Gridiron Play Begins With Opening Week ActionIssue Date: August 23, 2018
Peshtigo Downs Two
Rivers In a Tale
of Two Halves
It was a strange opening to the season for the Peshtigo Bulldogs, but when the dust settled, they had a 34-24 win over Two Rivers.
Peshtigo took a 7-0 lead on a 51-yard touchdown run from Jerod Jandt and Aidan Bohaczek kick with 10:23 left in the first, but the Pirates took a 10-7 lead after a 30-yard field goal from Owen Williams and a 25-yard passing touchdown with 2:15 left in the first quarter. In the second, the Bulldogs got on a roll.
Jandt ran in from 35 to take a 14-10 lead, but a 10-yard touchdown by the Pirates made it 17-14. Jandt then ran in from eight yards out, passed to Mitchell VanVooren for a 31-yard score and ran in from a yard away to make the score 34-17.
All the while, as it was getting darker out, the lights at Bulldog Stadium would not all stay on. With 36 seconds left in the half, the lights went out for good. At that point, the game was moved to Marinette's field, a move that had a large effect on the teams.
"It affected us tremendously. It broke our momentum, it totally disrupted what we were doing," Peshtigo coach Jeff Bayerl said.
Two Rivers had a bus at the game, which the team could take to Marinette. Peshtigo did not have a bus, and the players were forced to find rides to the secondary field, something that benefitted the Pirates.
"We couldn't control their emotions. We couldn't keep an eye on them," Bayerl said. "We didn't go over there and finish the job. We had a big lapse in concentration because of the switch, but they're kids though. I get it. They're kids and they were happy with how the game was going at the time, but you've got to stay focused and that's something that we're just going to work on from here on out."
The Bulldogs wouldn't score again in the game, but it did give them a chance to dial up some defensive pressure during the extended break.
"We had a chance to regroup a bit on defense. We had a chance to make some changes and brought a little extra pressure," Bayerl said, saying he and defensive coordinator Pat Robbins made some changes during the break. "We had a little chance to discuss things there and we were able to bring some more pressure and kind of shut them down a little bit."
Once both teams got to the field, the teams got a 15-minute break. They then played the final 36 seconds. Once it was the actual halfway point, the teams were only given a two-minute break.
"It was kind of weird," Bayerl said. "Something I've never been a part of."
Two Rivers got another touchdown in the fourth, but the seven points were the only points for either team in the half.
Overall, Bayerl was happy with what his team did in the game. They executed the small things they've been working on in practice.
"It's like we tell the kids: work on the little things and the big things will take care of themselves," he said. "We're working on the premise that we're trying to be 1-0 every week. That's probably the little things we're looking at."
Jandt had a huge game, running 30 times for 238 yards and three touchdowns. He passed five times for 98 yards and touchdown, completing four of his five attempts, which was a key to springing him free in space, in addition to his ability and his offensive line's work.
"The thing with Jerod is that if he's not able to throw the ball effectively, we're going to see nine or ten guys in the box trying to stop him from running the ball," Bayerl said. "If we can get a little bit of passing out of him, which we did here in this game, that's a big plus. They can't load up and stop the run and we just happened to throw the right pass at the right time and it went for a touchdown."
Bohaczek led with seven tackles and Nick Nielson had six. Nielson also caught two passes for 62 yards, including a 55-yarder, and threw for 39 yards on one completion.
Two Rivers quarterback Noah Babich completed 15 of 32 passes for 178 yards and three scores. He also threw one interception to Alex Dolata.
No Pirate rusher really got anything going, with no player gaining more than 36 yards on the ground.
Peshtigo takes on Bonduel next week on the road. The Bears opened with a 25-12 win over Coleman in week one.
Wausaukee Gets Rude
Awakening To Season
The Wausaukee Rangers opened their 2018 season with a trip down the wrong track. They were sent down this path by the visiting Newman team who defeated the Rangers 33-6.
Newman was first on the board in the first quarter, getting a 74 yard pass from Ben Bates to Joe Zeimetz for the teedee. During the second quarter Newman's Bates completed another pass, this time to Elliot Samuels from 13 yards out.
With 37 seconds left in the first half Bates connected with Cade Kimball for the 19 yard passing touchdown.
At the half Wausaukee had failed to produce any substantial offense as the Newman boys led 19-0.
Newman was first to strike in the second half as well when Kasey Kaliface cruised to a 77 yard rushing teedee.
Wausaukee finally got across the goal line in the third quarter as Quentin Unferth broke in from four yards out.
The games final score occurred with 29 second left in the third. Newman's Nates scramble off on a two yard scamper and score, helping to bring the games tally to 33-6.
Through the air Newman's Bates amassed 253 yards and three touchdowns on his 11 of 24 day.
Wausaukee's Hayden Renikow piled up 150 passing yards on seven completions.
On the ground Wausaukee's Hayden Renikow went 49 yards on 15 carries while teammate Unferth carried the ball 13 times for 32 yards and a teedee. Newman's Kaliface ended the night with 112 yard on the ground with on touchdown on his 15 carries.
in Opener to Kewaunee
The Crivitz Wolverine football team had a tough night Friday evening when they traveled to Kewaunee for a match up with the Storm. After four quarters of gridiron action the Wolverines were a little banged up and bruised 54-7.
Kewaunee's Ryan Charmicheal started the games scoring with a 20 yard passing touchdown to reciever Travis Reinke for the early lead.
Crivitz's only score of the night came after that Kewaunee opening quarter score as Jaden Werner tossed an 80 yard pass completion and touchdown to Eli Lawrence bringing the score to 7-7.
