Prep football: Bluejays, Marshfalcons win first place showdowns; Trojans get Miller win No. 250

September 23, 2018

JOHNSON CREEK — There was a familiar theme to this rematch, one the Bluejays didn’t care for one bit.

“In the first half, we were in the red zone twice and didn’t score,” Johnson Creek football coach Tim Wagner said. “We felt we left some points out there. We were moving the ball up and down the field pretty well and shutting them down. It was similar to last year. We had opportunities and didn’t get the job done, either.”

Last year, Johnson Creek’s first place showdown with Fall River ended in a nine-point loss. The Bluejays flipped the script on Friday night at Glover Field, taking control in the second half for a 14-6 win over the visiting Pirates on Homecoming night.

Johnson Creek (6-0, 4-0 in conference) put together the game’s first scoring drive in the third quarter, capped by senior running back Anthony Purpi’s 16-yard touchdown run.

“We told the kids at halftime, the three things we focused on are special teams, making plays and competing,” Wagner said. “We proved we could move the ball. We called 31 trap. Anthony hit the seam just right up the middle.”

Junior quarterback Justin Swanson gave the Bluejays a 14-0 lead in the fourth quarter with a 55-yard TD run. Senior Alex Garza was 2-for-2 on extra points.

“Garza’s extra points were huge for us,” Wagner said. “Justin had a run to put us up 14-0. He broke off 15 power late to put us up two scores.”

Fall River (5-1, 3-1) got on the board with 1 minute, 24 seconds left in regulation on senior quarterback Luke Figol’s 20-yard TD pass to Tanner Liebenthal, but the Bluejays recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock to take over sole possession of first place in the Small Trailways.

Johnson Creek rolled up 396 yards of total offense. Swanson rushed 20 times for 140 yards and a score and completed 10-of-19 passes for 126 yards with one interception. Purpi added 18 carries for 87 yards and a score. Sophomore tight end Wyatt Owen caught four passes for 48 yards.

Figol was 6-of-19 for 85 yards passing and led Fall River in rushing with seven carries for 48 yards. Liebenthal caught four passes for 73 yards with one touchdown.

“I a really proud of our kids,” Wagner said. “Our mental toughness was good. Justin had a big game running and throwing. That doesn’t happen unless the offensive line (junior center Lukas David, Garza at right guard, senior left guard Logan Peot, senior right tackle Zach Johnson, junior left tackle Nick Hoffman and Owen at tight end) does a goo job up front. Our defensive line did a great job, too.”

Johnson Creek plays at Randolph next Friday.

Johnson Creek 14, Fall River 6

Fall River 0 0 0 6 — 6

Johnson Creek 0 0 7 7 — 14


First downs 4 14

Yards rushing (att-yds.) 27-130 48-270

Yards passing 85 126

Attempts 22 19

Completions 6 10

Had intercepted 0 1

Total yards 225 396

Penalties, yards 4-45 8-60

Fumbles, lost 1-1 2-0

JC — Purpi 16 run (Garza kick)

JC — Swanson 55 run (Garza kick)

FR — Liebenthal 20 pass from Figol (run failed)

Horicon/Husty 40,

Markesan 2

HORICON — Markesan scored the opening points of the game on a safety when Horicon/Hustisford junior quarterback Dylan Schmitt was sacked in the end zone midway through the second quarter.

Schmitt and his teammates responded with 40 unanswered points.

“After the safety, they just were pissed,” Horicon/Hustisford football coach Shannon Mueller said. “They took it to heart. They did their thing. They knew they were the better team and marched down the field, and it was pretty much game on from there.”

Horicon/Hustisford scored 20 points in the second and third quarters to crush Markesan 40-2 in a battle for first place in the Large Trailways on Friday night at Discher Park. It was the first time three-time defending league champion Markesan lost a league game since a 27-0 defeat against Lourdes Academy on Oct. 3, 2014.

“Twenty-two consecutive conference wins, that’s what they were on,” Mueller said. “We finally put an end to it.”

Schmitt had his best game in the biggest one of the season, completing 11-of-16 passes for 145 and three touchdowns while rushing 13 times for 45 yards and two scores.

“Dylan had a great night,” Mueller said. “He took some licks, but he threw some darts. Man, he threw the ball well. Our receivers did a great job catching and blocking downfield for each other.”

