Prep football: L-Cats, Eagles, Bluejays win; Warriors, Trojans, Marshfalcons suffer defeats
LAKE MILLS — Adam Moen threw three touchdown passes as Lake Mills held off visiting Mauston, 24-14, in Friday’s football contest.
Moen hit Hunter Buechel for a 92-yard scoring strike before finding Matt Johnson from 45 yards out to break a 7-7 halftime deadlock. Matt Johnson kicked a 28-yard field goal to answer a Mauston score and Luke Pierce, who also picked off a pass, caught a 7-yard scoring toss from Moen.
Lake Mills (2-1) visits Winnebago Lutheran Academy next week. The Golden Eagles fell to 2-1.
LAKE MILLS 24, MAUSTON 14
Mauston 0 7 7 0 — 14
Lake Mills 0 7 10 7 — 24
Yards rushing (att-yds.) 25-120 31-145
Yards passing 152 274
Attempts 28 27
Completions 11 11
Had intercepted 1 2
Total yards 272 419
LM — Buechel 92 from Moen (Mitchell kick)
M — Denton 57 from Hall (Oliver kick)
LM — Johnson 45 from Moen (Mitchell kick)
M — Jirousek 58 run (Oliver kick)
LM — Mitchell 28 FG
LM — Pierce 7 from Moen (Mitchell kick)
LC LUTHERAN 33,
LAKE MILLS — Zander Mueller rushed for three short touchdowns as Lake Country Lutheran pulled away from host Lakeside Lutheran, 33-14, in Friday’s football clash.
The Lightning (3-0), ranked third among small schools by the Associated Press, turned pair of turnovers by the Warriors (2-1) in the first half into touchdowns for a 19-7 lead at halftime. Lakeside quarterback Jack Monis left with an injury early in the second quarter and did not return.
“We were loose with the ball and other times we put it on the carpet even though we didn’t lose it,” Lakeside coach Paul Bauer said. “We have to get a whole lot more secure with the ball.”
Lakeside turned it over on the second play from scrimmage when Carter Buchta lost the handle and LCL’s Nate Schumacher recovered at the Warrior 34. Dane Vance, who finished with 114 yards on 19 carries, took a bubble screen 30 yards to open the scoring just 2:13 into the contest.
Late in the first quarter, the visitors took over at midfield and had a five-play drive capped by a 12-yard TD run by Vance.
Monis would depart on the next possession but Matt Davis came on and finished the 17-play drive, which was aided by the guests jumping offsides on 4th-and-5. Buchta punched it in from a yard out on fourth down and Lakeside got back in the contest.
After Will DeNoyer’s punt return set up the hosts at the LCL 36, Lakeside drove to the Lightning 6 before Jack Leverenz stepped in front of a Davis pass at the goal line and took it out to the 13. After a Ethan Wilkins found Will Brazgel for 44 yards on 2nd-and-12, Mueller capped the drive with 2:08 before the half and a 19-7 edge.
“No doubt that was a big turning play,” Bauer said of the interception. “We were hoping to get three (points) minimum there.”
Davis took in a 2-yard run as Lakeside cut the gap to 19-14 midway through the third quarter. But Mueller tacked on two more TD runs to put the game out of reach.
Wilkins finished his day with 21-for-26 passing covering 234 yards. Caleb Raymond got an interception for the Warriors, who allowed 406 yards.
“They beat us in every phase of the game,” Bauer said. “I’m not happy with the way we played but I’ll be quick to give them all the credit.
“That’s a good team. It’s a good wake-up call for us.”
Lakeside (2-1) hosts Wautoma next Friday.
LAKE COUNTRY LUTHERAN 33,
LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 14
LCL 13 6 6 8 — 33
Team 2 0 7 7 0 — 14
First downs 24 10
Yards rushing (att-yds.) 37-167 26-57
Yards passing 239 96
Attempts 28 22
Completions 22 8
Had intercepted 1 2
Total yards 406 153
Penalties, yards 10-90 4-30
Fumbles, lost 0-0 4-1
LCL — Vance 30 from Wilkins (Schumacher kick)
LCL — Vance 12 run (run failed)
LL — Buchta 1 run (Vater kick)
LCL — Mueller 7 run (run failed)
LL — Davis 2 run (Vater kick)
LCL — Mueller 9 run (pass failed)
LCL — Mueller 1 run (Haertle from Wilkins)
JEFFERSON — Nolan Klawitter and Ryan Brost each rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown as host Jefferson held off Evansville/Albany, 14-13, in Friday’s Rock Valley football thriller.
E/A (0-3 RVC) scored twice in the fourth quarter and went for a potential winning conversion after the second TD but it went awry. Brost carried 19 times for 163 yards including a 56-yard scoring jaunt in the final stanza.
Klawitter rushed 20 times for 116 yards and his 2-yard TD run gave the Eagles (2-1) the first score of the contest. Jefferson visits Brodhead/Juda next week.
