Peshtigo Stays UnBeaten in PackerLandIssue Date: September 6, 2018
Peshtigo Starts Fast, Cruises To Win Over Sturgeon Bay
Peshtigo cruised to a 43-8 win over Sturgeon Bay Friday, locking the game up by halftime and getting some valuable reps for the JV players.
The Bulldogs scored all of their points in the first half. Nick Parrett started off by taking in a 17-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Nick Nielson fired a touchdown to Max Rauch to double it and one more to make it 21-0. Will Boettcher made it 28-0 with a six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Nielson completed a perfect passing day, as his third pass of the night went for his third touchdown, this time to Mitchell VanVooren from 45 yards out.
Nielson finished with 101 yards passing on three passes, all of which went for scores.
Keegan Elfstrom scored the Bulldogs' final touchdown before the halftime whistle, taking one in from nine to make it 43-0.
Peshtigo had exerted its dominance by halftime. Bulldogs coach Jeff Bayerl said that in watching film, he didn't think Sturgeon Bay would provide Peshtigo with too many problems.
"We felt we were the better team and we went out and showed it," Bayerl said.
Sturgeon Bay scored a touchdown in the third, but that was it, as Peshtigo didn't have any trouble holding its lead.
From the middle of the second quarter, JV guys began to fill in for Peshtigo, with Elfstrom and Will Boettcher each scoring their first varsity touchdowns.
With Jerod Jandt, the team's top ball-carrier, out with an injury, Bayerl has had to turn to a few different players to help carry the load. With Nielson, Parrett and the two young guys, the Bulldogs spread out the work on Friday.
"We had nine kids carry the ball," Bayerl said. "They can't key on the tailback now. They're going to have to respect the tailback running, the fullback running, the wingback and they're also going to have to respect the passing game. We've become more balanced, and down the line, that's going to help us a lot."
Aside from the third quarter's first drive, it was almost exclusively JV players defensively, something that didn't help them score points Friday, but it may a year or two from now.
"It was nice to Keegan a touchdown and Will a touchdown," Bayerl said, adding about the entire team, "they got some valuable varsity experience, which is going to help us down the road."
Nielson was also the team's top ball-carrier, with six carries going for 58 yards. Joe Sodini had two carries for 21 yards.
Next week is the showdown between Coleman and Peshtigo that both teams have circled on their calendars, as the Cougars come to Peshtigo for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Peshtigo won last year's game 34-6, but Coleman is a new squad, having won back-to-back games over Crivitz and Northern Elite by scores of 48-19 and 46-7, respectively.
"They're well-coached," Bayerl said of the Cougars. "Coleman's like us. They are what they are, they do what they do and they do it very well."
Cougars Too Tough In The Trenches For Predators
The Coleman Cougars dominated against a young Northern Elite team on Thursday, winning 46-7 behind two of the program's historical strong points: good line play and running the football.
The Cougars got a 47-yard touchdown from Cayden Bintz to get things rolling, with Blake Forner running in from 24 out to make it 16-0 with the two two-point conversions.
Tyler Blanchard had a four-yard carry for a score and Mason Risner found daylight for a 49-yard score, also catching a 21-yard pass from Forner.
Landen Kaldor had Elite's only touchdown, scoring from 46 yards out in the second quarter to make it 38-7 before the half. He had 76 yards on 16 rushes.
Jacob Zeitler scored in the third quarter, the fifth Cougar to find the end zone as a runner.
Bintz had 102 yards on seven carries, Blanchard had 58 on five runs and Zeitler topped out at 52 yards.
Coleman coach Jeff Bronson said it's important that the Cougars have a lot of different players that can handle the ball.
"We have to in the offense we run, because we don't want to overload the fullback, we don't want to overload one halfback and we want to keep teams honest," he said. "A lot of teams do it through the pass but we'll just do it by having four guys carry the ball. If they get tired, we'll just put someone else in like tonight we had six guys carry the ball with success."
There were a few drives where it looked like Northern Elite could hold off the Cougars, but a big play would keep the drive going.
"We'd hold them for a bit, but we couldn't for three to force a punt or four to get the ball back. It was just that they did a great job exploiting some weaknesses in our defense," Northern Elite coach Ben Laarman said. "They just had good, really tough athletes, but they also execute their fundamentals so much better than we did, so that's the big key."
For the Cougars defense, Laarman had big praise for senior defensive lineman Brock Martinson, saying, "I don't think I've ever seen a defensive lineman control the game like he did."
He was a force in the game, disrupting plays in the backfield and helping to limit Kaldor and the rest of the Northern Elite offense.
"I thought Brock was motivated. I think he took the challenge of being a senior leader up front and we let him go a little bit tonight, a little freer than we have normally in our defensive scheme because we thought we could take advantage of him and he played very well," Bronson said. "He's becoming more of an emotional leader, too, which for him is a great step because he's a quiet kid."
