Eagles Survive Tigers Rally For Tight 28-26 Win

Rivalry games don’t get much better than Friday’s showdown between Gillett and Suring.
The two schools, which know each other very well, battled for nearly the full 48 minutes before it came down to a two-point conversion with just 10 seconds to play.
The two teams traded blows until it was 14-14 in the second quarter. Ashtyn Edwards scored an 80-yard touchdown run with 46 seconds to go in the half to give the Eagles a touchdown advantage at halftime.
On the first Suring drive of the second half, Trent VanDenElzen scored to give his team a 28-14 lead after the two-point conversion.
Before the Eagles even had a chance to kill off the game, however, Brandon DeBauch caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Jesse DeBauch to cut the lead to 28-20.
In the final minute of the game, both teams turned the ball over on fumbles. With 59 seconds to go, the Tigers fumbled, but Suring gave it back with 21 seconds to go deep in their own territory.
Mere seconds later, Brandon DeBauch was in the end zone on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Jesse DeBauch.
The two-point conversion, an attempted pass from Jesse DeBauch to Aydin Franti, fell incomplete, however, and Suring escaped with the win.
“The way the game was going the whole night, we had every opportunity to close it out, and we just shot ourselves in the foot I don’t know how many times tonight,” Suring coach Mitch Taylor said. “Give Gillett credit. They didn’t quit either. They came back and made some plays when they needed to make plays. Just fortunate for us, we made the last play. That’s really what it came down to.”
Jesse DeBauch was 21-31 passing for 336 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. Brandon DeBauch had a monster day, catching 12 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns.
It was a disappointing ending to the game, but the Tigers can take a lot of positives from it. They just have to get over the hump like they did when they ended a 19-year losing streak against Wausaukee earlier this season in overtime, 52-50.
“We’re close. It’s a gritty way to finish a game. We went 99 yards at the end, we made a red-zone stop. This is a team that has not found a lot of ways to win games over the end. We hit one play at the end, it’s going to overtime, and who knows what happens. We’ve already got one in overtime this year,” Gillett coach Justin Daul said. “We’re playing teams tough, we’re throwing the ball around. I’m proud of our guys. We’ve got a sophomore quarterback, and we don’t have a senior out there except for Colton Sturm, who’s really leading the team offensively, so to be doing what we’re doing, I’m proud of our guys.”
Sturm ran eight times for 45 yards. Jackson Pecha took eight carries for 56 yards.
While Gillett found its success through the air, Suring excelled on the ground. Keegan Rattin ran 18 times for 157 yards and a touchdown, Edwards carried five times for 109 yards and a touchdown, and Seth Scrivens scored once on an 11-rush, 55-yard day.
VanDenElzen scored a short third-quarter touchdown. Defensively, he had 14 total tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception.
The win got Suring in the win column after two extremely tough games to start the season against Lena/Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy and Gibraltar.
The Eagles (1-2) have a rematch with Lena/STAA (3-0) coming up on Friday, this one being on the road.
Gillett (1-2) plays its toughest stretch of the season in the next few weeks. It starts with Algoma (2-1) this week at home before they head to Gibraltar, host Wausaukee, and host Lena/STAA on Oct. 7.
“It doesn’t get any easier, but these guys are growing and progressing,” Daul said. “We’re hoping we’re going to find one and steal one from one of those guys like Suring stole one from us.”
Bulldogs Can’t
Overcome Turnovers
in Shutout Loss
to Indians

