space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Conference Play Begins for Area Squads
* Badgers Claim Early Supremecy in M&O Play
* Area Grapplers Take to the Mats
* Peshtigo Bowlers Off to Good Start
* Bighead Carp Caught on Lower Wisconsin River

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Late Rally Sends Peshtigo Past Northern Elite 22-18

15 Second Half

Points, Defense

Are Difference


Battling back from an 18-7 third quarter deficit Friday night, the Peshtigo Bulldogs (7-1, 6-0) claimed a share of the M-O Conference title with a thrilling 22-18 road victory over previously unbeaten Northern Elite (7-1, 5-1). Peshtigo struggled on both sides of the football for the entire first half and into the third quarter before coming alive down the stretch.

In a battle of conference leaders from the M-O and Northern Lakes circuits, the Bulldogs had to overcome all sorts of adversity...two blocked punts, the loss of fullback/linebacker Trevor Igl and that 11 point third quarter deficit. And they somehow survived!

Northern Elite is a very good team and controlled the tempo for most of the first half and into the second. They had us on our heels and fortunately we were only down 15-7 at the time, an emotional Peshtigo coach Sam Komp said. Our kids showed some great heart over the last 14-15 minutes. After the field goal we were down 18-7 and could have easily cashed it in, but didn’t. The kids dug deep and played with plenty of emotion to pull it out. I couldn’t be more proud of a group of young men.

Trailing 18-7 following a 21 yard field goal by Adam Parent, Peshtigo got back into the game when Jake Veness returned the ensuing pooch kickoff 64 yards for a touchdown with approximately 1:50 left in period three. On the conversion play, Dakota Keller hooked up with Jake Romenesko for an 18-15 deficit.

The pooch kick is something Northern Elite is very good at. We worked on it all week and set up a play to pop a run down the left side. Lo and behold, it worked as we put running back Veness on that side and he went the distance , Komp added.

Peshtigo continued its comeback early in the fourth quarter when Levi Sanborn picked off a Predator pass and returned it 13 yards to midfield. Looking to move ahead, Peshtigo saw Keller misfire on three straight passes before connecting on a crucial fourth down 34 yard completion to Romenesko at the 14 yard line. The play saw Romenesko race down field on a fly pattern and outjump the defender to make the catch. Keller ripped off 10 yards on first down while Steve Strojny tried pounding his way up the middle on second for no gain. Looking for more muscle, Komp and company brought in 225 senior Michael Vojcihoski, who blasted his way into the end zone from 4 yards out on the next play. Zach Neumann booted the extra point for a 22-18 edge with 7:50 remaining.

Romo is one of our playmakers and he came up with a great catch. Plus Neumann added the extra point, so Northern Elite was down by 4 points and had to score a touchdown to beat us. That is where our defense really dug deep and came up with a tremendous goal line stand, Komp remarked.

With all the momentum on its side, Peshtigo still had one final bullet to dodge. Forced to punt with 4:01 left on the clock, Peshtigo saw the boot by Romenesko get blocked and recovered by the Predators at the Bulldog 11 yard line.

It didn’t look good for Peshtigo.

Northern Elite put the ball in the hands of senior quarterback 4 times, but couldn’t penetrate the stingy Peshtigo defense. Swanson picked up one yard on first down then threw a pair of incomplete passes to Patrick Moreau on second and third down. Things went from bad to worse on fourth down as the scrambling Swanson was sacked for a 22 yard loss by Jordan Berth back to the 32 with 3:08 remaining.

With the Predators out of timeouts, Peshtigo needed one first down to run out the final 3-plus minutes and seal the win. A six play drive picked up a pair of first downs before Keller went into the victory formation and took a knee at the Bulldog 43.

There was a lot of emotion shown by both teams and we were very lucky to leave here with a win, Komp concluded.

Receiving the opening kickoff, the Predators sent an early message with a time consuming 16 play, 67 yard scoring drive. The running combination of Swanson and 205 pound fullback Jake Pedrotti along with three Peshtigo penalties kept the drive alive. Swanson carried 6 times for 19 yards while hitting Pedrotti twice on shovel passes for 16 yards to keep the Bulldog defense honest. A 12 yard fourth down pass to Moreau gave the Predators a new set of downs at the 10. Swanson hooked up with Trent Heath for 5 yards then scooted into the end zone at the 4:12 mark. Parent had his extra point kick get blocked for a 6-0 lead.

