Badger moves on with its strong run game

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Gazette staff
Friday, October 30, 2015

LAKE GENEVA—Oregon struck first with a quick and long-range air strike.

Lake Geneva Badger took the hit then delivered a series of short punches that took out the visiting Panthers.

The Badgers (9-2) answered Oregon's 75-yard touchdown pass with 42 unanswered points en route to a 42-14 victory in a WIAA Division 2 second-round playoff game Friday night here.

The second-seeded Badgers play at No. 1-seed Waunakee at 7 p.m. Friday in a state quarterfinal game.

The Badgers were stung early when Oregon's Trent Ricker found Sam Mueller for a 75-yard scoring pass on the first play of the game. Alex Duff's kick put the sixth-seeded Panthers ahead 7-0.

Then Badger High's Tyler VanDeVelde answered in a big way.

In a span of 12 minutes, VanDeVelde scored on runs of 3, 2 and 9 yards to put the Badgers ahead 21-7. Isaac Ziervogel scored on a 6-yard run and Tias Larson's fourth conversion kick put the Badgers up 28-7 at halftime.

VanDeVelde scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run in the added his fourth touchdown of the game on a 3-yard run just three minutes into the third quarter. Patrick Watrous finished the Badger scoring with a one-yard run as the Badgers finished with 393 yards rushing on 53 carries.

VanDeVelde finished with 202 yards rushing on 21 carries. Quarterback Mason DuMez added 54 yards rushing, and Watrous finished with 53.

Mick Borchert led the Badger defense, which limited Oregon (7-5) to 210 total yards. Borchert had three solo and three assisted tackles.

Chase Craig and Patrick Quinn each picked off a Panther pass.


Oregon 7 0 0 7—14

Badger 14 14 14 0—42

Scoring: O—Sam Mueller 75 pass from Trent Ricker (Alex Duff kick); LGB--Tyler VanDeVelde 3 run (Tias Larson kick). LGB--VanDeVelde 2 run (Larson kick); LGB--VanDeVelde 9 run (Larson kick); LGB--Isaac Ziervogel 6 run (Larson kick). LGB--VanDeVelde 2 run (Larson kick); LGB--Patrick Watrous, 1 run (Larson kick); O—Lucas Mathews 12 run (Duff kick).

Statistics: First downs—O 5, LGB 20. Rushes—O 28-96, LGB 53-393. Yards passing—O 114, LGB 27. Passes—O 14-6-2, LGB 12-4-1. Fumbles—O 1-1, LGB 1-1. Penalties—O 5-38, LGB 3-24.

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