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Eagles Slam Door on Bulldogs For First Loss

Issue Date: October 4, 2018

Peshtigo Falls to

Southern Door 42-22

for Season First Loss


Coming off a loss to the 1-5 Menominee Maroons, Southern Door handed the Peshtigo Bulldogs their first loss of the season on Friday.

Southern Door stepped on the gas in the second quarter, with Eagles running back Derik LeCaptain showing why he has Division I offers waiting for him at the next level.

After a scoreless first quarter, he caught a 45-yard pass from Kyle Daoust to make it 7-0, then punched in a four-yard run to take a 14-0 lead in the second. Nick Nielson got a touchdown back for the Bulldogs on a one-yard run, but Daoust finished off a drive for one-yard just before the half.

Southern Door took a 28-7 lead on a 15-yard rushing touchdown by LeCaptain in the third. He had two more in the fourth quarter on five and 28-yard runs.

LeCaptain finished with 34 rushes for 263 yards and four scores, catching two passes for 47 yards and a touchdown as well.

Peshtigo coach Jeff Bayerl had nothing but good things to say about LeCaptain, both on and off the field.

"He would get a hole and he's got another gear, he really does," Bayerl said. "But what a great kid, too. He's just a nice kid. You can't believe anybody is that good and that good of a person, but he really is. I wish him well in the future."

Peshtigo did get two touchdowns in the second half, with one on a Mitchell VanVooren touchdown catch from Nick Nielson in the third and a 12-yard run from Travis Plym in the fourth, but the Bulldogs never pulled closer than 13 in the half.

"The kids never quit," Bayerl said. "We battled until the end and that's a testament to our kids. They laid it all out there and that's all you can ask as a coach."

The Bulldogs couldn't get a lot going offensively in the ballgame, as Nielson was 7-for-18 passing for 93 yards and ran for 66 yards on 26 carries. Peshtigo had just two runs of more than 10 yards in the game.

"We just had some breakdowns in blocking schemes and they had a good game plan against us," Bayerl said. "I think it helped them to have Menominee the week before and see the single wing and know that they were going to get the same dose of what they saw the previous week."

Despite the loss, Peshtigo's goals are still ahead of them. The Bulldogs face Algoma on Friday and Kewaunee the week after. Two wins would ensure at least a three-way tie for the Packerland Conference championship.

"One loss is not a big deal because we still have a shot at the conference," Bayerl said. "Our goal of a conference championship is still within reach. We're in a must-win, playoff mode right now."



Wausaukee Holds Off

Gillett for Homecoming

Win 20-8


Wausaukee rode the tide of their Homecoming Week to a victory over the visiting Gillett Tigers Friday Night. After exchanging punts to start the game, Wausaukee's Senior quarterback, Tyler Gruszynski found Brandon Shigouri open over the middle and connected on a 42 yard touchdown pass. Gruszynski bulldozed his way into the end zone off the left side for the 2 point conversion putting the Rangers up 8-0 with 6:45 remaining in the 1st quarter.

The score remained that way until Gruszynski teamed up with Shigouri for their second touchdown pass play. This one covered 22 yards. The drive was set up by a fumble recovery by Tristan Pollard. Pollard returned the botched center/quarterback exchange 28 yards to the Ranger 49. The 2 point conversion failed and the Ranger lead stood at 14-0 with 9:55 left in the first half.

The fans barely got settled back into their seats when Gillett's Bo Krueger hauled in the ensuing kickoff at his own 20 yard line and scooted down the left sideline for an 80 yard TD. Krueger's 2 point conversion run made the score 14-8 with 9:42 left on the clock.

The Rangers were not done yet. At the 8:26 mark of the second quarter Gruszynski hooked up with Christian Shigouri for a 14 yard touchdown pass. The 2 point pass attempt failed leaving the Rangers with a 20-8 lead. It stayed that way for the remainder of the half.

The second half was a defensive battle as each teams coaching staff implemented adjustments during halftime. Both squads moved the ball but were not able to cross the goal line. Gillett had a touchdown pass nullified by a holding penalty. The final tally showed a 20-8 victory for the Rangers.