Down by a touchdown, Peshtigo saw its opening drive get wrecked by an Swanson interception at the Predator 15 and then lost the services of Igl three plays later to a broken arm with 11:10 remaining in period two.

Northern Elite continued its trek goalward and reached the Peshtigo 15 before being penalized for illegal participation. Forced back to the 42, the Predators ran into trouble when Swanson saw his pass get picked off by DJ Messenger at the 22.

The Bulldogs turned the turnover into points 8 plays later when Keller snuck in from a yard out. Messenger got things started with a 26 yard jaunt to the 48 while Romenesko hauled in a 12 yard third down pass to the Predator 43. Faced with a fourth and one, Peshtigo handed off to Steve Strojny, who broke through the line and bolted 30 yards to the 13. Three plays later Keller scored the touchdown at the 4:40 mark while Neumann’s kick gave Peshtigo its first lead at 7-6.

Putting together a big defensive stop, the Bulldogs thought they had things rolling their way, that is until Swanson boomed a 51 yard punt which rolled dead at the 3. A holding penalty backed up Peshtigo to the one, before Keller was sacked in the end zone for a safety, putting the Predators on top 8-7 (1:59).

Getting the ball back at midfield on the free kick, the Predators strung together a six play scoring drive. The key play was a third down 24 yard run by Pedrotti to the Peshtigo 18 before Swanson landed in the end zone three plays later on a 3 yard burst with 0:16 left in the half. Parent split the uprights as Northern Elite went into halftime owning that 15-7 edge.

The struggles continued for the Peshtigo offense to open the second half as two drives totaled 40 yards. The first march moved from the Bulldog 30 to the Northern Elite 34 before running out of downs while drive number two gained 4 yards and ended on a blocked punt.

Starting at the Bulldog 44, Northern Elite drove down to the 4 yard line before settling for a 21 yard field goal by Parent and an 18-7 edge. The drive was highlighted by a short pass to Heath, who turned it into a 37 yard gain to the 9.

Down but certainly not out, the Bulldogs answered. Veness got the momentum back on Peshtigo’s side with that return for points on the ensuing kickoff before Vojcihoski scored the game winner with 7:50 left.

We played well for 3-plus quarters but couldn’t finish. The last 8-12 minutes Peshtigo took us out of our game and we lost focus when things went bad, Predator coach Ben Laarman said. This was a hard fought game and a tough loss. Peshtigo just had more in the tank in the fourth quarter then we did. Maybe it was because of better numbers or conditioning.

Continuing the frustrated Predator coach added....this loss will hurt us in the playoff seeding as the Northern Lakes Conference doesn’t get much respect around the state. If we could have went into the playoffs as an undefeated champion, we would have earned a real high seed. I am not sure what is going to happen now.

The Predators totaled 222 yards, 108 rushing and 114 passing. Playmaker Swanson was limited to 44 yards rushing on 27 carries and completed 10 of 18 passes with two interceptions.

Peshtigo didn’t fare any better gaining 227 total yards....169 rushing and 58 passing. Messenger tallied 77 yards on 9 rushes while quarterback Keller completed just 5 of 17 throws for 58 yards and one interception.

The Bulldogs can clinch the outright M-O title Friday night with a home win over Suring in the conference finale. The last football championship for Peshtigo came in 2009.

Northern Elite heads to winless White Lake-Elcho in the Northern Lakes wrap up.

Both teams will find out their playoff opponents this weekend following the end of the regular season. The post-season will begin on Friday, October 25.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
12-06-2017Sports
Conference Play Begins for Area Squads

12-06-2017Sports
Badgers Claim Early Supremecy in M&O Play

12-06-2017Sports
Area Grapplers Take to the Mats

12-06-2017Sports
Peshtigo Bowlers Off to Good Start

12-06-2017Obituaries
Carleton H. Warnecke

12-06-2017Obituaries
Sandra Rust

12-06-2017Obituaries
Laurie A. O'Connor

12-06-2017Obituaries
Mel L. Last II

12-06-2017Obituaries
David M. Kostreva

12-06-2017Obituaries
Mary Koehne

12-06-2017Obituaries
Karen J. Deau

12-06-2017Obituaries
Theresa Boettcher

12-06-2017Obituaries
Kathleen M. Wood

12-06-2017Obituaries
Mildred H. Winkler

12-06-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee School Holiday Concerts