JEFFERSON 14, EVANSVILLE/ALBANY 13
E/A 0 0 0 13 — 13
Jefferson 0 7 0 7 — 14
First downs 14 16
Yards rushing 179 264
Yards passing 38 46
Attempts 14 28
Completions 4 15
Had intercepted 1 1
Total yards 217 310
Penalties, yards 6-40 6-55
Fumbles, lost 0-0 1-1
J — Klawitter 2 run (Fairfield kick)
J — Brost 56 run (Fairfield kick)
EA — Obel 13 from Severson (Forster kick)
EA — McAlister 9 from Severson (pass failed)
JOHNSON CREEK 62,
DEERFIELD — Senior fullback Anthony Purpi rushed for two scores and caught a touchdown pass for Johnson Creek in a 62-12 Small Trailways rout over Deerfield on Friday.
Purpi had five carries for 113 yards with scoring runs of 29 and 60 yards. The Bluejays rushed 21 times for 259 yards while holding Deerfield to minus-26 yards on the ground in 17 attempts.
Junior quarterback Justin Swanson completed 6-of-10 passes for 131 yards including scoring passes of 35 yards to senior tight end Lucas Sullivan and 30 yards to Purpi. He also returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and added an interception on defense.
Senior running back Kaleb Hartwig added two TD runs while junior halfback Isaiah Wollett added one for Johnson Creek (3-0, 1-0 in conference), which led 34-0 with eight minutes left in the second quarter. before giving up two scor.
“It was a good team effort again tonight,” Johnson Creek football coach Tim Wagner said. “The kids came ready to play. That was a good win to start the conference season. We were a little sloppy offensively at first, with some offsides penalties but overall, our kids played extremely well.
“Special teams took a step up for us tonight, Purpi ran hard. Our line was solid. Swanson played a great game, not just running and throwing, but managing the game. He does a great job with that.”
Demons quarterback Tyler Haak completed 6-of-18 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown for Deerfield (0-3, 0-1). He also rushed for a score.
Johnson Creek hosts Cambria-Frielsand next Friday.
JOHNSON CREEK 62, DEERFIELD 12
Johnson Creek 27 21 7 7 — 62
Deerfield 0 12 0 0 — 12
First downs 6 7
Yards rushing (att-yds.) 21-259 17-(-26)
Yards passing 131 166
Attempts 10 18
Completions 6 6
Had intercepted 0 1
Total yards 390 140
Penalties, yards 6-45 4-40
Fumbles, lost 0-0 0-0
JC — Budig 19 run (Garza kick)
JC — Sullivan 35 pass from Swanson (kick failed)
JC — Purpi 29 run (Garza kick)
JC — Hartwig 5 run (Garza kick)
JC — Purpi 30 pass from Swanson (Garza kick)
D — Haak 7 run (pass failed)
JC — Purpi 60 run (Garza kick)
D — Klade 30 pass from Haak (pass failed)
JC — Swanson 80 kickoff return (Garza kick)
JC — Hartwig 4 run (Garza kick)
JC — Wollet 1 run (Garza kick)
PALMRYA — As special as Palmyra-Eagle’s passing attack has been this season, it was special teams that pushed the Panthers past Dodgeland in the Large Trailways opener for both teams on Friday.
Cade Fleischman was 5-of-6 on extra points and made a 23-yard field goal, while senior Morgan Carpenter returned the second half kickoff 80 yards for a score as Palmyra-Eagle outlasted Dodgeland 44-41.
Palmyra-Eagle (3-0, 1-0 in conference) took the lead for good in a back-and-forth contest on junior quarterback Brandon Wilde’s 21-yard TD pass to Josh Krystosek with 11 minutes, 7 seconds left in regulation to make it 37-34. Owen Butenhoff scored from 1 yard out to push the Panthers lead to 10 points with 9:41 to play.
Dodgeland (2-1, 0-1) made it a three-point game with 4:19 to go on junior running back Nate Oestreich’s third touchdown of the night from 1 yard out, but the Panthers held on for the win.
“I was surprised we were able to put that many points on the board to keep it close, to tell you the truth,” Dodgeland football coach Doug Miller said.
“We did some things that are not my norm. We just kept hanging around and playing hard. We came in shorthanded and we get three kids back that would have started tonight that are back next week. The kids we had played a lot of minutes and played really hard. They have a very good team. I’m not taking anything away from them. They do a nice job.”
Wilde entered the game leading the state in passing yardage and completed 16-of-25 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions to Dodgeland junior defensive back Seth Christopherson.
Butenhoff led the Panthers on the ground with 19 carries for 122 yards and two scores, Fleischman added nine carries for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Dodgeland narrowly outgained Palmyra-Eagle 417-416.
Junior quarterback Tye Bader completed 13-of-22 passes for 198 yards and two scores, with one interception. Oestreich had 31 carries for 117 yards and two scores, while senior running back Peter Mountin had 10 carries for 58 yards and two TDs.
