Titans Edged by Vikings in First Place Showdown

Lena/STAA Battles in
First Loss of the Season

Gibraltar handed the Lena/Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy Titans their first loss of the season in dramatic fashion on Friday, 54-50.
Lena/STAA came out hot, with Sam Marquardt scoring two touchdowns in the first eight minutes to take a 14-0 lead. The first came five minutes into the game from four yards away and the second was three minutes later on a 56-yard burst.
One minute after Marquardt’s second, Gibraltar’s Braden Sitte caught a 57-yard pass from Braden Kita to cut the lead in half.
To continue the offensive affair, it took the Titans just 19 seconds to answer, as Ty Shallow broke free for a 51-yard touchdown.
With 9:44 left in the second quarter, the lead ballooned to 30-7 on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Marquardt to Ethan Braley. But that’s when the Titans seemed to take their foot off the gas just ever so slightly.
The Kita-to-Sitte connection struck 12 seconds later for a 58-yard touchdown, and the Vikings ended up scoring three more second-quarter touchdowns, including a Kita-to-Sitte touchdown pass as the first-half clock struck zeroes that gave the Vikings their first lead of the game, 33-30.
“We let them back in. We set up in the first quarter. They made mistakes, we took advantage of them,” Titans coach Dale Lange said. “Second quarter, they came back. We did some dumb things at times and we didn’t protect the ball in a couple cases.”
The quick scoring continued in the third quarter, with a 69-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage by Giuseppe Mercier to give Gibraltar a 40-30 advantage.
Marquardt and Kita traded touchdowns, with Marquardt scoring on runs of 40 and three yards and Kita on a 14-yard run. Marquardt’s second pulled Lena to within three points with 6:07 to play, and he put Lena/STAA back in pole position two and a half minutes later, scoring on a 22-yard run to give his team a 50-47 lead.
Sitte and Kita punished the Titans’ defensive backfield one last time, however, with Sitte catching his fourth touchdown pass, a 55-yarder, with 2:44 to play in the game.
Just 46 seconds later, the Titans failed to convert on fourth down and turned the ball over on downs, giving it back to the Vikings to run out the clock.
The two teams combined for 951 yards in the game. Marquardt had 265 of them on the ground with five touchdowns and 72 of them through the air, including the 24-yard touchdown pass to Braley.
Shallow ran seven times for 75 yards and a touchdown and Logan Graef took 13 carries for 60 yards.
On the other side, Kita ran 15 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns and Mercier had two touchdowns on a 13-carry, 97-yard day, but the key damage was done through the air.
Kita threw 17 times, completing eight of them for 258 yards and four touchdowns, with all four to Sitte. The receiver had six receptions for 190 yards.
Lange and the Titans will hope to earn another shot at the Vikings come playoff time.
“We played them hard all the way to the end. You can’t take anything away from either team because we’ve played three times. Eventually one of the two teams is going to win two out of the three,” Lange said. “We’re very evenly matched… We should be in the playoffs. We can’t count our chickens before they’re hatched, but this will be a learning tool.”
Lena/STAA visits Gillett this Friday then finishes with Wausaukee next week. Gillett is 2-4 overall and 1-4 in Peninsula Conference play.
Peshtigo Gets First Win
of the Year Over Marinette

