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Issue Date: October 21, 2021

Area Football

Coleman wrapped up its undefeated season with a 58-0 win over Menominee Indian on Friday.

Coleman had some early passing success, with Noah Nosgovitz finding Tieg Sadowski for two touchdown passes in the first quarter. He would only throw the ball three times in the game, with the 19 and 29-yard touchdowns his only two completions.

Owen Kinziger also ran for a 23-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a six-yarder in the second that made it 38-0.

Nosgovitz, Braxton Darga and Trent Mongin also scored on rushing touchdowns. Micah Kuchta was the fifth different Cougar to score a rushing touchdown when he raced in from 12 yards out in the fifth quarter.

Kinziger ran the ball 10 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns and Will Bieber ran six times for 103 yards.

"It was very workmanlike," Coleman coach Jeff Bronson said of his offense. "We got some early action out of our passing game, and Owen is Owen. At fullback he played very well again. Our defense, we made plays where we needed to."

Bieber also intercepted two passes on the defensive side of the ball and Brady Gross made two touchdown-saving effort plays.

"That's something you can put on film and say "this is why you never give up on plays.' He saved two touchdowns tonight," Bronson said. "He's a sophomore, so that's the best part about it."

The Cougars finished the season 9-0 in live games with two forfeit wins as well.

The Cougars are a No. 2 seed in Division 7. They host New Lisbon at 7 p.m. on Friday.

New Lisbon finished the season 6-3, finishing the season on a two-game win streak, with a 42-38 victory over Necedah on Friday.

The winner faces either No. 3 Pacelli or No. 6 Assumption. Hurley is the top seed in the regional, having also gone 9-0 in live matchups with two forfeit victories.



Bulldogs End Forfeit

Riddled Season with

Loss to Bonduel

The 2021 football season did not go the way Peshtigo would have hoped, with the Bulldogs playing just their second game since Sept. 3 on Friday, a 34-0 loss to Bonduel.

After a 1-2 start to the season, Peshtigo had five conference games called off, playing just a 42-0 non-conference loss to Lourdes Academy since then. The team also lost five weeks of practice.

Peshtigo got in its season finale against Bonduel, but was unprepared for Bonduel's physicality. Bonduel dominated at the line of scrimmage and ran the ball successfully against an out-of-shape Peshtigo squad.

"When you get to the end of the season, you're supposed to be in game shape. We're woefully out of shape, and it showed tonight," Peshtigo coach Jeff Bayerl said. "We got run over by a very good football team, and coach Westrich just told me this is the best they've played all year."

Bonduel ran for 239 yards and threw for 108. They got on the board with a touchdown run from Bennett Engel and built the lead to 26-0 by half with two more touchdown runs by Engel and one by Noah Weier. Louis Hrabik scored in the fourth quarter to put the finishing touches on the Bears' win.

"The last couple weeks, we've been getting better. We've got a lot of new starters on the team and they were getting closer, but we just weren't putting it all together," Bonduel coach James Westrich said. "I think tonight it started to click, we started to put things together and finish, and it was a good win."

Peshtigo couldn't get anything going offensively, finishing the game with just 142 yards of total offense. Trevor Marquardt led the team with 54 yards on four rushes, but the rest of the team posted 63 yards on 30 carries, just over two yards per attempt.

"They do what we wish we could do. We're supposed to be them. We're supposed to run the ball like that, it's just that we were so woefully out of shape and weak," Bayerl said. "It just hurts to lose all those weeks of practice and all those games. I'm very disappointed with how the season went, but we've got a bright future."

Bayerl hopes to have about 38 kids out for high school football next season. Currently, the program has 15 freshmen and probably between eight and 10 eighth graders, he said.

The Bulldogs will lose seven seniors: Ethan Potkay, Will Boettcher, Trevor Walters, Darius Sechen, Braeden Overman, Aidan VanDeLaarschot and Adam Reiswitz.

