Lodi overwhelms Big Foot in resounding playoff win

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Eric Schmoldt
Friday, October 30, 2015

LODI—Lodi has looked the part of a state championship favorite all season.

That didn't change Friday night.

The Blue Devils scored touchdowns on three of their first nine offensive plays and cruised to a 49-7 victory over Walworth Big Foot in a WIAA Division 4 second-round football game on their home field.

Lodi, a top seed and the No. 1-ranked team in Division 4 all season, will host third-seeded Columbus in a state quarterfinal next week.

“They're big, and they're good,” Big Foot coach Greg Enz said. “What really impressed me tonight was that they threw so much better than I saw on film or even that their statistics show.

“They were clicking. Credit where credit is due, they're impressive.”

Lodi scored three times in the first seven minutes to take control from the start.

Mark Nellen put the Blue Devils on the board with a 33-yard scamper, breaking multiple tackles along the way. Nellen rushed nine times for 128 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half.

Senior quarterback Garrett Schreiber completed 8 of 9 first-half passes for 189 yards and three scores as the Blue Devils built a 42-0 lead by the break. The entire second half was played with a running clock.

Derek Paulson caught two of those touchdown passes.

“We got out here on the field and we had a good mentality,” Enz said. “But we had to get a score or move the ball (early on).”

Two of Lodi's first three scores came off turnovers—one on downs on a fumbled punt snap and one on an interception.

The Chiefs threw four interceptions total and rushed 16 times for just 10 yards.

“They've got athletic interior linemen and as good or better linebackers than I saw in the North or South in the Rock,” Enz said.

Sophomore quarterback Jackson Enz completed 17 of 34 passes for 183 yards and a late touchdown to Rock Valley South offensive player of the year Michael Heidenreich, who caught four passes for 43 yards.

Sophomore Pedro Sierra caught seven passes for 90 yards.

“There's something that can be said with this group that they were able to accomplish what they did,” Enz said of his Chiefs, who finished with a 6-5 overall record and won at least a share of the Rock Valley South title for the ninth straight year. “They won another conference title, and to be able to go back to East Troy and win (in the first round) has to be underscored.”


Big Foot 0 0 0 7—7

Lodi 21 21 7 0—49

Scoring summary: L—Mark Mellen 33 run (Garret Wegner kick). L—Derek Paulson 33 pass from Garrett Schreiber (Wegner kick). L—Mellen 16 run (Wegner kick). L—Rob Volk 32 pass from Schreiber (Wegner kick). L—Paulson 30 pass from Schreiber (Wegner kick). L—Mellen 13 run (Wegner kick). L—Casey Persike 66 run (Wegner kick). BF—Michael Heidenreich 11 pass from Jackson Enz (Nelson Tovar kick).

Statistics: First downs—BF 11, L 18. Rushing—BF 16-10, L 31-234. Yards passing—BF 183, L 189. Passes—BF 38-17-4, L 9-8-0. Fumbles—BF 1-0, L 1-1. Penalties—BF 5-48, L 10-86.

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