Coach Jesse Witcraft found positive things to take from the game. In his post game interview he stated that his team "fought hard and the second half was better for us." Head Coach Grant Russ also had praise for his team and coaching staff. "Assistant Coach Dave Lindbeck does a great job with those guys every week getting them prepared. The last 5 weeks we have played awesome defense."

Gruszynski had a huge night in the win going 15 of 22 for 203 passing yards and added 129 rushing yards on 24 attempts. The Shigouri boys were lights out in the receiving game with Brandon hauling in 8 catches for 148 yards and Christian nabbing 7 for 55 yards. Quentin Unferth added to the ground game with 26 yards on 6 carries.

Gillett was led by Bo Krueger's 66 yards on 20 carries. Brock Herzog went 5 of 13 for 44 yards in the passing game with Adam Anderson catching 2 for 34 yards.



Ground and Pound

Vikings Too Much

for Marines


Marinette couldn't stop the run against Denmark on Friday, falling 48-12.

The Vikings' Brandon Wavrunek ran for 277 yards and three scores in the win.

Denmark scored a touchdown late in the first half to lead 27-6 going into the break and Marinette wasn't able to stop the Vikings in the second half.

Wavrunek scored a touchdown for the first score of the second half and Denmark kept rolling.

Matt Wagner threw an eight-yard touchdown to Trey Bretl in the game and led the team with 45 yards rushing. Sam Drees ran for a short touchdown in the first half.

Denmark is now 4-3 on the year, while Marinette falls to 3-4. Marinette faces Freedom in a North Eastern Conference matchup on Friday.



Crivitz

Shutsout Crandon


The Crivitz Wolverines bagged a nice 54-0 win over the visiting Crandon Cardinals Friday night in Crivitz.

It was full throttle all the way for the Wolverines as the guys in blue and gold quickly made the Cardinals sorry they showed up.

The opening frame saw the Wolverines post a solid 20 points. The first of many touchdowns on the night was tallied by Wolverines Ezekiel Lawrence off a four yard run.

Next to strike was Crivitz's Jaden Bemis who registered a 13 yard scamper helping to bring the Wolverines to a 14-0 lead. Riley Bemis made both extra point kicks in those first two scores.

Dawson Andrist made his mark in the first quarter with a pick-six which he returned 44 yards to pay dirt.

Lawrence got the second quarter scoring started with another short burst into the end zone, repeating his four yard mark from earlier.

The defense got another opportunity to shutdown the Cardinal offense, this time Tony Jopek reeled in the interception which he also scored off of after going 43 yards.

Werner wrapped up the half with a booming 59 yard pass to Eli Lawrence for the big 40-0 halftime lead.

Kody Richlen tacked on a third quarter score breaking into the end zone from 53 yards back while Jopek finished the evenings point push with a 63 yard rushing teedee.

On the ground the Wolverines were led by Jopek who got 104 yards on four carries while Werner led the arial assault with 59 yards off one of his two attempts.



Lena/STAA Takes

Tough Loss


The Lena/STAA Titans fell Friday night and had a hard time getting back up as the Sevastopol Pioneers chopped down the Titans 65-0.

Without a doubt it was an onslaught that the Titans just couldn't stem. Nearly all of the Pioneer scores were cooked up by Sevastopols Nathan Stenzel who either ran it in or tossed it to receiver who then scored.

After all the dust settled the Pioneer's Stenzel had amassed 182 rushing yards on nine carries and 61 through the air off a five of nine showing.

"We have had some very tough opponents the last couple of weeks," said Titans co-head coach Dale Lange. "Now is when we really have to focus and believe in ourselves. Work on our positives and what has worked for us. The next couple of weeks are critical for us we can salvage the season and finish in the middle of the pack or be cellar dwellers. We have done some things right and need to focus on those. Our young players have had some tough games but now they have to step it up. To beat Oneida we will need to be mistake free and play as a solid team on every down start to finish."

 The Titans' Logan Shallow got 13 yards on four carries on the ground while Simon Gard passed for 62 yards in a four of nine showing.