"It was refreshing to see them do their best all year long," Bayerl said. "We never quit and I can't be more proud of our kids, it's just that we had a rough season."

Bonduel earned the No. 7 seed in the Division 6 playoffs, heading to Markesan for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday.

There was talk about Marinette and Peshtigo facing off for an exhibition game next week after both teams missed the playoffs, but that game will not be taking place. The Bulldogs are done, Bayerl said.

"It wouldn't do our program any good to go to Marinette and get manhandled by their offensive line," Bayerl said. "They're one of the better 0-8 teams out there because they pummel you. They would've just pummeled us, so I couldn't see putting our kids through that."



Wolverines Whip

Cardinals To End

Regular Season


After Crandon scored the first points of its season finale with Crivitz on Friday, the Wolverines answered with five unanswered touchdowns and came away with a 39-24 win.

Crandon's opener came after a 12-play, 50-yard drive, with Brett Palubicki punching in from two yards out. Crandon completed the two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead.

Crivitz immediately countered, with a five-play, 72-yard touchdown drive finalizing in a Dillan Gehm touchdown run and an 8-6 score.

The rest of the first half was the Tegan Werner show. After the Wolverines forced a turnover on downs at Crandon's 32, Werner scored on the first play of the Wolverines' next drive, a 32-yard rushing touchdown.

After two stalled drives by each team, Crandon got some momentum going right before the half.

The Cardinals intercepted a pass with 1:03 left in the half. After a nine-play, 47-yard drive, they were sitting at the Wolverines' 28 yard line with five seconds to go before the break.

Logan Gretzinger lobbed a pass to the end zone, which Werner intercepted and raced back for a touchdown with no time remaining on the clock. Crivitz led 20-6 after a missed extra point.

The Wolverines got the ball to start the half, but their first drive stalled out. They then forced a punt and Sean Christensen made Crandon pay with a 46-yard touchdown run.

Crandon scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth, but sandwiched between them was a Werner touchdown scamper from 45 yards out with less than five minutes left to put the game to bed.

Crivitz finished the game with 395 yards, all of which came on the ground.

Gehm had 129 of those yards on 14 carries with a touchdown, Werner ran six times for 120 yards and two touchdowns and Christensen ran six times for 87 yards and two touchdowns. Mertens took five carries for 66 yards.

Crandon finished with 285 yards, but it took 73 attempts to do so.

On defense, Gehm, Karson Bins and TJ Mueller each had seven solo tackles.

Crivitz ended the season 6-3 with one forfeit victory. The Wolverines earned a No. 5 seed in the Division 6 playoffs, and will face No. 4 Abbotsford on the road at 7 p.m. Friday.

Abbotsford is 4-3 in live games. Abbotsford ended the season on a three-game losing streak in live matchups, which was also heavily impacted by schedule changes stemming from cancelled games with Athens on Sept. 10, Colby on Sept. 17, Oconto and Thorp on Oct. 1 and Owen-Withee on Oct. 15.

With a win, Crivitz would face No. 1 Colby or No. 8 Oconto. Colby will enter that game as the favorite, having suffered just one loss on the season.



Maroons Struggles

With NEC, Team

Continues Fall

to Mustangs 15-6


The Menominee Maroons continued their struggles against Fox Valley opponents in a 15-6 loss to Little Chute on Friday.

Menominee is 3-0 in Great Northern Conference play, with the GNC finale on Friday against Kingsford.

Menominee (5-3 overall) also started the season with wins against Marinette and Kewaunee, but over the last month, Marinette dropped games to Freedom by a 28-7 score, Denmark by a 41-7 tally and now 15-6 to Little Chute.

The Maroons couldn't get much going offensively against a stout Mustang defense this week.

Little Chute held a 6-0 lead at the half after a second-quarter touchdown, scoring again early in the third to take a 12-0 lead.

Menominee's only points came from a long touchdown pass from Trevor Theuerkauf to Aidan Bellisle late in the third quarter, but a Mustang field goal was all that would be scored for the remainder of the game.