After Markesan (4-2, 3-1 in conference) scored its safety with 8 minutes, 40 seconds left until halftime, the Marshfalcons drove the field and took the lead for good on Schmitt’s 10-yard TD pass to senior receiver Mitchell Kurtz. Schmitt ran in the two-point conversion and Husticon led 8-2 with 5:07 left in the second quarter.

Markesan had early success running the ball, but the Marshfalcons adjusted and took that away. When the Hornets went to throw, Husticon came up with three interceptions.

Horicon/Husty also recovered a fumble to set up the second score, an 11-yard TD toss from Schmitt to senior running back CJ Brooks with 4:04 left in the half.

Horicon/Hustisford (5-1, 3-0) scored once more just before halftime on a 1-yard TD run by Schmitt with 14 seconds remaining to make it 20-2.

In the third quarter, Schmitt rushed for a 7-yard score, then threw a 22-yard scoring pass to junior receiver Zach Kehl. Brooks scored on a 6-yard TD run with 3:53 left in the third and the Marshfalcons capped the scoring with Schmitt throw a two-point conversion pass to senior receiver Justin Kuehl.

“That was an incredible catch,” Mueller said. “There was a penalty on it and he still made the play. He had a defender dragging on him and he caught it with his left hand.”

Kuehl caught five passes for 55 yards. Kurtz added three catches for 47 yards.

“It was what we wanted,” Mueller said. “We spread the ball out and put our athletes in space. Our offensive line did a great job protecting. They were stout defensively against the run. We couldn’t run very well inside, but our guys did a great job for pass protection.”

Markesan quarterback Max Stellmacher led the Hornets in rushing with 20 carries for 92 yards, but was just 1-of-7 for minus-6 yards passing with three interceptions.

“We started out slow,” Mueller said. “There was a little shell shock. It’s Markesan. They are a good team. The score doesn’t say that, but they are well coached.

“Our defensive ends were not doing their jobs. They were able to get their quarterback to take off on zone reads. We got those guys out and made a few adjustments. Once we got our defensive ends doing what they were supposed to do. They didn’t get many yards.

“Our linebackers were free to fly around. Connor Drews played a phenomenal game. So did all our linebackers, and our defensive backs. CJ Brooks was so high up in the air to get that ball and Blake Peplinski made a great read watching the quarterback. Drews had one, too. A fourth one got called back (on a penalty).”

Horicon/Hustisford travels to play Parkview next Friday.

Horicon/Hustisford 40, Markesan 2

Markesan 0 2 0 0 — 2

Husticon 0 20 20 0 — 40


First downs 8 16

By rush 8 8

By pass 0 6

By penalty 0 2

Yards rushing (att-yds.) 40-142 24-113

Yards passing -6 145

Attempts 7 16

Completions 1 11

Had intercepted 3 0

Total yards 136 258

Penalties, yards 5-55 8-50

Fumbles, lost 1-1 1-0

M — Safety, Schmitt tackled in end zone

HH — Kurtz 10 pass from Schmitt (Schmitt run)

HH — Brooks 11 pass from Schmitt (kick blocked)

HH — Schmitt 1 run (run failed)

HH — Schmitt 7 run (kick failed)

HH — Z. Kehl 22 pass from Schmitt (pass failed)

HH — Brooks 6 run (Kuehl pass from Schmitt)

Dodgeland 48,

Parkview 14

JUNEAU — Dodgeland scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions and made head coach Doug Miller’s 250th career victory a resounding one with a 48-14 Large Trailways win over Parkview on Friday.

Junior running back Nate Oestreich rushed nine times for 101 yards and two touchdowns and senior running back Peter Mountin carried the ball six times for 72 yards and three touchdowns to pace Dodgeland (3-3, 1-2 in conference), which snapped a three-game losing streak.

Junior quarterback Tye Bader was 2-of-4 for 59 yards including a 50-yard scoring toss to junior receiver Seth Christopherson.

“We played well up front,” Miller said. “Our backs ran hard. We had our bench cleared halfway through the second quarter.

“Marcia (Dodgeland athletic director Marcia Modaff) said some nice stuff after the game. For me, being the 19th (coach to reach 250 wins) in the history of the state, it’s more of an elite thing. Only 19 people have done this. It’s pretty nice to do it at home, not that we were trying to.”

Dodgeland hosts Pardeeville for homecoming next Friday.


