshtigo, Bayerl said the team didn't do anything different preparing for a rivalry game like Coleman. The same will likely be true as they prepare for a trip to Crandon next week and host Oconto on Sept. 21.

"We tell the kids that we have to go 1-0 every week. I asked them after the game, "what's our record?' and they said 0-0," Bayerl said. "We've got that mindset built into them already and they're working on it. Our kids work hard, and their kids work hard."

Coleman hosts Sturgeon Bay on Friday.



Lena/STAA Falls to Gibraltar 50-14

Gibraltar beat Lena/STAA 50-14 in a MONLPC-8 conference football matchup behind the arm of QB Trevor Reinhardt and a strong defensive effort against the run.

Both teams started a little slow on the offensive side of the ball in the first half, until Gibraltar converted on 4th and 14 on a Trevor Reinhardt throw completed to Alex Laughlin. Andras Szakala capped off the drive with a 2-yard TD run.

The Vikings then went on to score 2 more touchdowns through the air and one on the ground on a QB scramble by Reinhardt before Lena/STAA was able to put any points on the board. "It's fun to watch the kids come out and play hard and have fun." said Vikings assistant coach Tom Sawyer. "They've been practicing hard all week, so it's nice to see them come out execute on the road."

The Vikings held the Titans scoreless until a fumble recovered by the Titans set up a 3rd quarter TD run by Trenton Telford. When asked about his team's performance, co-head coach Dale Lange remained positive. "I feel pretty good overall about our performance tonight, we have a young team, but we fought hard and didn't quit. We've been working on our fundamentals, and we had fewer penalties tonight, so I think that things are starting to click for us."

Lena/STAA continued to fight hard through the fourth quarter, scoring another touchdown on a Telford run after a Gibraltar interception on 4th and 25 was wiped out due to a roughing the passer call. "We had some things go right tonight." said Lange, "But we need to continue to work hard and focus on doing the little things right."

Lena/STAA travels to Bowler on Sept. 14 to the face Bowler/Gresham Community Panthers, while the Gibraltar Vikings return to their home field to face the Gillett Tigers.



Marines Downed by Mustangs in NEC Matchup

Marinette ran into a buzz saw in the Little Chute Mustangs on Friday.

The Mustangs scored first on an eight-yard run by Isaac Van Deurzen and never looked back stopping the Marines 33-8. He had 17 rushes for 164 yards and three scores. Quarterback Noah Mueller ran 10 times for 75 yards and a touchdown.

In the second quarter, the lead grew to 13-0 when Bryce Schumacher scored a touchdown from seven yards out. Van Deurzen grew the lead to 20 with a 53-yard score before halftime.

His third touchdown came in the second half before Mueller scored from 24 yards on a rush.

Sam Drees scored a two-yard rushing touchdown later in the third, but it was too little, too late for Marinette. He finished with 19 rushes for 92 yards.

Matt Wagner threw 21 times, completing seven and throwing one interception.

"They had really tough fronts on both sides of the ball. I think they just out-manned us a little bit," Marinette coach Andy Walters said. "We had a tough time establishing the ground game. The plan was to establish some drives and the ball out of their offense's hands, but we had trouble doing that and getting anything going."

Walters credited Little Chute, saying, "They're an excellent football team. They're going to be in it for the conference championship at the end of the season, that's for sure."

For the Mustangs, Mueller threw 10 times and completed only three passes for 26 yards and one interception. That pass defense was a positive for the Marines coming off a game where they let Oconto Falls gain some traction through the air.

"When we played Oconto Falls, our pass coverage was something that was very susceptible. We were kind of concerned about that and we worked on it all week," Walters said. "Little Chute was a team that was pretty balanced and threw the ball quite a bit, so they came out right away and they tested us and I thought our kids did a really nice job in the pass."

Marinette faces Luxemburg-Casco next week.



Gladstone Shuts Out Menominee 14-0 to End Loosing Streak

Menominee struggled offensively on Friday, falling to Gladstone, a team that the Maroons have developed a habit of beating.

The Maroons had not lost to the Braves since 2008, but they didn't start out on the right foot on Friday.

Zach Hanson took the opening kickoff back to the house from 95 yards out to give the team a 6-0 lead.

With six fumbles, Menominee was not able to get any drives going, failing to score for the second week in a row after a loss to Marinette in the M&M Game for the first time in a decade.

Menominee kept the deficit at six until the final quarter, but Brody Sanville had Gladstone's other touchdown on a 55-yard run in the fourth quarter.

William Burnett had 56 rushing yards on 15 carries for Menominee. Brendon Harris had 16 carries for 39, along with 11 of 16 passes completed for 136 yards.

Caden Bigger had four catches for 64 yards for the Menominee offense.



Crivitz Runs Wild On White Lake/Elcho

The Crivitz Wolverines went berserk Friday evening when they took down the visiting White Lake Elcho football team 62-6.

Minus the one White Lake touchdown that occurred in the first quarter, the Wolverines were nearly flawless holding back White Lake from both air and ground with minimal gains.