At this point it look as if it might be a well match game, but things quickly got out of control for the Wolverines who watched that knotted up score quickly turn into a large hole.
Kewaunee was able to muster up two more first quarter teedee's, giving them a 21-7 lead exiting the first quarter.
Another touchdown in the second, two in the third and a touchdown and field goal in the fourth gave the Storm a 54 points readout which dwarfed the Wolverines seven from the first quarter.
By the end of the game the Wolverines' Werner had amassed 94 yards on two completions with one touchdown. Kewuanee's Charmicheal got 187 yards on seven completions with four touchdowns.
On the ground the Crivitz guys were led by Werner who carried four times for 26 yards. Kewuanee's Owen Kudick got 158 yards and two teedees on 13 carries.
Season With a Bang
The Lena/STAA Titan football team took a more than solid 8-man football circuit win Friday night as they took down Menominee Indian 44-0.
"It was a nice way to start the season 44-0," said Titans co-head coach Dale Lange. "I was happy about our young linemen and how they performed on blocking. We made some nice holes for the backs and our back ran hard. We had a balanced attack on offense and defensively we were able to shut down his big runners. However there is room for improvement and we will need to that for our upcoming opponents."
The Titans wasted no time in building a nice lead in the first quarter.
Simon Gard got things rolling for the Titans with a 15 yard pass to Colby Borchert who carried it in for the touchdown. Trenton Telford's kick was good, along with his next three extra point kicks which all sailed through the uprights.
Gard added another passing teedee a short while later, connecting with Logan Shallow from 19 yards back.
Telford carried the ball in the next score, going 17 yards for the score while Shallow wrapped up the first quarters scoring with a 45 yard rushing score giving the Titans a 28-0 lead.
Hayden Knox got things going during the second for Lena/STAA with a 27 yard rushing teedee while a 49 yard rushing score was tallied by Knox to wrap up the nights scoring.
Through the air Gard was two of five for 95 yards while Telford ended the evening with 95 yards off of seven carries.
The Bondeul Bears came to Coleman fir day night and took the show from the home field boys 27-12.
Both teams managed a first quarter score with the Cougars striking on a Tyler Blanchard 19 yard receiving teedee. The Bears scored off a Collin Hanus 35 yard catch.
Bonduel scored once more during the second, getting in off a Isaac Ganaida 69 yard reception.
Coleman scored once more during the third quarter, getting in off a Mason Risner 13 yard rush. But one teedee in the third and a final in the fourth by the Bears was enough to give Coleman the loss.
On the ground Coleman's Jacob Ziegler amassed 109 yards on 16 carries while the Bears' Riddik Bohm got 110 yards on nine carries.
Cayden Blintz piled up 26 yards on three completions while Bonduel's Bohm amassed 234 off of eight throws.
Oconto Runs Away
From Rosholt 33-6
Quarterback Zach Sherman did it all for the Oconto Blue Devils in their season-opening win over Rosholt on Friday, scoring four touchdowns.
He opened the game with six, rushing for a five-yard touchdown in the first. Later in the quarter, he scampered in from 11 yards out. Bennett Frazer's extra points made it 14-0.
Rosholt quarterback Dominick Betro got six back in the second on a 36-yard touchdown pass, but that was the last points of the game against the Blue Devils defense.
Before halftime, Sherman scored from seven out to make it 21-6. Devin Reinhardt stepped up to make a 25-yard touchdown pass to Josh Delzer in the third quarter.
Sherman finished things off with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Frazer in the fourth.
Sherman finished 6-for-12 passing for 126 yards and a touchdown. He ran 14 times for 51 yards and three scores. He wasn't limited to offensive production, however. He intercepted a pass as well.
Frazer was the team's leading receiver with 94 yards on four catches. Eddie Russell ran 14 times for 70 yards to lead the Blue Devils in that category.
Marinette Falls to
Marinette tested itself against one of the best teams in the North Eastern Conference on Friday, falling 35-8 to Wrightstown.
Coach Andy Walters didn't view it as a negative that the team had to face the Tigers in game one, however.
"I don't look at that as necessarily a negative for our team. It's good to be put to the test right away," he said. "We saw that there are a lot of things that we need to get better at. There's a lot of things that we had our opportunities in that game, but we did way too much to hurt ourselves against a team that's a really good football team with turnovers in the red zone and not finishing drives and a couple of penalties and things like that, that we need to clean up against good teams like that."
Marinette had a pair of fumbles, an interception and a turnover on downs late in a drive that hurt. The Marines trailed 12-8 and seemed to be hanging in the ballgame in the second quarter, but Wrightstown pulled away for a 35-8 win.
"We were able to move the ball well. We're very close offensively to being able to put points on the board," Walters said.
Defensively, Marinette allowed 35 points, but that could be more of a product of the opponent's ability than poor defense.
"Defensively, that's probably, if not the most, one of the most physical offenses that you're going to see, not only in our conference but any team that we're going to face all year," Walters said. "We were put to the test and hopefully that kind of sets the bar for us of where we need to get to if we want to make the playoffs and make a run in the playoffs."
Running back Sam Drees took 11 carries for 78 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown run. Joe Bezio ran nine times for 50 yards and Matt Wagner had six runs for 42 yards. Wagner went 7-for-9 for 77 yards.
Aside from the interception, Wagner had a good night, Walters said, also praising Drees and Bezio's work.
"I thought Joe Bezio had a good night offensively as well and Matt Wagner had one bad throw, but other than that, I thought he had a nice night as well," he said.
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