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Playoff football roundup: Delavan-Darien survives overtime

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Gazette staff
Friday, October 21, 2016

Delavan-Darien's football team put a little more pressure on itself than it needed to Friday night.

The Comets pulled off the road upset anyway.

The No. 7 seed in their WIAA Division 3 bracket, they coughed up a 14-point fourth-quarter lead only to regroup and topple second-seeded Mount Horeb/Barneveld 28-21 in overtime.

The Comets will play at third-seeded Pewaukee in the second round.

Delavan-Darien built a 21-7 lead. Jaxson Sawtelle opened the scoring with a 98-yard interception return to set the tone.

The Comets also scored on a 49-yard pass from Jake Benzing to Mike Alder and a 54-yard scamper by Benzing—who led the team in both rushing and passing.

But Mount Horeb/Barneveld scored two touchdowns in the final five minutes. A 65-yard strike on fourth down kept the Vikings alive, and an eight-yard touchdown pass with 39 seconds left forced overtime.

There, the Comets got the ball first and scored quickly on a 15-yard strike from Benzing to Ben Ingersoll. Their defense got a stop, and Delavan-Darien moved on.

It was Delavan-Darien's first playoff victory since 2010, when it won three Division 3 games. The program now has six postseason victories all-time.

DELAVAN-DARIEN 28, MOUNT HOREB/BARNEVELD 21 (OT)

Delavan-Darien 7 7 7 0 7—28

Mount Horeb/Barneveld 0 7 0 14 0—21

Scoring: DD—Jaxson Sawtelle 98 interception return (Flores kick). MHB—Winston 5 run (Petrusatti kick). DD—Mike Alder 49 pass from Jake Benzing (Flores kick). DD—Benzing 54 run (Flores kick). MHB—Rose 65 pass from Murray (Petrussatti kick). MHB—Ryan 8 pass from Murray (petrussatti kick). DD—Ben Ingersoll 15 pass from Benzing (Flores kick).

Statistics: First downs—DD 17, MHB 20. Rushing—DD 41-170, MHB 27-106. Passing yards—DD 222, MHB 294. Passes—DD 24-15-1, MHB 37-20-2. Fumbles—DD 2-1, MHB 1-1. Penalties—DD 13-122, MHB 8-175.

-- Pewaukee 50, Jefferson 16—The Pirates trailed 8-6 after the first quarter but scored 37 straight points to pull away.

Seth Bickett rushed for touchdowns of 8, 2 and 6 yards to lead Pewaukee into the second round.

PEWAUKEE 50, JEFFERSON 16

Jefferson 8 0 0 8—16

Pewaukee 6 17 13 14—50

Scoring: P—Michael Walters 30 pass from Carl Renz (kick failed). J—Chris DeKrey 70 pass from Zack Peterson (Evan Anfang run). P—Sam Ramlow 10 run (pass failed). P—Seth Bickett 8 run (Bickett run). P—David Collins 48 field goal. P—Bickett 2 run (Collin kick). P—Bickett 6 run (pass failed). P—Renz 6 run (Collins kick). J—Anfang 11 run (Hunter Milbrath run). P—Walters 87 kickoff return (Collins kick).

Statistics: First downs—J 11, P 23. Rushing—J 39-134, P 45-337. Passing yards—J 146, P 122. Passes—J 16-7-0, P 8-6-1. Fumbles—J 0-0, P 1-1. Penalties J 4-30, P 8-59.

Division 4

-- River Valley 61, Big Foot 13—Top-seeded River Valley blitzed the visiting Chiefs for 35 first-quarter points and never looked back.

Jackson Enz scored both touchdowns on the ground for the Chiefs, who turned the ball over five times and allowed 508 yards of total offense.

Big Foot finished 5-5.

RIVER VALLEY 61, BIG FOOT 13

Walworth Big Foot 0 7 6 0—13

River Valley 35 13 13 0—61

Scoring: R—Wickman 10 run (Cady kick). R—Wickman 17 pass from Alt (Cady kick). R—Wickman 23 pass from Alt (Cady kick). R—Alt 27 run (Cady kick). R—Wedige 28 pass from Alt (Cady Kick). R—Alt 75 run (kick blocked). B—Jackson Enz 2 run (Heidenreich kick). R—Yanke 1 run (Cady kick). R—Wickman 32 pass from Alt (Cady kick). B—Enz 1 run (kick blocked). R—Wickman 14 run (kick blocked).

Statistics: First downs—B 22, R 24. Rushing—B 32-191, R 36-358. Passing yards—B 120, R 150. Passes—B 37-21-3, R 16-10-1. Fumbles—B 2-2, R 0-0. Penalties—B 8-105, R 6-86.

-- Lodi 49, Brodhead/Juda 28—The Blue Devils jumped out to a 28-0 lead and held on from there.

The fifth-seeded visiting Cardinals cut their deficit to 42-28 but couldn't get any closer.

Jack Speckman rushed nine times for 115 yards and two touchdowns for Brodhead/Juda, which finished 5-5.

LODI 49, BRODHEAD/JUDA 28

Brodhead/Juda 0 0 21 7—28

Lodi 7 14 14 14—49

Scoring: L—Heyroth 28 run (Curtis kick). L—Heyroth 26 run (Curtis kick). L—Nellen 28 run (Curtis kick). L—Scola 24 run (Curtis kick). B—Jack Speckman 77 run (Thomas Delbekk kick). B—Tyler Hoesley 46 pass from Matt Schmitt (Delbekk kick). L—Heyroth 46 run (Curtis kick). B—Parker Johnson 3 pass from Schmitt (Delbekk kick). L—Heyroth 57 run (Curtis kick). B—Speckman 15 run (Delbekk kick). L—Persike 5 run (Curtis kick).

Statistics: First downs—B 12, L 10. Rushing—B 34-166, L 39-378. Passing yards—B 173, L 84. Passes—B 21-15-1, L 5-3-1. Fumbles—B 2-0, L 0-0. Penalties B 3-40, L 5-55.


Last updated: 11:23 pm Friday, October 21, 2016


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