The Wolverines got started with a Jaden Bemis touchdown which he carried 58 yard to the games first teedee.

White Lake answered with that lone score off a Mark Boyd 54 yard rush.

Before the first was wrapped up the Wolverines' Tony Jopek busted loose on a 12 yard goal line breaker to bring the Wolverines to a 13-6 lead.

Starting the second quarter scoring was Jopek again, who rushed for a 31 yard teedee. A short while later Jopek returned for his third end zone visit, this time off an eight yard rush.

Eli Lawrence chipped into the effort with a 10 yard rushing touchdown to end the halves scoring. The Wolverines were on top 35-6.

The third quarter saw Bemis carry for his second touchdown of the night, getting in from 30 yards back.

Lawrence added a second teedee to his readout as well, crossing the goal line on a 34 yard carry.

Mitchell Zorn gave the Wolverines a fourth quarter touchdown off a four yard run while Evander Lawrence capped off the night with a 30 yard teedee sprint.

Through the air Adrian Marsh gave the White Lake boys 48 yards on six of his 16 passes while Jaden Werner went 68 yards through the air on four of his five attempts.

On the ground the Wolverine held White Lake to 155 yards of offense while stopping leading rusher Mark Boyd at 55 yards.

Crivitz's ground game could not be stopped as it amassed 500 total yards on the evening. Joke finished with 164 on nine carries with three teedees. Bemis piled up 112 yards on six carries with two touchdowns while Werner added 72 on four carries.



Gillett Takes Tough Loss to Newman Catholic

The Gillett Tigers suffered a hard to swallow loss Friday night when they were slammed by the Newman Catholic guys by way of a 47-6 final verdict.

Gillett's only score of the night was tallied during the second quarter when Bo Krueger carried an eight yard rush into the end zone.

Newman's Ben Bates went for 255 yards through the air on a 13 of 18 pefromancr with four touchdowns while Gillett's Brock Herzog was held to -3 yards on a one of six effort.

On the ground Newamn was led by Kasey Kaliface with 180 yards on nine carries. Anthony Carroll led the Tigers with 18 yards on nine carries.



Northern Elite Blanks Crandon

The Northern Elite Predators bagged a blank out victory over the Crandon Cardinals Friday night 42-0.

The Predators got things rolling in the first quarter thanks to a Brent Duke 58 yard rushing score for the 6-0 early lead.

Landon Kaldor increased the lead over the second quarter when he broke loose on a 19 yard gainer for the score. Dumke made a second visit to the end zone before the end of the first half , hitting pay dirt from 51 yards back.

Kaldor continued to show his ground dominance during the third quarter when he made it across the goal line from 43 yards back.

Dumke got one more in before the end of the game, scoring on a 34 yard rush to end the third quarters scoring.

Andrew Niven got the final score, getting his teedee from 20 yards out.

Dumke amassed 11 yards through the air while also leading in the rushing column with 194 yards on 14 carries with three touchdowns. Colder chipped in 111 yards to the ground game off 13 carries with two teedees.



Wausaukee Defeats NEW Lutheran

The Wausaukee rangers bagged a 28-14 win over the NEW Lutheran Blazer Friday night.

After a scoreless first quarter the Rangers got things going with a Kyle Struve eight yard teedee run. A short while later Tyler Grusynski reeled in a 20 yard pass from Hayden Renikow for the 20 yard passing score.

Brandon Shigouri chipped into the first half effort with a second quarter closing 26 yard running teedee.

Shigouri contiued to enjoy success during the third quarter when he pulled in a Renikow pass for the 46 yard score, giving the Rangers a 28-0 lead.

NEW Lutheran addeed a couple teedees during the third anf oruthy quarter but fell short of the Ranger lead.

Renikow was three of nine for 92 yards through the air while also leading in the grounf game with 96 yards on 16 carries.



Algoma Holds Off Oconto in Packerland Play

Oconto couldn't overcome some first half offensive problems against Algoma, falling 19-14 on Friday.

Oconto tallied 192 yards to Algoma's 158 in a game of defense, but they trailed 13-0 at the half on a four-yard touchdown by Algoma and an interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter by Algoma's Brett Benesh.

He picked off Oconto quarterback Zach Sherman and ran it back 45 yards for the score to put his team up 13-0.

Sherman finished 8-for-20 passing for 121 yards. He would throw a 36-yard passing touchdown to Devin Reinhardt in the third quarter to get his team within a touchdown. Reinhardt had three catches for 51 yards.

Algoma quarterback Max Panger returned the favor with a 29-yard pass to Dane Johnson in the fourth to restore a 13-point lead.

Sherman ran in from four yards out in the fourth, but Oconto couldn't get closer than 19-14.

Eddie Russell led the Devils with 65 yards rushing on 19 attempts.

Oconto is now 1-3. The Devils draw Kewaunee next week, a team that is 4-0 on the year with three games of 40 or more points offensively.


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