With Friday’s 30-20 win over Marinette, the Peshtigo Bulldogs first have their first taste of sweet victory this football season.
Marinette started the game by forcing a quick punt and scored on its first drive of the game, with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Lyric Anthony to Logan Paris with 1:49 left in the first quarter.
Peshtigo began the next drive on its own 35 and drove down the field until Kavin Kleikamp hit Kyle Rupert for a 15-yard touchdown pass three minutes into the second period.
With the two-point conversion, Peshtigo led 8-6, and things kept improving, as Mason Doberstein intercepted an Anthony pass and started another Bulldog drive. Ethan Brissette capitalized quickly, racing in on a 47-yard touchdown with 5:38 left in the quarter.
The teams traded punches for the rest of the quarter, with Paris scoring a 50-yard touchdown for Marinette, Kleikamp scoring on a short touchdown run, and Landon Corwin-Young scoring a touchdown with 15 seconds left in the half for the Marines.
When all was said and done, Peshtigo led 22-20.
It was the Peshtigo defense that came out of the halftime break looking the most improved unit. Marinette’s first three drives ended in a fumble and two quick punts.
Peshtigo couldn’t get anything going on offense either until a muffed punt with about eight minutes to go set them up at the Marinette 30 with a golden opportunity to go up two scores.
Trevor Marquardt made Marinette pay, scoring on a 25-yard touchdown run with 6:33 to play in the game.
Marinette’s next drive ended in an interception, and there was no time to mount the huge comeback that the Marines needed.
Marinette coach Nate Anderson said the muffed punt “sucked the air” out of the Marines, but it was far from the team’s only mistake that Peshtigo took advantage of.
“The moral of the story of this game is they capitalized on our mistakes and we couldn’t capitalize on theirs. We were inches away from getting some fumbles and different things,” Anderson said. “They capitalized on it and we didn’t. When it came down to it, they made winning plays. When you make mistakes and the other team can capitalize on it, it’s over, and that’s what happened.”
Peshtigo coach Jeff Bayerl was happy to see his team get in the win column.
“Our kids wanted it more than they did. It was just a battle of wills and we kind of out-willed them tonight. That was awesome,” he said. “It was just a great team win all-around. I’m proud of my kids.”
Peshtigo had struggled to generate offense all season, with just 30 points in six games coming into Friday’s matchup. They matched that in just this game alone.
Kleikamp ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown to Rupert. He was 4-5 through the air for 45 yards, with three grabs by Rupert.
Trevor Marquardt also had a big game, including the touchdown that sealed the game.
“He picked up where Kavin left off and he ran really hard,” Bayerl said of Marquardt.
Nathan Kleikamp recovered a fumble and Doberstein had a key interception.
For Marinette, Paris had a big game, with 95 receiving yards and a touchdown, 73 rushing yards and a score, and a team-high 12 tackles.
Anthony was 8-14 passing for 104 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. He ran 13 times for 58 yards as well.
Next on Peshtigo’s schedule is a road trip to Bonduel. The Bears are 4-3 and coming off consecutive wins over Marinette and Mishicot by a combined 61-0 margin.
“You never know,” Bayerl said. “Now that we’ve got a win under our belt, maybe we can get lucky.”
Marinette, meanwhile, hosts a scuffling Oconto team. The Blue Devils started the season 3-0 but have lost four straight since then. Both teams will be looking to get back to winning ways, with Marinette having lost six straight games as well.
“I told the guys the last three games are going to be just like this,” Anderson said. “We’re going to be in every game for the rest of the year and we’ve just got to figure out how to make winning plays. We’ve got to figure out how to win.”
Cougars Unstoppable
Against Tomahawk

Coleman’s offense more than tripled the number of yards its defense allowed in a 36-0 stampede over Tomahawk on Friday.
The Cougars ran for 427 yards and allowed just 134 total yards. Braxton Darga had a big day running the ball, carrying 13 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
One was from 15 yards in the second quarter and the other finished the scoring in the third.
Peter Kuchta got things started with an 18-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, finished off with a two-point run by Trent Mongin. Dylan VanErmen broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run and the Cougars led 16-0 at the end of the first quarter.
With Darga’s first touchdown, Coleman led 22-0 at the halftime break. Will Bieber scored a 24-yard touchdown in the third, and Darga’s second wrapped up the offense for the day.
VanErmen ran seven times for 107 yards and a touchdown, Mongin carried five times for 73 yards, and Brady Gross took five carries for 68 yards. Beiber ran the ball six times for 38 yards and Kuchta carried twice for 18 yards, including a touchdown.
Tomahawk averaged just over three yards per play, completing three of 10 passes for 25 yards and running the ball 31 times for 109 yards.
With two games remaining, Coleman is 8-0, including a 5-0 Northwoods Conference record. The Cougars have two tough tests before the end of the season, starting with Clintonville at home on Friday. The Truckers are 6-2 (3-2 Northwoods Conference).
Then comes Crandon. The Cardinals are one of two teams with only one Northwoods Conference loss.
Menominee Takes Win
Over St. Mary Catholic/
Valley Christian

Saint Mary Catholic/Valley Christian, an eight-man football team based out of the Fox Valley, has dominated the eight-man scene this season, outscoring opponents 294-23 through five games.
On Friday night, they moved up to the 11-man game to face Menominee and found the adjustment difficult.
The Maroons won 36-14 behind three touchdown passes from Trevor Theuerkauf and two rushing scores by Kaeden Calcari.
Theuerkauf was 14-20 passing for 142 yards and three touchdowns. Landan Bardowski, Kaden Starzynski, and Eli Beal were each on the receiving end of touchdown passes.
Calcari ran 19 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns and Bardowski ran 16 times for 90.
Saint Mary turned the ball over three times and gained just 101 yards of total offense.
It’s back to conference competition this week after two non-conference games. The Maroons host Marquette (2-4) on Friday. Marquette is coming off a 21-13 win over Escanaba that ended a two-game losing streak.
Improved Gillett Defense
Holds Strong for Shutout
Win Over Wausaukee

