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Coleman Beats Top Seed Hurley, Moves to Level 4

Issue Date: November 9, 2021

The Coleman Cougars are one of the final four teams left vying for the Division 7 football crown after dismantling the top-seeded Hurley North Stars by a 36-6 score on Friday.

Neither team scored in the first quarter. Coleman moved the ball but couldn't find the end zone. That trend held for most of the second quarter as well, but Coleman finally broke the deadlock with 1:33 to play in the half courtesy of Peter Kuchta, who barged in for a three-yard touchdown.

Just over a minute later, Hurley fumbled and gave Coleman the ball with 20 seconds to play in the half. That was plenty of time for the Cougars. Kuchta was in the end zone 13 seconds later with a 25-yard touchdown catch from Noah Nosgovitz.

Early in the third quarter, Coleman kept the momentum going with Kuchta once again. This time, it was his defensive talents making the difference, as he intercepted an Ayden Leinon pass and returned it to the house for a 20-0 Cougars lead.

Two Noah Nosgovitz rushing touchdowns, one for eight yards in the third quarter and another for 30 yards in the fourth, put the game away.

Kuchta found himself in the end zone three times to give Coleman a 20-0 lead, but he wouldn't give himself the credit.

"All defensive and offensive line. Without them, we wouldn't have won this game. They're in the trenches and that's where the game was won. The big fellas had a good game," Kuchta said. "I wouldn't say it was me. These guys are good. They're fun to play with."

Kuchta finished the game with 80 yards rushing on five carries, a 25-yard touchdown catch, seven tackles and the pick-six.

His humility was no surprise to his coach.

"That doesn't surprise me with Peter. Our running backs are very unselfish, and they'll never take credit for anything they do themselves. Owen [Kinziger] had a great first quarter even though it looked like we didn't get much out of it. His first-quarter set up everything else with the offense," Coleman coach Jeff Bronson said. "The line played very well because this was a big defensive front and a very good linebacking core with [Tony Cummings] and [Ryder Colassaco], so the fact that we ran the ball does show that our line did something very well today."

Kinziger ran the ball 11 times for 107 yards, Trent Mongin ran eight times for 50 and Nosgovitz took six carries for 40 yards and two scores. Will Bieber's six tries went for 28 yards. Bieber scored a pair of two-point conversions.

Hurley was a No. 1 seed in the bracket, having gone undefeated in the regular season. Beating them by 30 points was no small feat for the Cougars.

"They're a very good ballclub. There's a reason why they're undefeated. We did some nice things in the first quarter, we just didn't finish drives, so it was nice when we finally got in the end zone. I think we relaxed a little bit more and then we realized that we can continue doing the things that got us down there earlier in the game," Bronson said. "I'm just happy for our kids. We've been to level three a few times and it seems to trip us up. This is the second time we've got through it, so it's exciting. It definitely is exciting and I'm really happy for our kids."

The schedule doesn't get any easier with just the four teams left in the division. Next up for Coleman, it's No. 1 Regis on Friday, with kick set for 7 p.m. at DC Everest High School, located in Weston.

Regis is undefeated and coming off a 28-13 win over No. 2 seed Spring Valley last week.

Like Coleman, Regis has a balanced rushing attack and stout defense.

Eight different players have scored a rushing touchdown on the season. Quarterback Kendon Krogman has also thrown 15 touchdowns.

The Ramblers have intercepted 15 passes this season and allowed just 11 points per game.

The Cougars have allowed less than seven points per game, so it could be a scrappy game with a state berth on the line.

The winner will face either Cashton or Reedsville at state.




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