Parkview 0 8 0 6 — 14

Dodgeland 27 21 0 0 — 48


First downs 8 17

By rush 8 15

By pass 0 1

By penalty 0 1

Yards rushing (att-yds.) 40-190 37-225

Yards passing 4 71

Attempts 4 5

Completions 1 3

Had intercepted 1 0

Total yards 194 296

Penalties, yards 1-15 1-5

Fumbles, lost 3-3 1-1

D — Mountin 7 run (kick failed)

D — Oestreich 11 run (Benzing kick)

D — Mountin 30 run (Benzing kick)

D — Christopherson 50 pass from Bader (Benzing kick)

D — Oestreich 9 run (Benzing kick)

D — Mountin 12 run (Benzing kick)

D — Schultz 3 run (Benzing kick)

P — Vogt 37 run (Unseth run)

P — Vogt 24 run (pass failed)



LAKE MILLS — One week after scoring 27 seconds into the contest, Lake Mills scored 14 seconds into Friday’s 43-21 Capitol North football win over visiting Columbus.

Adam Moen hit Matt Johnson for a 64-yard scoring pass, the first of four from the L-Cat sophomore quarterback. Also like the previous week, the hosts (5-1, 2-0 North) gave up a big play as Columbus (1-5, 0-2) responded 80 seconds later when William Cotter found Trent Casper for a 70-yard TD reception.

Moen found Hunter Buechel from 18 yards out and Johnson again from 10 yards away as the L-Cats built a 21-7 lead after a quarter. In the second quarter, Moen located Luke Pierce on an 18-yard TD pass sandwiched between Adam Mitchell field goals of 26 and 20 yards.

Lake Mills recorded a safety by sacking Joe Morris in the end zone less than a minute into the second half. Moen had a 1-yard TD run midway through the third quarter to activate the running clock.

Moen completed 21 of 40 passes for 371 yards with just one interceptions. Johnson caught five passes for 122 yards, Buechel added 105 on seven grabs, Luke Pierce tallied 73 yards on five receptions and Charlie Bender caught two passes for 70 yards.

Charlie Cassady carried 11 times for 68 yards. Lake Mills travels across the street for next week’s showdown at Lakeside Lutheran.


Columbus 7 0 0 14 — 21

Lake Mills 21 13 9 0 — 43


First downs 6 22

Yards rushing (att-yds.) 21-91 20-90

Yards passing 114 371

Attempts 23 40

Completions 6 23

Had intercepted 1 1

Total yards 205 462

Penalties, yards 7-60 7-55

Fumbles, lost 1-0 1-1

LM — Johnson 64 from Moen (Mitchell kick)

C — Casper 70 from Cotter (Minick kick)

LM — Buechel 18 from Moen (Mitchell kick)

LM — Johnson 10 from Moen (Mitchell kick)

LM — Mitchell 25 FG

LM — Pierce 18 from Moen (Mitchell kick)

LM — Mitchell 20 FG

LM — Safety, Morris sacked in end zone

LM — Moen 1 run (Mitchell kick)

C — Hill 76 run (kick failed)

C — Morris 15 run (Casper from Morris)

Belleville 42,

Waterloo 0

WATERLOO — Luke Kelly rushed 21 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns as visiting Belleville shut out Waterloo 42-0 in a Capitol South football game on Friday.

Nate Mabis completed 6-of-19 passes for 71 yards with one interception for Belleville (5-1, 1-1 in conference). Mabis ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Waterloo (0-6, 0-2) played without starting quarterback Chase Bostwick. Backups Blake Huebner and Wyatt Peterson combined to finish 4-of-20 for 43 yards with two interceptions each. Belleville returned two of the interceptions for scores and also recovered four fumbles.

Abdon Tounche-Aguero rushed 14 times for 39 yards for Waterloo, which hosts Marshall next Friday.


Belleville 14 7 7 14 — 42

Waterloo 0 0 0 0 — 0


First downs 21 11

By rush 16 7

By pass 5 4

By penalty 0 0

Yards rushing (att-yds.) 41-209 44-123

Yards passing 71 43

Attempts 19 20

Completions 6 4

Had intercepted 1 4

Total yards 280 166

Penalties, yards 1-10 4-30

Fumbles, lost 2-2 4-4

B — Mabis 3 run (Syse kick)

B — Kelly 4 run (Syse kick)

B — Kelly 12 run (Syse kick)

B — Fahey interception return (Syse kick)

B — Fahey 11 run (Syse kick)

B — Pier interception return (Syse kick)

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