Bulldogs Get On Winning Track With Victory Over Northern EliteIssue Date: September 12, 2019
Bulldogs Pull Away From Predators Late for First Win
The Peshtigo Bulldogs are in the win column.
Peshtigo defeated Northern Elite on Friday, though it wasn't easy by any stretch, with the Bulldogs needing a pair of second-half scores to pull away from the Goodman/Pembine/Niagara co-op to 180 yards in a 24-6 win.
Peshtigo struck first, scoring on its first drive courtesy of a Jerod Jandt rushing touchdown from a yard out, with the senior running in for the two-point conversion as well.
That score came with 6:18 to go in the first quarter. Neither team would score in the second quarter, much to the disappointment of the Peshtigo coaching staff.
"The line quit moving their feet, we quit pushing. We thought it was over and that team plays hard," Bulldogs head coach Jeff Bayerl said. "We told them that this team is going to play hard until they run out of gas and when we made them start chasing us, they just ran out of gas, and that was kind of the plan."
It was Northern Elite that scored next, with Elliot Peterson running in from 15 yards early in the third quarter. The two-point conversion failed to keep Peshtigo ahead 8-6 and the Bulldogs counter-punched on the next drive, with Will Boettcher the scorer on a five-yard run. The conversion, a pass from Jandt to Preston Rehwinkel, made it 16-6 in favor of the Bulldogs. Jandt sealed it with a 25-yard running touchdown and another two-point pass to Rehwinkel to seal the 24-6 win.
Late in the game, Northern Elite had trouble running with Peshtigo, with Jandt finding space on the edge and the Bulldogs showing off their speed.
"They just kind of took over physically, I think," Northern Elite coach Ben Laarman said. "They wore us down with their physicality. It's frustrating."
Those two conversions were the only thing resembling a passing game for either side Friday, with Jandt and Peterson combining to go 0-for-9 passing with one interception (Mitchell Peters off Peterson) on the night.
Jandt would run 21 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns, with Boettcher adding 14 tries for 92 yards and a score.
Andrew Niven ran the ball 19 times for 134 yards to lead Northern Elite.
"He's our most explosive player, so it was good to get him loose on some runs," Laarman said. Unfortunately, the team couldn't string drives together to put up more points, namely stalling out twice in the red zone.
"It's a bit frustrating we can't break the really big ones. We talked about that before the game. It's tough in high school football to have those long drives without shooting yourself in the foot and we shot ourselves in the foot too often."
Peshtigo faces Crandon on the road Friday. Crandon is coming off a 12-0 loss to Oconto. Northern Elite is off Friday due to Sturgeon Bay's dropping to 8-man football for the season, giving Northern Elite and the rest of the teams on the Clippers' schedule forfeit wins.
Coleman Keeps With Kewaunee Fall in Fourth Quarter
The Coleman Cougars had a good game on their hands last Friday when they traveled to Kewaunee to take on the Storm. The Storm were the eventual winners 21-18 thanks to a fourth touchdown.
Both teams were able tot find scores in the opening frame as Coleman worked their way to pay dirt off a five yard Tyler Blanchard reception from Cayden Bintz.
Kewaunee overtook Coleman's 6 point lead with a Jack Severin 46 yard rush along with the two point conversions the Storm took the lead 7-6.
Coleman's scoring machine fell silent over the second quarter as Kewaunee increased their lead with a Jason Selner five yard receiving teedee.
After the intermission the Cougars showed a little renewed purpose as they broke loose on a 29 yard Zack Cops rushing TD brining them to a 13-12 deficit.
Coleman plugged out one more touchdown in the fourth quarter when Bintz scampered into the end zone from four yards back. Kewaunee also scored, getting in on a 10 yard reception from Ben Hiem. Along with Selner's two point conversions the storm had everything they needed to overtake the Cougars.
By games end the total yardage was pretty darn close. in fact one yard off. Coleman amassed 245 yards off 52 plays while Kewaunee got 344 on 53 plays.
The Coleman ground game was led by Blanchard with 89 yards on 14 carries and Kewaunee's Owen Kudick who amassed 140 yards on 17 carries.
Bintz passed for 46 yards while Kewaunee's Carmichael got 167 in a 13 of 22 performance.
Gillett outlasts Wausaukee in Shootout
The Gillett Tigers took a big conference win over the hosting Wausaukee Rangers Friday night, taking down the home team 48-34.
Gillett wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard as they fired off two touchdowns before the Rangers could respond.