Suring Slammed By

Three Lakes/Phelps


The Suring Eagles fell to the Three Lakes/Phelps boys Friday night when the Eagles were unable to stop the home field boys who went onto the win 22-6.

Logan Stuart led the Eagles in the loss with 76 yards off the ground while Josh Reed posted 70 yards through the air off a six of 25 effort.



Northern Elite Goes Wild

On White Lake/Elcho


The Northern Elite Predators would not be denied a win last Friday when they took down the White Lake/Elcho boys 50-18.

Starting the onslaught for the Predators was Evan Metras who scored off a seven yard rush. Brent Duke scored next with a 35 yard rushing score. Duke added one more first quarter score, this time off a 14 yard rush.

Landon Kaldor got things rolling during the second quarter scoring first on a 33 yard rush, next on a 20 yard rush and then one more time on a five yard rush. Dumke wrapped up the half on a 28 yard rushing teedee.

With the score 50-0 at the half, the Predators starting filing in some of the guys on the sideline.

White Lake was able to post three touchdowns before the end of the game.

Kaldor recorded 149 rushing yards on the night while Dumke followed up with 140 yards.



Storm Offense Rains

Down on Cougars

for 51-12 Win


Within seven plays, the Coleman Cougars were down 14-0 to the Kewaunee Storm, a deficit they couldn't make up.

Kewaunee scored a touchdown on its first drive on a 23-yard run from Owen Kudick. Coleman's first offensive play went for a Kewaunee touchdown, with Tanor Bortolini scooping up a fumble and running it 20 yards for a score.

"They are too talented to give them points," Coleman coach Jeff Bronson said. "We never recovered from being down that fast and in the manner it happened."

Coleman did score to cut the lead to 14-6 on a Jacob Zeitler five-yard run, but Alex Hewett fired a pass to Ryan Carmichael, who carried it 55 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-6.

The second half is when things went from bad to worse. Bartolini scored on defense again in the second half, recording a safety. Three more offensive touchdowns later and the Storm took a 44-6 lead into the half.

Kudick scored a 31-yard touchdown to make it 51-6 in the third quarter. Zeitler scored a consolation touchdown in the fourth. He finished with 18 rushes for 51 yards and two touchdowns.

Kewaunee is now 7-0. Coleman (4-3) hosts 2-5 Oconto next week.



Oconto Ends Streak

Downs Sturgeon Bay 33-6


After five straight losses dating back to Aug. 24, the Oconto Blue Devils are back on track.

Oconto beat Sturgeon Bay 33-6 on Friday with 27 straight points to end the game. After a four-yard first-quarter touchdown by Oconto's Zach Sherman and a 59-yard run by the Clippers' Reece Nellis to tie the game at six, the Blue Devils put their foot on the gas.

Caleb Moe fired a pass to Devin Reinhardt, who took it 50 yards for six in the second quarter. Before the half was done, Eddie Russell ran in a 10-yarder and Moe scored the two-pointer to give Oconto a 20-6 halftime lead.

Moe finished 9-for-13 passing for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Sherman led the Blue Devils on the ground, rushing for 143 yards on 17 carries. He also caught five passes for 43 yards. He caught a touchdown and ran for two.

In the third quarter, he caught a 23-yard touchdown from Moe, also finishing the game off with a nine-yard touchdown run.

Defensively, Oconto also benefitted from three interceptions, two from Reinhardt and one by Josh Delzer.





Menominee Turnovers

Lead to Escanaba Victory


Turnovers came back to haunt the Menominee Maroons in a winnable game against the Escanaba Eskymos on Friday.

The Maroons committed three turnovers, helping the now 4-2 Eskymos escape with a home victory.

Escanaba scored first, jumping to a 7-0 lead on a punch-in touchdown. William Burnett scored his own punch-in score to make it 7-6 just before the half, but the Eskymos got the lead back to 13-6 with a passing touchdown.

Menominee again cut the lead to one point in the third quarter, with Brendon Harris scoring a short touchdown. Escanaba got one more touchdown by the end of the game, finishing things off 20-12.

Harris ran 25 times for 101 yards and Burnett had 23 rushes for 75 yards.

The loss dropped the Maroons to 1-5 on the season.




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