Badger, Big Foot join Evansville/Albany as playoff winners

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Gazette staff
Friday, October 23, 2015

Walworth Big Foot's football team left East Troy feeling much better Friday night than it did in Week 8 of the regular season.

A close loss in the final week of the Rock Valley Conference season kept the Chiefs from winning the South title outright.

They put those memories behind them with a 7-6 victory over the fourth-seeded Trojans in a WIAA Division 4 first-round playoff game.

Fifth-seeded Big Foot advanced and will travel to top-seeded Lodi in the second round. The Blue Devils beat Platteville 45-13 on Friday.

The Chiefs took the lead just before halftime when Jackson Enz hit Beau Cary with a 6-yard touchdown pass. Zak Greco's extra point proved more important than fans probably realized at the time.

East Troy got back within a point on Zach Zewiske's 1-yard plunge in the third quarter, but the Trojans' PAT was unsuccessful.

Big Foot held on the rest of the way. It outrushed East Troy 129-63, with Ben Bauer carrying 13 times for 82 yards.


Walworth Big Foot 0 7 0 0—7

East Troy 0 0 6 0—6

Scoring: BF—Beau Cary 6 pass from Jackson Enz (Zak Greco kick). ET—Zach Zewiske 1 run (kick failed).

Statistics: First downs—BF 7, ET 8. Rushing—BF 36-129, ET 37-63. Yards passing—BF 82, ET 109. Passes—BF 15-5-2, ET 27-13-1. Fumbles—BF 2-1, ET 4-2. Penalties—BF 6-35, ET 4-25.

• Marshall 24, Clinton 22—Quarterback Tyler Halsted led the Cougars with 112 of the team's 218 rushing yards, but the Cardinals used a pair of long touchdown plays in the middle of the game to create enough cushion and hang on.

Marshall scored the game's first 12 points, including a touchdown off a blocked punt, but Clinton scored the next two touchdowns. Cole Ciochon caught a 37-yard touchdown pass, and Halsted ran in from 27 yards out to give the Cougars a 14-12 lead.

The Cardinals responded with two touchdowns of their own, and after Clinton scored again to pull within 24-22, they held off one final Cougars drive.


Clinton 0 14 0 8—22

Marshall 12 6 6 0—24

Scoring: M—Boedefeld 32 punt block return (kick failed). M—Wehking 1 run (pass failed). C—Cole Ciochon 37 pass from Pope (Tyler Halsted run). C—Halsted 27 run (run failed). M—Gomez 35 pass from Mares (pass failed). M—Mares 35 run (pass failed). C—Jordan Jones 15 run (DJ Waller pass from Halstad).

Statistics: First downs—C 8, M 5. Rushing—C 68-218, M 29-123. Yards passing—C 76, M 79. Passes—C 9-2-0, M 14-4-1. Fumbles—C 2-1, M 1-0. Penalties—C 7-75, M 7-45.

• Columbus 24, Turner 9—The Cardinals made sure the Trojans' first trip to the WIAA football playoffs in 27 years was a brief one.

Jake Smith ran for 179 yards and two touchdowns while the Columbus defense held the athletic Turner attack to just 125 total yards on 44 plays. Sam Ott also ran for 79 yards and a score for the Cardinals.

Justin Hansen caught three passes for 35 yards for Turner, and quarterback Seth Smith scored the Trojans' only touchdown with 2:46 left in the game.


Beloit Turner 0 3 0 6—9

Columbus 3 7 7 7—24

Scoring: C—FG Logan Wright 33. C—Jake Smith 4 run (Wright kick). BT—FG Juan Reyes 42. C—Smith 4 run (Wright kick). C—Ott 8 run (Wright kick). BT—Seth Smith 17 run (try failed).

Statistics: First downs—BT 9, C 14. Rushing—BT 29-51, C 46-292. Yards passing—BT 74, C 30. Passes—BT 15-9-1, C 6-2. Fumbles—BT 2-1, C 2-0. Penalties—BT 2-20, C 7-80.

• River Valley 42, Brodhead/Juda 7—The Cardinals lost their fourth straight game to end the season.

No other information reported.

Division 2

• Badger 35, Watertown 9—The Badgers piled up 346 rushing yards and cruised in their playoff opener at home.

Tyler VanDeVelde rushed 22 times for 104 yards and a touchdown, and Mason DuMez added 69 yards with one rushing touchdown and two passing scores.

Christian Martinez caught a 19-yard TD pass and also ran in a score from two yards out.

The Badger defense limited the Goslings to less than 200 yards, including just 28 rushing.

Badger hosts Oregon in a second-round game next week.


Watertown 3 0 0 6—9

Lake Geneva Badger 7 14 7 7—35

Scoring: Bad—Mason DuMez 3 run (Tias Larson kick). W—Zeke Yaeggi 20 field goal. Bad—Tyler VanDeVelde 7 run (Larson kick). Bad—Christian Martinez 19 pass DuMez (Larson kick). Bad—Isaac Ziervogel 22 pass from DuMez (Larson kick). Bad—Martinez 2 run (Larson kick). W—Ryan Hayden 10 pass from Austin Gifford (try failed).

Statistics: First downs—W 13, Bad 15. Rushing—W 17-28, Bad 62-346. Passing yards—W 171, B 41. Passes—W 32-12-3, Bad 3-2-0. Fumbles—W 2-1, Bad 1-1. Penalties—W 4-26, Bad 9-76.

Division 3

• Kewaskum 44, Delavan-Darien 14—Brandon Thull and Michael Prochnow each accounted for three touchdowns to help Kewaskum roll in a D3 opener.

Thull carried 20 times for 274 yards and three touchdowns. Prochnow rushed for a pair of scores and connected through the air with Charlie Witek.

Delavan-Darien quarterback Jake Benzing ran for a 15-yard score to keep the game close early, but the Comets totaled just 134 yards of total offense.


Delavan-Darien 6 0 0 8—14

Kewaskum 21 14 9 0—44

Scoring: K—Brandon Thull 63 run (Cade Peterson kick). DD—Jake Benzing 15 run (kick failed). K—Thull 45 run (Peterson kick). K—Michael Prochnow 1 run (Peterson kick). K—Charlie Witek 24 pass from Prochnow (Peterson kick). K—Prochnow 1 run (Peterson kick). K—Thull 11 run (Peterson kick). K—Benjamin Watzig safety. DD—Zach Gidcumb 43 run (Mike Alder run).

Statistics: Rushing—DD 34-69, K 38-341. Passing yards—DD 65, K 65. Passes—DD 14-5-1, K 10-4-0. Penalties—DD 8-38, K 2-10.

Last updated: 11:37 pm Friday, October 23, 2015

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