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Crivitz Takes Down Northern Elite By One Score, Take MONLPC Small Crown

Issue Date: October 18, 2018

Wolverines Battle Predators For Conference Championship

The Crivitz Wolverines had their hands full Friday night in their home field as the Northern Elite Predators came to town for one heck of a season ending showdown.

After the dust settled and the clock expired the Wolverines had clinched the MONLPC Small Conference Title thanks to a 40-34 final verdict.

The Wolverines were quick to find their first score, pulling together a quick drive downfield which ended with a 34 yard rush off the pitch for the early 7-0 lead after the Riley Bemis extra point.

After forcing the Predators to a three and out the Wolverines jumped right back into the mix as Jaden Werner pitched the ball to Tony Jopek who broke loose on a 60 yard end zone visit.

Northern Elite sputtered in the next possession, finding themselves in a punt situation after a few plays. Lucky for them a fumble would end the next Crivitz possession.

After the fumble the Predators used their new found momentum to push their way to a one yard end zone burst by Brent Dumke.

Crivitz fumbled again in their ensuing possession and the Predators again punted.

Early in the second quarter Dumke went to hand off the ball but a bumbled transition left the ball loose on the field, which was scooped up by Hunter Witmus who carried the fumble seven yards to the score.

Dumke got a chance to recover a short while later as he made his way into the end zone from five yards back.

The Predators were able to manage one final score before the end of the half, getting in off a Dumke pass to Charles Schaefer for the 25 yard teedee.

At the half the Wolverines controlled the board 21-18.

Jaden Bemis got things rolling in the second half with an early third quarter score off a nine yard run while the Predators returned fire in the next possession with a four yard Dumke teehee.

The fourth quarter was just about all Wolverines though as Bemis got another teehee, this one off an 80 yard sprint. Ezekiel Lawrence posted the Wolverines final score of the evening, crossing the goal line from four yards back.

Northern Elite got things as close as they could with one final score off a three yard teehee from Dumke.

The Wolverines forced a turnover on downs to end the game one score ahead and this years MONLPC Conference Champions

Storm Cage Bulldogs With Quick Start

The Peshtigo Bulldogs fell behind 24-0 in the first half on Friday's contest with the Packerland Conference Champion Kewaunee Storm, but they made it a game.

Owen Kudick had two touchdown runs, with a Ryan Carmichael run and a Alex Hewett field goal making it 24-0 before the break. That didn't last too long, however.

After Peshtigo held the Storm on the first drive of the second half, Max Rauch scored on an 80-yard touchdown run. The touchdown came on a counter play, something that just wasn't working for the Bulldogs in the first half.

"In the first half we ran the counter quite a bit. I knew eventually we could break one if we just hit a block or two and that's all we were missing in the second half was that one block," Peshtigo coach Jeff Bayerl said. "I think they got a little shaken when we did that. They expected, I'm sure, to come in and dominate the game but we made it really close in the second half and I think we worried them a little bit."

Travis Plym scored the two-point conversion to cut the lead to two scores.

Kudick ran one in from 25 yards out to extend the lead back to 23, but Rauch again had the answer. He caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Plym, with a two-pointer from Mitchell VanVooren bringing Peshtigo back to 15 down.

In the fourth, Peshtigo had a chance to cut it to one score, with Plym throwing another touchdown in Rauch's direction, this time from just four yards away. A failed conversion left the Bulldogs down 31-22 and Kewaunee scored a late touchdown via Travis Reinke to seal the 38-22 win.

"We were a two-point conversion from being within seven and anything could have happened if we got a stop, but they're a very good football team," Bayerl said. "They're big but our kids came back."

Rauch and Plym stepped up for Peshtigo with no Jerod Jandt or Nick Nielson, the team's two best offensive weapons.

Rauch ran five times for 93 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for touchdowns. Plym was 7-for-14 for 156 yards and two touchdowns. VanVooren also caught three passes for 93 yards.

Peshtigo struggled stopping the run, with Kudick going for 287 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries. Treinke had seven for 34 yards and a score and quarterback Ryan Carmichael had a touchdown as well.