The last time Wausaukee and Gillett met on the gridiron, it was a high-scoring shootout that Gillett won 52-50 in overtime. When the two teams met Friday, the Tiger defense showed up in a big way to produce a 36-0 win.
The two teams entered the second quarter scoreless, which is when Tigers quarterback Jesse DeBauch started to find his groove. He hit Brandon DeBauch for a 25-yard touchdown 54 seconds into the quarter and Aydin Franti for a 10-yard score to give his team a 14-0 lead with 50 seconds to go in the quarter.
With four and a half minutes left in the third quarter, Ben Matczak caught an eight-yard touchdown from DeBauch, and the Tigers tacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game away. One was a five-yard run by Colten Sturm and the other was the DeBauch-to-DeBauch connection for a 46-yard touchdown pass.
Jesse DeBauch was 12-20 passing for 179 yards and four touchdowns.
Brandon DeBauch caught eight passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Franti caught three passes for 31 yards and a touchdown and Matczak’s eight-yard score was his lone catch.
Sturm ran 15 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, and Jackson Pecha took 10 totes for 75 yards.
Gillett (2-4 overall, 1-4 Peninsula Conference) hosts Lena/Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy (5-1 overall, 4-1 conference) next week. The Titans lost for the first time this season last week, a 54-50 defeat to Gibraltar.
Wausaukee (2-4 overall, 2-3 conference) has its final home game on Friday, facing Suring (2-4 overall, 2-3 conference).
Suring Drops Contest
With Sevastopol on Late
Game Touchdown Pass

Suring entered the fourth quarter of Friday’s showdown with Sevastopol leading 18-14, but a late touchdown pass from Logan Schuh to Logan Retzlaff saw the Pioneers grab a 20-18 victory.
The Eagles’ Trent Vandenelzen scored on a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter to tie the game at six after a Schuh-to-Retzlaff connection from 40 yards in the first.
Schuh retook the lead for Sevastopol, 14-6, on a 53-yard keeper in the third quarter, but two touchdown runs by Keegan Rattin, one for nine yards and the other for 53, gave Suring an 18-14 advantage heading into the final period.
Two-point conversions were also important. The Eagles went 0-3 while the Pioneers were 1-3, which turned out to make all the difference.
Schuch ran for 192 yards on 18 tries and threw for 90 yards and two touchdowns to Retzlaff, who caught five passes.
Oconto Suffers 36-0
Shutout Loss

Southern Door completely stifled the Oconto offense in a 35-0 rout on Friday night.
The Blue Devils were held to less than 20 yards of total offense, and Eagle defenders intercepted two passes as well.
Southern Door’s Zack Lynch ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns.
The Blue Devils (3-4 overall, 1-4 Packerland Conference) have lost four straight after a 3-0 start, but they’ll look to get back on track in Marinette on Friday night.
Marinette has lost six straight, most recently on the road against Peshtigo on Friday night by a 30-20 score.
Clintonville Takes One
Score Win Over
Oconto Falls

One first-quarter touchdown by Clintonville was all that separated the Truckers and Oconto Falls on Friday night.
Kade Rosenow tossed a 25-yard touchdown to Samuel Wegener in the first quarter and the Truckers converted the two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead. Those would be the only points scored in the game, with Clintonville winning 8-0.
Oconto Falls ran the ball 54 times for 129 yards. Skylar Dalton ran 18 times for 64 yards and Alex Haines took 14 tries for 54 yards. Carter Hill ran 20 times for 13 yards.
Hill completed two of nine passes for 52 yards and an interception.
Oconto Falls (4-4) has a tough end to the season, facing Crandon (6-2 overall, 4-1 Northwoods Conference) and Crivitz (5-2 overall, 4-1 Northwoods Conference).
First up is Crandon at home, the Panthers’ final home game of the 2022 season.
Niagara Suffers
Loss to Laona/Wabeno

The Niagara Badgers were defeated by the Laona-Wabeno Rebels 58-0 on Friday night.
The Rebels had just 261 yards of total offense, but it was enough to put up 58 points, with Carter Janesch throwing for three touchdowns and Walker Winkelman running for two.
For Niagara defensively, Aiden Colenso and Edward Swanson both had an interception. Christian Hedmark led the team with 8 tackles.
The Badgers (1-5) have now lost five straight. They face a 4-2 Three Lakes team on the road Friday night at 7 p.m.

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