Three turnovers deep in Mishicot territory on Peshtigo’s first three drives of Friday’s 16-0 loss proved to be too much for the Bulldog offense to overcome.
The Bulldogs had just 92 yards of total offense in the game, but they were able to push their first three drives deep into Mishicot territory.
On Peshtigo’s first drive of the game, the Bulldogs got the ball all the way to Mishicot’s four-yard line before a costly fumble gave it away.
After a defensive stop, an interception in the end zone halted the Bulldogs’ next offensive drive. Again, the Peshtigo defense held firm and Peshtigo would get to Mishicot’s 23 before another interception with seven minutes to play in the first half.
Peshtigo’s defense didn’t let up, forcing another three-and-out. After a turnover on downs by Peshtigo, Mishicot got the ball at the 50 with 2:30 left in the first half and the game tied at 0. They moved the ball down to Peshtigo’s four, but a sack forced a fourth down and the Mishicot kicker missed a 16-yard field goal as the first half clock hit zeroes.
Mishicot finally broke the deadlock in the third quarter with a 37-yard pass setting up a short touchdown run by Logan Marquardt. After a Bulldog turnover on downs, Marquardt scored his second touchdown. With both two-point conversions successful, it was 16-0.
The Bulldogs weren’t able to score any points to get back into the game and it finished 16-0.
Ultimately, the first turnover may have been the biggest one.
“We’re inside the five-yard line. We punch it in and it’s a different ballgame,” Peshtigo coach Jeff Bayerl said. “You can play from ahead, but you can’t play from behind with the amount of kids that we had hurt tonight and all kinds of stuff like that.”
Trevor Marquardt ran 12 times for 73 yards for Peshtigo. Defensively, he had 3 solo tackles, tied with Ethan Brissette for the team-high. Kavin Kleikamp had two tackles for loss.
Despite the loss, Peshtigo’s defense was stout, holding Mishicot to 167 total yards.
“Defense played great. You can’t ask more of them,” Bayerl said. “They were on the field all night. It’s hard when the defense plays all night and they get tired and can’t play on offense. We’ve got too many kids going both ways.”
Peshtigo (0-4) hosts Sturgeon Bay on Friday night. The Clippers are back in 11-man football after a few years playing eight-man. The last time the two schools faced off was 2018, a 43-8 Peshtigo win powered by three passing touchdowns from Nick Nielson.
The Clippers changed coaches since then, with Carl Waterstreet taking over for the 2022 season.
The Bulldogs will watch film and try to prepare themselves for a revamped Sturgeon Bay team that’s 2-2 following a 49-27 win over Marinette on Friday.
“It will be interesting to see what they bring here,” Bayerl said.
Titans Shutout Pioneers
to Stay Undefeated

Lena/Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy has still yet to allow a point this football season after steamrolling Sevastopol 36-0 on Friday night.
The Titans started the game with an eight-play, 76-yard opening drive that culminated in a Sam Marquardt touchdown run of nine yards. They led 6-0 after a failed two-point conversion.
That lead stood for about 10 minutes before Marquardt doubled the lead on a one-yard touchdown with 9:29 to go in the second quarter. Logan Graef punched in the two-point conversion then scored the Titans’ third touchdown of the game five minutes later.
Lena/STAA quickly got a defensive stop then took over with 2:25 to go in the half. Five plays and 80 yards later, Marquardt was in the end zone again for his third touchdown of the day, a 17-yard scamper.
Graef finished off the two-pointer and the Titans took a 28-0 lead into the break.
“We came out clicking on all cylinders,” Titans coach Dale Lange said. “The offense moved the ball well, we used several running backs to move the ball and blocked for each other. Our line blocking was the best it has been in years.”
The only scoring of the second half was a 25-yard touchdown run by Marquardt with 5:38 to go in the third quarter and a subsequent pass to Mason Sobeck for the two-point conversion.
Marquardt ran 20 times for 132 yards and four touchdowns and Graef carried nine times for 98 yards and one touchdown. Both players had more offensive yards alone than the entire Sevastopol team did.
The Pioneers finished with 44 rushing yards and 35 passing yards in the game. Frankie de Young, who finished with 220 passing yards and two touchdowns against Gillett last week, was held to 4-8 passing for 35 yards. Cesar Sandovol, who ran 13 times for 152 yards and two scores against the Tigers, managed just 35 yards on seven carries.
“Our defense shut them down on the run and gave up very little yardage on the pass,” Lange said. “We knew we had to shut down their passing game and we did just that. They are a good team with a lot of seniors, but we took control of the game.”
Lena/STAA welcomes Suring (1-2) to Lena for a second go-around Friday night. When the two teams met in Suring on Aug. 25, the Titans were victorious, 35-0.
Smith’s Overtime
Run Pushes Wausaukee
Past Oneida/NEW