12-06-2017Obituaries
John A. Wilson

12-06-2017Obituaries
Donald C. Reiter

12-06-2017Obituaries
Gary Keller

12-06-2017Obituaries
Kim M. Jones

12-06-2017Obituaries
William C. Holmes

12-06-2017Obituaries
Dorothy M. Butler

12-06-2017Obituaries
Peter C. Brown

12-06-2017Obituaries
Charles W. Boshan

12-06-2017Obituaries
Nancy Palenica

12-06-2017
Neil J. Ondracek

12-06-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Church Free Dinner, Movie

12-06-2017Obituaries
Gerald Lesperance, Jr.

12-06-2017Obituaries
James D. Kohn

12-06-2017Obituaries
Rick G. Klimek

12-06-2017Obituaries
Terrance R. Ingram

12-06-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Board Meeting Dec. 13

12-06-2017Community - Wausaukee
Ranger Booster Club Fundraiser is Feb. 10

12-06-2017Community - Crivitz
21 Crivitz Students at Education Fair

12-06-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Church Services, Free Dinner Dec. 24

12-06-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Christmas Float Made by Those with Disabilities

12-06-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion Christmas Dinner

12-06-2017Community - Coleman
Founders of Coleman Cancer Event Raise Over $75,000

12-06-2017Community - Coleman
Swede Town Shed Damaged by Fire

12-06-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Hosts Senior Citizens

12-06-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Board to Discuss Two Overnight Student Trips

12-06-2017Front Page
Open House at New PCM Credit Union

12-06-2017Front Page
Lock, Gryzwa Will Not Seek Re-Election to Peshtigo Council

12-06-2017Front Page
Peshtigo Town Board Okays $925,412 Budget

12-06-2017Front Page
Marinette Firemen To Expand EMS Coverage

12-06-2017Front Page
Pound Parade Dec. 9, Special Meet Dec. 11

11-29-2017Sports
Bighead Carp Caught on Lower Wisconsin River

11-29-2017Obituaries
Frances T. Weimer

11-29-2017Obituaries
Donald Simonet

11-29-2017Obituaries
Bernard Pranica

11-29-2017Obituaries
John E. Pardee

11-29-2017Obituaries
Joan Paque

11-29-2017Sports
WIAA & Kwik Trip Resumes "Road Team of the Week"

11-29-2017Obituaries
Thomas Maye

11-29-2017Obituaries
Gerald Lesperance, Jr.

11-29-2017Obituaries
Deanna D. Koller

11-29-2017Obituaries
Ross F. Kies

11-29-2017Obituaries
Norman Jensen

11-29-2017Sports
Badgers Beat Rangers in OT

11-29-2017Obituaries
Paul G. Hoffman

11-29-2017Obituaries
Floyd W. Herson

11-29-2017Obituaries
Rose P. Hein

11-29-2017Obituaries
Connie A. Gustafson

11-29-2017Obituaries
Nancy I. Grun

11-29-2017Obituaries
Carl Francis

11-29-2017Obituaries
Rita R. Fitt

11-29-2017Obituaries
Elizabeth L. Felix

11-29-2017Obituaries
Lawrence Eichhorn

11-29-2017Obituaries
Larry P. Eatherton

11-29-2017Obituaries
William Doyen, Sr.

11-29-2017Obituaries
Robert E. Brown

11-29-2017Obituaries
Daniel W. Cloutier

11-29-2017Obituaries
William Caley

11-29-2017Obituaries
Helen M Bezio

11-29-2017Obituaries
Cheryl L. Aldrich

11-29-2017Sports
Marines Hold on for Tight Win in Peshtigo

11-29-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

11-29-2017Perspectives
From My Window

11-29-2017Community - Wausaukee
Ranger Booster Club Fundraiser is Feb. 10

11-29-2017Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Board Hears Wausaukee School Report

11-29-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Church Free Dinner, Movie

11-29-2017Community - Wausaukee
796 Shoebox Gifts Collected for OCC

11-29-2017Community - Crivitz
Special Olympics in Crivitz Starts Dec. 3

11-29-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Village Board Approves Upgrades

11-29-2017Community - Crivitz
Middle Inlet Hosts Vintage Snomo Show

11-29-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Continues Discussions To Update Zoning Ordinance