While Martinson's senior leadership played a part in the outcome of the game, the youth of Northern Elite was also a factor. With only eight upperclassmen on the team, a lot of players never get to leave the field, while a younger players are still learning the ins and outs of the game.
:It's not going to happen overnight; it's not going to happen in one or two practices. We need sustained, focused, great practices to really improve your fundamentals," Laarman said. "If we do that, we can have a chance as we go through our conference."
For Laarman, it's frustrating to lose games early in the season, because he sees potential in his players.
"We have a lot of good players. That's what's frustrating about these last couple weeks is that they're just not executing anywhere near out potential," he said. "We've got good players. We just have to get better at the fundamentals. We have to play with more character."
Bronson echoed that, saying, "Catching them early in the year is definitely a benefit because of how young they are in key spots. By the end of the year, this is going to be a vastly improved team."
Tigers Top Titons To Stay Undefeated
Gillett took care of Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy on Friday with a 38-0 win, dominating offensively and defensively.
The Tigers allowed only four total yards from Lena/STAA and one first down. Meanwhile, they racked up 413 yards.
Bo Krueger was the man for Gillett. He ran in from a yard out to give Gillett a lead in the first. With 10 seconds left in the second quarter, he ran in from five out and passed to Logan Block for the two-point conversion.
"We hung in with them in the first half and have to take our hats off to the defense," Lena/STAA coach Dale Lange said.
The second half was when things started to go sour for Lena/STAA, as Gillett cranked out three huge plays to pull away.
After the two short runs, he bolted away from all 11 defenders in the third, leaving them behind for a 51-yard touchdown scamper with 8:04 left in the quarter.
Brock Herzog threw a 71-yard touchdown to Sam Lemens with 3:39 left in the third, with Krueger scoring the two-pointer.
Krueger finished things off with a 64-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He had 197 yards on 18 carries. Anthony Carroll had 72 yards on 13 carries and Herzog had seven for 55.
"Our younger players got worn down, so we will be working on that and get back to some basic fundamentals so we can get the offense back on track," Lange said.
Crivitz Gets Solid Win Over Three Lakes
The Crivitz Wolverines had a tough time on the grids last weeks taking a rather large deficit in a home opener loss. But this past Friday on the field of Crivitz High School the Wolverines were able to amass a hearty 42-8 victory over the Three Lakes guys.
The field didn't see much in the way of scores over the first quarter as both teams defenses held strong to keep the score to 0-0 over the opening minutes.
But then Crivitz exploded, taking off on the score boards like a rocket, as they propelled themselves to a 28-0 lead at the half.
Jaden Werner went to the air for the Wolverines' first score of the night, completing a pass to Dawson Angriest for a 77 yard teedee.
The score came off the legs of Eli Lawrence who tucked in a pitch from Werner before busting loose on a nine yard gainer for the 14-0 lead.
Tony Jopek got his number called in the next possession as he made his way around the defense off a pitch for the 65 yard scamper that broke the goal line.
Lawrenece tallied a second rushing teedee on the night, going 39 yard during the third quarter for 35-0 lead.
The Wolverines' final touchdown of the night was registered during the fourth quarter as Kody Richlen hit pay dirt off an 85 yard touchdown run.
Three Lakes merged to stop the shutout from occurring with a late game rushing touchdown from Logan Erikson. "
Thought the air for the night the Wolverines' Werner was one three for three with 141 yards and two touchdowns while Three Lakes' Brenden Kortenhof was held to zero yards.
On the ground the Wolverines were led by Richlen who amassed 142 yards on seven carries with one teedee Jopek rushed for 91 yards on five carries with a touchdown as well.
Wausaukee Get Gears Turning in Victory Over Oneida
The Wausaukee Ranger 8-man football team got a seriously needed win over the Oneida Nation Thunderhawks last Friday, coming away from the match up with a shutout victory 52-0.
Nearly all the action happened so fast, if you blinked you may have missed it. The quick striking Rangers quickly found themselves ahead in this one as they exited the first quarter way ahead 28-0.
Starting that scoering run was Kyle Struve who received a handoff from Hayden Renikow for the three yards goal line breaker. Reendow went to the air in the next possession find8ing Brandon Shigouri open on a 47 yard passing score. With five minutes left in the first quarter Renikow passed to Tyler Gruszynski from 37 yards back, getting the score and the 28 point first quarter lead.
Before the intermission Wausauklee looked to solidify their hold on the lead, and they did, getting in on a 10 yard Struve run while Andy Schaal reeled in a one yard pass to end the half scoring, putting the Rangers ahead by 44 at the half.
Wausaukee's Boesen finished off the evening scoring with a third quarter run from 20 yard back.
Through the air Renikow was five of nine for 106 yards and three teedees. Oneida's Victor Hernandez-Sker got 38 yards on a three of seven performance.
On the ground Wausaukee's Struve piled up 142 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns while Renikow got 79 yards on 10 carries with one teedee.