The first one came from Wyatt Herzog who reeled in the Derek Bloch pass for the 40 yard touchdown. With four minutes left in the quarter they struck again, this time off a 29 yard pass from Bloch to Herzog bringing Gillett to the early 14-0 lead.
Wausaukee got on the board in the first thanks to an eight yard pass from Hayden Renikow to Brandon Shigouri.
It took a bit for the next score to ring in but it was Gillett who rang that bell as Block continued to take to the air with a 20 yard passing TD to Anthony Carroll.
Wausaukee got their second score off Hayden Renikow's pass to Shigouri from 10 yards out.
With just four second left till the half Logan Block pushed one more across the goal line for the Tiger, this time from six yards out.
At the half Gillett led 28-14. Wausaukee returned from that half and set the tone with a 15 yard rush from Renikow to make it a one score game 28-20.
But then Block struck again, walking into the end zone for the two yard score. Gillett increased the lead a short while later with a Carroll nine yard scoring push.
Wausaukee ended the third quarter with a 32 yard scoring pass from Renikow to Shigouri.
Both team scored once in the final frame with the Rangers striking at the five minute mark off a 31 yard pass from Renikow to Shigouri.
The Tigers ended scoring with a 33 yard Logan Block run to capitalize on the scoreboard readout which was set at 48-34.
Through the air Wausaukee was led by Renikow with 227 yards in an 11 of 24 performance. He had four passing teedees. Block amassed 111 yards and three TD's off six of his ten passes.
On the ground Gillett's Block got 231 yards and two touchdowns off 23 carries while Renikow amassed 66 yards and one touchdown off 13 carries.
Crivitz Falls in Tough Loss to Southern Door
The Crivitz Wolverines traveled to Southern Door to take on the Eagles who blasted the visiting Wolverines 39-14.
Southern Door was on the fast track from the start as they fired in an opening frame touchdown to set the early tone of the game.
The Eagles' Nick Bauduin broke loose on a 29 yard scoring run to mark the games first touchdown.
Crivitz responded with a 16 yard scoring pass from Jaden Werner to Dawson Andrist to take the only lead they would capture of the game 8-7.
Southern Door had a tough second frame planned for the Wolverines as Baudhuin cruised into the end zone from seven yards back. They returned to pay dirt a short while later getting in off another Bauduin run, this time from 13 yard out.
Crivitz got a score in before the intermission, hitting paydrit off a flea flicker to Tony Jopek who passed to Andrist for the six yard score.
At the half the game was set 19-14. The Wolverines who had been keeping pace returned from the intermission to find the Southern Door Eagles had made adjustments.
Bauduin who had been having a great game up to this point exploded over the second half, starting with a 31 yard scoring run then another a short while later from 36 yards out.
The fourth quarter saw the Eagles post one final score off a one yard Bauduin run.
On the ground the Wolverines were led by Tony Jopek who got 44 yards on five carries. The Eagles' baudhuin rushed for 403 yards and six touchdowns on 37 attempts.
Through the air The Eagles' Daoust passed for 63 yards in a six of nine showing while Werner led the Crivitz passing game with 109 yards and one TD on a 10 of 17 performance.
Suring Falls To Gibraltar
The Suring Eagles started strong but fell to the eventual winner the Gibraltar Vikings Friday night in Suring 43-24.
Though the game didn't end Suring's way it was the Eagles who set the tone early, getting in off a one yard run by Kegyn Lambrecht.
The Vikings weren't able to get the offensive wheels turning till the second quarter but did so with a 10 yard pass from Luke Steebs to Alex Laughlin. The next score was from the Vikings as well, a 44 yard pass from Steebs to Laughlin.
During worked in a touchdown during the second quarter, scoring off a 345 yard pass from Jayden Geniesse to Duncan Breed.
Gibraltar ended the half with one more TD, the one a pass from Laughlin to Steebs from 14 yards back.
At the half the Vikings controlled the score board 22-16.
The third quarter was all Vikings as Brandon Stillman got things going after the intermission with a 12 yard rushing teedee. It was followed a short while later by another Gibraltar touchdown, this one from Steebs on a three yard scamper.
Gibraltar managed one final score in the fourth quarter off a 47 yard Sam Linbenrg run while Suring wrapped up the evenings scoring with a 42 yard pass from Jeremy Hansel to Ashtyn Edwards.
Suring's Logan Stuart rushed for 112 yards on 24
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