"Their run game is phenomenal," Bayerl said. "We just had kids, I don't want to say out of position, but a couple times they picked the wrong gap or we had a certain call on and someone went the wrong way and if they happened to pick that hole, it's over. It was probably a lock of execution on our part in the first half."

Peshtigo drew Southern Door in the first round of the playoffs. Southern Door beat Peshtigo 42-22 two weeks ago.

"It's going to be a different ball game this time. We knew what they do, we know who they're going to try and get the ball to and they know what we do. It's just going to be a matter of who executes and makes the big plays is going to win the game," Bayerl said. "The kids are excited for the opportunity. They're excited for the chance to avenge a loss. You don't always get that chance."

Wausaukee Sneaks By Superior Central

The Wausaukee Ranger 8-man football team had a close call with Superior Central last Friday night as the Rangers snuck out the win 32-30.

Wausaukee got a great start in this contest as Tyler Gruszynski completed a 25 yard pass to Christian Shigouri. With three minutes sleft in the quarter Gruszynski completed a pass to Brandon Shigouri for a 36 yard score.

Superior Central posted their first score during the second quarter with Beau Rondeau crossing the goal line from one yard out.

Next to score was Wausaukee's Gruszynski who busted loose on a six yard teedee scamper.

With four minutes left in the half Gruzynski hit an open Kyle Struve for a 13 yard passing teedee.

Just before the intermission, 43 second to be exact, Gruszynski completed a 30 yard pass to Brandon Shigouri, giving the Rangers a nice 22-8 halftime lead.

That lead would quickly evaporate behind a fast striking Superior Central second half.

With three scores tallied over the final frames the Superior Central team was just shy at the end of regulation 32-30.

Gruszynski ended the game with 181 yards on an 10 of 17 performance with four teedees to boot.

On the ground Brandon Shigouri registered 106 yards and two touchdowns on five carries.

GB NEW Lutheran Obliterates Lena/STAA

The Green Bay NEW Lutheran Blazers did all they needed and then some to defeat the Lena/STAA Titans Friday night 48-18.

Lena/STAA posted their first score in the second quarter off a Simon Gard pass completion to Colby Borchert from 14 yards back.

The next Titan score was posted during the third when Gard hit Logan Shallow for a 37 yard passing score.

Shallow rushed for a touchdown during the fourth quarter while Gard passed one more touchdown to Borchert.

"The Blazers Jumped out to an early lead and rocked us back but when we regrouped we played pretty good even though they outsized us," said Lena/Staa Co-head coach Dale Lange. "We had some positive offensive plays and Defensively we stopped them on the outside in the 2nd half.  We know we need to get stronger in the offseason and then we can convert these kind of games into victories."

Gard passed for 150 yards on an eight of 20 performance while Borchert rushed for 97 yards on five carries.

Cougars Can't Ground Eagles Fall on the Road 29-16

Coleman and Southern Door battled out a high-scoring first quarter in Southern Door on Friday, but the Eagles shut the door on the Cougars during the back end of the game.

The Cougars took an 8-0 lead on a Mason Risner 78-yard touchdown run and Tyler Blanchard two-point conversion, but Southern Door quickly responded with a Kyle Daoust 21-yard run. After an extra point, the Cougars' lead was cut to one.

Jacob Zeitler scored a three-yard run and two-point conversion to bring the lead to 16-7. Daoust threw a 23-yard touchdown to Derik LeCaptain in the first quarter to cut the lead to two. From there, likely Division I-bound LeCaptain took over on both sides of the ball.

In the second quarter, he gave the Eagles a lead on an 88-yard rushing touchdown. A two-point conversion gave the Eagles their first lead at 22-16. The Cougars stayed within a score until the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, LeCaptain showed up on the other side of the ball, intercepting a pass and returning it 40-yards to seal the deal.

He finished with 17 rushes for 178 yards and six catches for 148 yards.

Coleman got nine rushes for 120 yards and a score. Zeitler ran 26 times for 94 yards. Coleman quarterback Cayden Bintz was 1-for-6 passing, while Southern Door got 11-for-20 passing for 231 yards and a touchdown from Daoust.