Gruszynski and Shigouri also both reeled in interceptions during the game.
Scary Ghosts Defense Shuts Out Maroons
Kaukauna's defense held the Menominee Maroons in check on Friday, leaving the Upper Peninsula with a 21-0 win.
Kaukauna opened the scoring with a 18-yard touchdown pass from Noah Van Asten to Taylor Tschantz in the first quarter. Van Asten fired a 16-yard pass to Cole Hurst to double the score.
The Maroon defense held steady for most of the game, as the Galloping Ghosts didn't score until there were less than four minutes left on the clock, when Hank Hofman took one in from 18 out to make it 21-0, where the score would end.
Keegan Monroe led Menominee's offensive attack, rushing 14 times for 68 yards. William Burnett took his 18 carries and turned it into 49 yards.
Menominee hosts Gladstone on Friday.
Marines Hold Off Panthers 34-27
Coming off their first win in the M&M game against Menominee in 10 years, Marinette Marines coach Andy Walters expected a bit of a hangover when Marinette faced Oconto Falls on Friday.
Oconto Falls came into the game 1-1, with a loss to Little Chute by a 36-0 score the week before, but they gave Marinette all it could handle.
Marinette took a 12-0 lead in the first quarter on a Sam Drees 57-yard run and a Joe Bezio 25-yard touchdown run, and it looked like Marinette would avoid the post-big-game hangover.
Oconto Falls wasn't going to pack it in, however, as Joseph Walters threw a 13-yard completion to Mitchell Manns from 10 out, making it 12-7.
Matt Wagner threw a nine-yard touchdown to Trey Brelt in the second to restore a 20-7 lead, but before the end of the half, Dakota Carriveau punched in from two yards out for the Panthers to make it 20-13.
Wagner handed it off to Bezio for another touchdown in the third, and it looked like Marinette could pull away, but the third quarter was for the Panthers.
Walters threw a 21-yard touchdowns to Jarod Parsons and Carriveau to let the Panthers take a 27-26 lead with less than nine minutes remaining.
Marinette put on one game-winning drive and game-saving defensive stop to escape, however.
Sam Drees capped off a Marines touchdown drive with a 17-yard touchdown run to take a 35-27 lead. The Marines weren't quite out of the woods until Drees intercepted Walters and allowed Marinette to kneel out the clock.
Walters passed 26 times, completing half for 185 yards and three touchdowns, something Marinette hadn't expected.
"I give them credit, because they passed the ball 10 times all year coming in and they came out and threw the ball 20-some times," Walters said, taking the blame for the Panthers catching the Marine defense by surprise. "They did some things that we hadn't seen. You can't practice against something you haven't seen, so we had to kind of make adjustments on the fly. I give them credit for the gameplan, but at the same time, I'll take credit for some the poor defensive performances, because we were asking the kids to do some things that we didn't prepare for in practice."
Marinette's offense was the star unit of the game, at least statistically. Wagner was six of nine passing for 60 yards. Marinette's ground game carried the torch. Sam Drees ran 15 times for 177 yards, Rylie Nelson went 11 times for 100 yards and Bezio carries 11 times for 84 yards.
"Our offense almost put up 500 yards and 400 yards of rushing," Walters said. "It doesn't matter who you play, those are pretty good numbers there out of our offense."
And defensively, the Marines weren't perfect, but an interception sealed the win.
"Defensively, we did enough. We did what we had to do when we had to do it to get out of there with a win," Walters said. "We would have liked it to have been a more convincing win, I guess, but sometimes coming off a big game like that, you have a bit of a hangover."
Marinette (2-1) travels to Little Chute on Friday. As for Oconto Falls (1-2), they host Freedom.
Eagles Dominate With Defense Stop Blue Devils 28-6
The Oconto Blue Devils were shut down by the Southern Door Eagles on Friday, Aug. 31, losing 28-6.
Oconto couldn't get anything going offensively, as they were limited to just 47 yards on 56 plays. The team ran for 25 yards and got 22 through the air.
Southern Door scored first, with Tyler Kroll throwing a six-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Daoust in the first. After a Derik LeCaptain touchdown run in each of the next two quarters, SD led 21-0 going into the fourth.
LeCaptain had 18 carries for 143 yards and two scores. The Eagles had 318 yards, with 192 on the ground.
LeCaptain has a preferred walk on offer from the Division I Wisconsin Badgers. He also has an offer on the table from Division I FCS school South Dakota, along with a handful of DII offers.
A Daoust touchdown pass made it 28 before Oconto quarterback Zach Sherman found Bennett Frazer for a seven-yard score in the fourth to get the Devils on the board.
Sherman finished 5-of-22 passing for 22 yards. He ran 11 times for 45 yards. The rest of the team collectively lost 20 yards.
Next week for Oconto (1-2), it's Algoma at home. Algoma is 0-3 on the season so far.
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