Menominee takes on Kingsford on Friday at 7 p.m. with a chance to take sole possession of the GNC championship. The Maroons have clinched at least a share of the title.



Bulldogs Quick

Start Sinks Marines

in Season Finale


Marinette will end the 2021 football regular season without the taste of victory, as the Marines fell 44-20 to New London on Friday.

The Bulldogs came out swinging in search of their second win of the season.

By the end of the first quarter, New London had taken a 16-0 lead. The Bulldogs also scored the first touchdown of the second quarter to take a 24-0 lead.

Adam Lemery got the Marines on the board before halftime, but Payton Ludick tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to give his New London team a 32-6 advantage before halftime.

Lemery would catch a 41-yard touchdown pass from Brett Whiting in the fourth quarter and Logan Paris scored a touchdown on his only rushing attempt, but New London scored two more touchdowns in the second half as well.

Lemery ran 14 times for 87 yards and a touchdown, caught a 41-yard touchdown pass and finished 5-for-11 passing for 78 yards and two interceptions in his final game for the Marines.

Whiting's 41-yard strike to Lemery was his only pass of the game. He also caught four passes for 68 yards.

For New London, Ludick was 10-for-15 passing for 162 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. On the defensive side of the ball, Ludick and Owen Batten each intercepted passes from Lemery.

In total, New London posted 368 yards on 63 plays. The Bulldogs would convert both of their fourth-down conversions and six of 11 third-down conversions.

There had been talk of Marinette and Peshtigo playing an exhibition game, but that game will not be taking place, Peshtigo coach Jeff Bayerl confirmed after last week's game.



Truckers Rally Past

Blue Devils With 18

Second Half Points


Clintonville scored three unanswered touchdowns to defeat Oconto 18-14 in the regular season finale on Friday.

Oconto led 14-0 after three quarters on a 37-yard touchdown run by Kyle Bowman and a 50-yard touchdown run by Riley Anderson.

With 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Clintonville got on the board with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Braiden Behnke to Drake Lorge. After a two-point conversion failed, Oconto led 14-6.

Four minutes later, Clintonville scored another touchdown, this time on a pass from Behnke to Cole Rosenow. The Truckers once again failed the two-pointer, so Oconto held on to a lead with six minutes to play, 14-12.

It didn't take long for Clintonville to take its first lead of the game, doing so on a 43-yard touchdown run by Behnke.

Oconto couldn't find the end zone in the final minutes and the Truckers escaped with an 18-14 win.

Behnke finished the game with 40 passes, completing 23 for 271 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran 14 times for 32 yards and a score.

For Oconto, Bowman ran 17 times for 78 yards and a touchdown, while Anderson took his 13 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown.

The Truckers picked off two passes and Oconto intercepted one, with Drew Reinhardt picking off a Behnke pass for the Blue Devils.

Clintonville is the No. 8 seed in its Division 5 bracket and faces No. 1 Amherst on Friday. Oconto is the No. 8 seed in its Division 6 bracket and goes on the road to face No. 1 Colby at 7 p.m. Friday.

Colby has lost just one game on the season. The Hornets are 7-1 in live games and have picked up a couple forfeit victories as well.

The teams' only common opponent is Southern Door. Oconto lost 18-12 to Southern Door on Oct. 8, while the Hornets were victorious by a 52-7 tally on Sept. 3.

Thomson Rushes for

230 Yards in Panthers

Win Over Hatchets


Oconto Falls picked up a 38-23 win over Tomahawk to enter the post season on a high note.

Dylan Thomson ran for 230 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries. Skyler Dalton and Noah Hirst ran for a touchdown apiece as well.

Tomahawk led 9-8 after one quarter, but Oconto Falls outscored the Hatchets 14-0 in the second quarter and 8-0 in the third and held off Tomahawk in the fourth.

The Panthers made life difficult for Tomahawk quarterback TJ Jablonski through the air, as he finished 7-for-18 for 73 yards and three interceptions


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