Peshtigo Proves Too Tough For Young Tigers 64-Zip
Talk about a mismatch!
Still reeling from a frustrating double overtime loss at Suring the previous week, the Peshtigo Bulldogs took all of their frustrations out on a young Gillett team Friday night 64-0.
This game was over early. Real early.
The Bulldogs (7-1, 6-1) and the number two team in the final M-O standings, owned a 42-0 lead at halftime before tacking on 22 more points in the second half.
This was a nice win for us as we got out to an early lead. It was parents night, everybody got playing time, we won and got out of there with no injuries, Peshtigo coach Sam Komp said.
Barely breaking a sweat, the Bulldogs scored 28 points in the first quarter and by intermission had six touchdowns on their side of the scoreboard. Peshtigo owned a 320-56 yard edge in total offense and allowed the Tigers just 1.75 yards per play.
Once again our defense played well and that play continued with our reserves, which saw nearly three quarters of game action, Komp added.
A fumble recovery by Levi Sanborn set up Peshtigos first scoring drive, a 51 yard, 8 play effort. Junior fullback Michael Vojcihoski was handed the ball 4 times and picked up 25 yards. Trevor Igl, filling in for the injured Derek Maye (concussion against Suring), made his way to the end zone on a 14 yard jaunt (7:21). Igl finished with 68 yards on 5 rushes and 3 touchdowns.
Sanborn played a key role in Peshtigos next score, returning a punt 61 yards to paydirt. The special teams score would be the first of two in the game.
With the defense sending Gillett backwards, Peshtigo got the ball deep in Tiger territory at the 35. Three plays upped the lead to 20-0 as Vojcihoski rambled in from 20 yards out.
Looking to make some headway after the ensuing kickoff went out of bounds, Gillett went nowhere, leading to another punt. And you can guess what happened next. Thats right, another punt return. This time Jake Veness raced 70 yards for the score. The Dakota connection, Keller to Marino, clicked on the conversion play for a 28-0 spread.
After sputtering for most of the first quarter on their own side of midfield, Gillett finally moved into Peshtigo territory. Quarterback Alex Zeitler fired an 8 yard completion to Monte Noffke while Matt Peterson added a 7 yard gain to the 36. The drive eventually hit a snag when linebacker Michael Gable picked off a screen pass at the 41.
Four plays and the Bulldogs were back in the end zone. Keller connected with Ryan Ehlers for 27 yards to the 29 before runs by Sanborn (17 yards) and Igl reached the end zone (12). Igl also added the conversion points for a 36-0 lead.
The Bulldogs final touchdown of the first half came compliments of Igl, who broke free on a 33 yard scoring jaunt (6:24).
With plenty of reserves in the lineup and the mercy clock ticking, Peshtigo added two more touchdowns in period three. Michael Houska, a 200 pound sophomore running back, blasted in from 2 yards while senior defensive back Marcus Behnke picked off a pass and scooted 34 yards to the end zone.
Peshtigos final score came with 6:56 left as Houska raced in from 6 yards out.
Igl did a nice job running the ball and we havent used him too much in the backfield because he is such an integral part of our defense. He will definitely get some more looks going into the playoffs and will help us, Komp said.
Looking ahead to the playoffs, Peshtigo will host Spencer-Marshfield Columbus Catholic on Friday, October 19 at 7pm. Drawing the third seed, Peshtigo is the biggest team in the D-5 field as far as enrollment.
They are part of the Marawood Conference and own a 6-2 record. We exchanged tapes and well be breaking that down. They play in a tough conference and we are going to have to be on top of our game to be successful, Komp concluded.
The Level 1 victor will more than likely take on perennial state power and second seed Stratford the following week.
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