A 25-yard overtime touchdown run by Luke Smith pushed the Wausaukee Rangers past Oneida Nation/NEW Lutheran on Friday night.
Wausaukee led 20-14 at halftime, though it could have been more if not for a few huge plays by Oneida Nation/NEW’s Bryce Liebzeit.
He recovered a fumble for a touchdown in the first quarter then ran 66 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter to tie the game at 14 just 17 seconds after Wausaukee had taken the lead on a 47-yard rush by Prestin Brunette.
Liebzeit’s second touchdown came with 4:03 left on the clock in the first half. Wausaukee moved down the field and scored on a nine-yard touchdown reception by Nathan Shaw to lead at halftime.
That 20-14 lead held until there was just 1:21 left in the second half, when Evander Danforth scored on an eight-yard run. The Rangers were able to stuff the go-ahead two-point try, but the game went to overtime.
Smith played hero in overtime, capping off a 36-carry, 196-yard rushing performance with a touchdown.
He was also 10-19 passing for 104 yards and two passing touchdowns: one to Shaw and the other to Connor Schroeder.
Wausaukee (1-2) faces a tough Gibraltar team this week that’s currently 3-0 after three lopsided wins to start the season. That game kicks off in Door County at 7 p.m. Friday night.
Wolverines Stop
Truckers Rally
Hold On For 23-18 Win

The Crivitz Wolverines narrowly held off a Clintonville rally in a 23-18 victory on Friday.
Crivitz led 23-6 at halftime after three touchdown runs by Dillan Gehm and a Stephen Allard field goal.
In the second half, the Truckers started to make some progress, with Kade Rosenow throwing two touchdowns in the third quarter to cut the lead to five, 23-18.
After a stalled drive by Crivitz, the Wolverine defense held firm to force a three-and-out.
Gehm and Karson Bins carried the ball for eight of the Wolverines’ 10 plays on their next drive to eat some clock, but the drive stalled out when Cashton Mertens was sacked at the Truckers’ 45 on fourth down with 2:37 to play.
The Wolverines needed one more stop, and three plays later, Bins provided it, intercepting a pass at his own 21 to seal the win.
Gehm ran 30 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns. Sean Christiansen carried seven times for 64 yards, Tegan Werner took seven carries for 72 yards, and Bins ran 11 times for 46 yards.
The Wolverines (2-2) travel to Crandon (3-1) this week. The Cardinals are on a three-game win streak after losing their season opener.
Cougars Throw a Party
in Pardeeville Bag
Bulldogs 52-6

Coleman ran for 565 yards in a 52-6 walloping of Pardeeville on Friday.
Owen Kinziger ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns, Will Bieber carried 10 times for 154 yards, and Peter Kuchta ran 10 times for 143 yards and a score.
Brady Gross scored twice on a five-carry, 61-yard day, and Braxton Darga punched in a fourth-quarter touchdown from a yard out.
Dylan VanErmen had nine total tackles to lead Coleman. Kinziger had seven.
The Bulldogs started 11 sophomores in the game.
“They are young,” Coleman coach Jeff Bronson said. “We can relate, as our first year in the Packerland, we started no seniors. Those sophomores that played were seniors when we lost the Level 3 Game at Abbotsford. Their work set the tone for where we currently stand.”
The game was a non-conference affair in place of Coleman’s cancelled meeting with Menominee Indian. The Cougars get back to Northwoods Conference action with a home game against Northland Pines on Friday.
Northland Pines is 1-3 and coming off a 52-10 loss to Oconto Falls.
Badgers Blitzed by
Almond-Bancroft 50-6

Niagara was beaten 50-6 by Almond-Bancroft on Friday night.
Logan Weber threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Aiden Colenso for the Badgers’ six points.
Colenso also had a defensive interception. Christian Hedmark had eight tackles and forced two fumbles.
Niagara (1-2) begins Northern Border Conference play next week against White Lake/Elcho (2-1).
Powerful Storm
Hands Blue
Devils Their First Loss