Senior receiver Zach Yuenger had seven catches for 137 yards, including a 16-yard TD receptions with a minute to go before halftime which allowed the Trojans to take a 21-17 lead into the break.
But Carpenter put P-E back in front with the kick return to start the second half and Fleischman scored from 5 yards out with 7:09 left in the third to put the Panthers up 30-21.
Dodgeland regained the lead one final time on short TD runs by Mountin and Oestreich to go up 34-30 with 11:47 remaining before the Panthers took the lead for good.
“We had kids make plays,” Miller said. “Yuenger made some really tough catches and broke some tackles. Oestreich and Mountin ran hard. Seth had three interceptions. Bader had pressure a few times and had passes go just off the fingertips.
“Our line, we had guys going both ways, trying to put a pass rush on every time. They hit short passes and we missed tackles and they turned it into big plays or touchdowns in the third quarter.
“Except for the final result, we saw a lot of good things. We’ll just respond and go on to the next one. If we take care of ourselves, there are a lot of good teams in this league and a lot of fun games to play yet and fun ones to watch.”
Dodgeland travels to face Markesan next Friday.
Palmyra-Eagle 44, Dodgeland 41
Dodgeland 7 14 6 14 — 41
Palmyra-Eagle 10 7 13 14 — 44
First downs 25 21
By rush 15 11
By pass 7 10
By penalty 3 0
Yards rushing (att-yds.) 48-219 34-197
Yards passing 198 219
Attempts 23 25
Completions 13 16
Had intercepted 2 3
Total yards 417 416
Penalties, yards 5-30 6-60
Fumbles, lost 2-2 1-1
D — Oestreich 27 pass from Bader (Benzing kick)
PE — Fleischman 23 FG
PE — Hammond 27 pass form Wilde (Fleischman kick)
PE — Butenhoff 11 run (Fleischman kick)
D — Mountin 2 run (Benzing kick)
D — Yuenger 16 pass from Bader (Benzing kick)
PE — Carpenter 90 kickoff return (Fleischman kick)
PE — Fleischman 5 run (kick failed)
D — Mountin 2 run (kick blocked)
D — Oestreich 3 run (Benzing kick)
PE — Krystosek 21 pass from Wilde (Fleischman kick)
PE — Butenhoff 1 run (Fleischman kick)
D — Oestreich 1 run (Benzing kick)
CAMBRIDGE — Senior quarterback Denver Evans threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score for Cambridge in a 30-13 nonconference football win over Horicon/Hustisford on Friday.
Horicon/Hustisford (2-1) struck first when senior running back CJ Brooks hit senior receiver Justin Kuehl on a halfback option pass for an 80-yard touchdown just 14 seconds into the game.
Cambridge (3-0) pulled even with 11 minutes left in the half on a 2-yard scoop and score. The Blue Jays outscored the Marshfalcons 30-0 over the middle two quarters, which Evans throwing TD passes of 8 and 29 yards to senior receiver Rudy Hommen before running one in from 11 yards out. Ben Incha added a 27-yard field goal to make it 30-7 with 6:16 left in the third quarter.
Cambridge dominated up front, outgaining Horicon/Husty 280-171. Marshfalcons junior quarterback Dylan Schmitt had more yards rushing (10 carries, 29 yards) than passing (2-of-10 for 13 yards), while Brooks was held to 18 yards on nine carries. Caleb Gavin scored on a 1-yard TD run with one minute left in regulation.
“We knew coming in they were going to be good,” Horicon/Hustisford football coach Shannon Mueller said. “They are strong. They hit the weights hard in the off-season. Obviously, those boys found the weight room. Their defensive line and linebacking crew manhandled our front five on offense.
“We started out nice … got a touchdown. We stopped them on defense, and drove down the field, then had a horrible snap and took a big loss and a penalty. It went sideways from there. We gave them short fields, 30 or 40 yard line for their average starting field position most of the night.
“We couldn’t get anything going offensively tonight. Give them credit. They are very well coached and well organized. They have a lot of good athletes on a senior dominated team and they showed it tonight. It’s a great wake-up call for our kids.”
Horicon/Hustisford opens the Large Trailways slate in Hustisford against Palmyra-Eagle next Friday. The Panthers knocked off Dodgeland 44-41 in their season opener.
Hor./Husty 7 0 0 6 — 13
Cambridge 0 13 14 3 — 30
First downs 8 17
By rush 6 8
By pass 2 8
By penalty 0 1
Yards rushing (att-yds.) 35-78 30-108
Yards passing 93 172
Attempts 11 18
Completions 3 13
Had intercepted 2 0
Total yards 171 280
Penalties, yards 4-35 2-10
Fumbles, lost 1-1 0-0
HH — Kuehl 80 pass from Brooks (Spoerl kick)
C — 2 yard fumble return (Stein kick)
C — Hommen 8 pass from Evans (kick blocked)
C — Hommen 29 pass from Evans (Incha kick)
C — Evans 11 run (Incha kick)
C — Incha 27 FG
HH — Gavin 1 run (kick blocked)