FVL Big Second Half Too Much for Marinette

Marinette was in a good spot after a half of play against Fox Valley Lutheran on Friday, but the Marine offense went cold while FVL's quarterback got hot in the second half.

Marinette took a 8-0 lead in the first quarter after a Joe Bezio 47-yard touchdown run, with Bezio also converting the two-point conversion.

After a field goal by FVL, Sam Drees added a touchdown run from five yards out and Marinette took a 14-3 lead to halftime.

In the third quarter, FVL got 25 and 17-yard touchdown passes from Andrew Reader to Sam Steigenberger to take a 17-14 lead. Still in the game, Marinette quarterback Matt Wagner threw an interception, which Jakob Ulman returned 15 yards for a touchdown to seal the win, 24-14.

"We're not going to win a whole lot of ball games dropping back and throwing all over the place. That's just not who we are," Marinette coach Andy Walters said. "The first half we were able to move the ball well but we fizzled out in the second half."

Walters was happy with his defense, which held FVL to 21-for-41 passing for 268 yards, with a leading rusher of 17 yards.

"We held them to two touchdowns in the second half," Walters said of his defense. "I was happy with our defense. I was happy with the way our kids came out and played hard for four quarters ad played with good intensity.

Bezio ran 16 times for 121 yards and a touchdown, while Drees ran 20 times for 105 yards and a score. Wagner finished 7-18 passing for 45 yards.

Marinette (3-6) graduates 18 seniors, including Wagner and other important offensive pieces like tight end Jake Poetzl.

"I Just want to thank our seniors. It's always difficult seeing those guys go," Walters said. "They put a lot of time effort and commitments into our program. It's an emotional game and its emotional for our kids, but we do want to thank those guys for what they did for us every year."

For those that remain, including juniors Bezio and Drees, this was a learning experience, Walters said, referencing the adversity of injuries.

"Obviously, our goal was to make the playoffs so were disappointed that didn't happen. We feel this was a season for our young guys to build off next year," Walters said. "There's a lot of good learning moments for the season."

High Scoring Flivvers Too Much for Maroons

The Menominee Maroons couldn't hold down the Kingsford Flivver offense on Friday, falling 62-28.

Menominee took a 6-0 lead on a Keagan Monroe touchdown run with 8:35 to go in the first quarter, but Kingsford swiftly erased the lead. Just a minute and 11 seconds later, Trevor Povolo scored on an 11-yard run to tie things up.

The Flivvers took the lead with 3:34 to go in the quarter on a passing touchdown by Luke Terrian, hitting Povolo for both the six and the two-point conversion.

The Flivvers extended the lead in the second quarter with 28 points on four rushing touchdowns. Brendon Harris had a 59-yard touchdown pass to Monroe in the quarter and he also ran in a nine-yarder, but Kingsford went to the half with a 42-21 lead.

Harris tossed a 30-yard passing touchdown to Caden Bigger to open the second half and cut the lead to two scores, but Kingsford closed out the game with three touchdowns, including a 77-yard passing touchdown a minute and a half after the Harris touchdown pass to Bigger.

Harris finished as the team's leading rusher with 13 attempts for 84 yards. He threw 19 passes, completing 10 for two touchdowns.

Monroe caught six of those passes for 131 yards.

Kingsford got 227 yards rushing on 32 carries from Luke Terrian. He was also 5-for-7 passing for 136 yards and two scores.

Oconto Falls to Mayville in Non Conference Matchup

Mayville topped Oconto 34-7 in the Blue Devils' season finale on Friday.

The Cardinals took a 21-0 lead in the first half, with two touchdown rushes and a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Mayville extended the lead in the third quarter with another punch-in score to make it 28-0. After extending the lead to 35-0, the Cardinals made their only mistake of the game, with Blue Devil Eddie Russell taking a fumble return 30 yards to the house to finish the game at 34-7.

Russell rushed 10 times for 29 yards. Caleb Moe was 8-for-15 passing, with Bennett Frazer catching five of them for 51 yards.

Mayville rushed 40 times for 173 yards collectively. Cardinal passers were 10-for-13 for 116 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Oconto finished the season 2-7.


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