Kewaunee remained undefeated in Packerland Conference play on Friday, handing previously undefeated Oconto its first loss, 49-0.
All 49 points were scored in the first half.
Oconto’s leading rusher was Kyle Bowman, who went for 78 yards on 18 carries. Dominic Caylor carried six times for 31 yards.
In total, the Blue Devils finished with 115 yards rushing and seven passing yards.
Oconto (3-1 overall, 1-1 Packerland) travels to Mishicot on Friday night. Mishicot (2-2) is coming off a 16-0 win over Peshtigo last week.
Panthers Pound Eagles
With High Powered
Ground Game

Five Oconto Falls runners combined to score seven rushing touchdowns in a 52-10 win over Northland Pines on Friday.
The Panthers opened up a 24-0 lead after one quarter and scored 14 more points before halftime to lead 38-0. They scored first in the third on a 36-yard run by Isaac Bramer before Northland Pines finally got on the board.
After one more touchdown by the Panthers and a NP field goal, the game ended 52-10.
Oconto Falls ran for 423 yards on the ground on 41 attempts. The Panthers attempted just two passes.
Alex Haines led the team with 125 yards on 14 carries, including two touchdowns. Both came in the first quarter on runs of nine and 29 yards.
Bramer scored twice on five carries for 80 yards, Wyatt Laughrin ran seven times for 91 yards and a touchdown, and Braden Vandermoss scored on his lone carry of the game, a 25-yard run in the second quarter.
Hunter Bozile’s three-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter provided the final six points for the Panthers. Trent Blazek and Jacob Sconzert had 43 and 22 yards, respectively.
Vandermoss had an interception on the defensive side of the ball. Cole Bozile’s four tackles were a Panther-best.
Oconto Falls improved to 3-2 on the season with a win, including a forfeit win over Menominee Indian last week.
The Panthers travel to Tomahawk this Friday. The Hatchets were 3-0 before a 38-0 loss at the hands of Crandon in week four.
Maroons Can’t
Stop Gladstones
Ground Game in
28-6 Loss

Cole Potier’s 206 rushing yards and three touchdowns propelled Gladstone to a 28-6 win over Menominee on Friday night.
Potier’s big day accounted for over two-thirds of his team’s total offense. He also caught a pass to total 222 yards of his team’s 311.
Menominee had 229 yards of offense.
Trevor Theuerkauf was 12-23 passing for 112 yards and two interceptions, also running 11 times for 78 yards. Landan Bardowski scored the team’s one touchdown on a goal-line run.
Menominee (1-2 overall, 1-1 conference) faces Escanaba on the road on Friday. Escanaba is also 1-2 following a 33-30 win over Petoskey last week.
Marines Can’t Stop
Clippers in Second
Half Fall 49-27

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers exploded for 29 points in the second half of a 49-27 win over Marinette on Friday.
Marinette took a first-quarter lead on a short touchdown run by Leahland Bertrand.
After the Clippers scored two in the second to take a 12-7 lead, Marinette responded. Ethan Doubek scored on a one-yard touchdown run and then found Logan Paris for another on a 46-yard catch and run. That gave Marinette a 21-12 lead.
A 60-yard pass cut the lead to just a point at the halftime break, and the Clippers scored in bunches in the second half. After two touchdowns, they led 35-21.
Following the second touchdown, both teams experienced special teams success and problems in rapid succession. Paris returned a kickoff 68 yards for a Marine touchdown and cut the lead to 35-27, but the Clippers then took the ensuing kickoff 70 yards to cancel out Paris’s progress.
A touchdown and a safety put the game out of reach late.
Doubek threw for 80 yards and a touchdown, but Marinette passers also threw for five interceptions in the game.
Doubek ran 20 times for 87 yards and a touchdown. Bertrand carried 19 times for 80 yards and a score, and Lyric Anthony ran four times for 42 yards.  Paris led the team with five tackles and caught two passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Marinette (1-3) hosts Southern Door on Friday night. The Eagles are 4-0, outscoring opponents 121-18 on the year so far.

 

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