11-29-2017Community - Coleman
Gift Baskets Topic at Library Dec. 6

11-29-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Youth Wrestling Sign Up

11-29-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Village Board Dec. 4

11-29-2017Community - Coleman
Senior Club To Meet on Dec. 4

11-29-2017Front Page
The Wall That Heals Coming to Crivitz Aug. 30 - Sept. 2

11-29-2017Front Page
Airplane Tampering Allegations Draw Objections, Responses

11-29-2017Front Page
Committee Recommends Keep Chicago Court Name

11-29-2017Front Page
Wausaukee Tax Rate Unchanged From 2017

11-29-2017Front Page
Marinette City Budget Public Hearing Nov. 30

11-22-2017Obituaries
Dolores Behringer

11-22-2017Obituaries
Mildred J. Berman

11-22-2017Obituaries
Mason S. Ermis

11-22-2017Obituaries
Phyllis E. Gretzon

11-22-2017Obituaries
Amina Hambrick

11-22-2017Obituaries
Suzanne Hansen

11-22-2017Obituaries
Evelyn B. Holl

11-22-2017Obituaries
Joan M. Johnson

11-22-2017Obituaries
Brian H. Jossart

11-22-2017Obituaries
Theodore B. Knutson

11-22-2017Obituaries
Donald Lewandowski

11-22-2017Obituaries
Barbara J. Parrett

11-22-2017Obituaries
Charles P. Sindberg

11-22-2017Obituaries
Kathleen E. Selby

11-22-2017Obituaries
William R. VandenBloomer

11-22-2017Obituaries
James Wirtz

11-22-2017Obituaries
Linda Woulf

11-22-2017Sports
Bucs Dominate Roadrunners With Strong Second Half

11-22-2017Sports
Majewski's Career High Pushes Lakeland Past IIT

11-22-2017Sports
DNR Assessed Lakes and Rivers Remain Healthy

11-22-2017Sports
Cavaliers Thankful to Enter Win Column

11-22-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

11-22-2017Perspectives
From Our Readers

11-22-2017Perspectives
From My Window

11-22-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive is Nov. 27th

11-22-2017Community - Wausaukee
Town Wausaukee Sets $449,623 Tax Levy

11-22-2017Community - Wausaukee
Labor of Love Family Collection

11-22-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Hosts Turkey Trot Nov. 23

11-22-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz School Board Passes Budget Revisions

11-22-2017Community - Crivitz
Loomis Historical Christmas Dinner

11-22-2017Community - Crivitz
Christmas Tea at Crivitz Dec. 9th

11-22-2017Community - Crivitz
Christmas in Bethlehem at Crivitz Church Nov. 25

11-22-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman FFA Off To a Fast Start

11-22-2017Community - Coleman
Town of Pound Considers Possible Cheese Factory

11-22-2017Community - Coleman
Gift Baskets Topic at Library Dec. 6

11-22-2017Community - Coleman
12th Annual Christmas Bazaar, Craft, Vendor Sale

11-22-2017Front Page
County, Town, State Working To Improve Internet Service

11-22-2017Front Page
Wausaukee Faces Problems With False WWTP Testing Reports

11-22-2017Front Page
Former Hammes Garage Site Is Now A Vacant Lot

11-22-2017Front Page
Nogalski Reports On State Of Cemetery

11-22-2017Front Page
Peshtigo Tree Lighting Ceremony at Triangle Park

11-15-2017Sports
2017 Nine-day Gun Deer Season Opens Saturday, Nov. 18

11-15-2017Sports
WIAA State Football This Week in Madison

11-15-2017Obituaries
Eugene C. Sobeck

11-15-2017Obituaries
Dorothy M. Perkins

11-15-2017Obituaries
Ronald J. Lindgren

11-15-2017Obituaries
Sharon E. Heitkemper

11-15-2017Obituaries
George G. Garbell

11-15-2017Sports
Menominee's Playoff Run Ends

11-15-2017Obituaries
Jody L. DeHut 

11-15-2017Obituaries
Daniel W. Cloutier

11-15-2017Sports
Bulldogs Beat Foxes

11-15-2017Obituaries
Donald L. Champagne

11-15-2017Obituaries
James L. Bogusz

11-15-2017Obituaries
Ursula Whiting

11-15-2017Obituaries
Phyllis Turner


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Should President Trump cut back on the amount of tweets he makes?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2017
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites