Switching up: Badger gets passing game going against Bradford
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LAKE GENEVA--As a former offensive lineman, Lake Geneva Badger head coach Matt Hensler deploys an old-fashioned running offense.
But when opponents stuff the defensive front with linebackers and safeties, Hensler gnashes his teeth and calls a pass play or two just to keep things honest.
Hensler may be gnashing his teeth a bit more after two big touchdown passes helped Badger upend Kenosha Bradford 42-26 in a WIAA Division 1 first-round game Friday night.
Quarterback Colton Surges fired touchdowns of 29 and 33 yards, and ran for two more to propel Badger (9-1) into the second round against last year’s state runner-up Franklin.
The Badgers, who lost to Franklin 35-14 in a state semifinal contest last season, will likely need a few more big passing plays to gain revenge.
“It was huge to connect on those passes against Bradford,” Surges said. “Especially when guys like to the load the box against us and we can chuck it deep it just makes us super dangerous.”
Surges helped set up the critical pass plays with two first-quarter touchdown runs of 1 and 2 yards to give Badger a 15-0 lead.
After Bradford loaded up the box to stop the run, Surges connected with tight end Angelo Camalieri on a 44-yard pass, and then hit wide receiver Dawson Vance on a 29-yard touchdown pass to make it 22-0 Badger.
“Passing is legal, so might as well do it,” Hensler said. “We try to get big passing plays in every game, but we knew we could get our tight end Angelo down the seam a little bit, so we did.”
The Red Devils went to their more conventional high-powered passing game late in the first half with quarterback Tony Martin’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Cody Tostrud to cut it to 22-7.
The Badgers then took full advantage of a softened defense with a Wes Sontag 27-yard touchdown run and an Adam Gallagher 70-yard touchdown run to make it 36-7 Badger midway through the third.
Bradford answered with Marshaun Bell’s 6-yard touchdown run. Martin’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Tostrud cut it to 36-20.
But the Badger passing game responded again with Surges’ 33-yard quick hitter over the middle to Camalieri to make it 42-20.
Bradford added one more score late on a Martin 17-yard pass to Marquon Williams, but it was too little too late.
The Badgers avenged the 26-21 loss to Bradford in Week 2, and now look to avenge last year’s playoff loss to Franklin.
“It’s definitely an honor to get to play Franklin again,” Badger defensive lineman Alex Evans said. “We are really looking forward to playing them again after scrimmaging them in the preseason, and you could just see the emotion from our team and we wanted to get after them so bad.”
Evans and the Badgers finally get their chance for redemption.
LAKE GENEVA BADGER 42, KENOSHA BRADFORD 26
Bradford 0 7 7 6--26
Badger 8 14 14 6--42
Scoring summary: L—Colton Surges, 1 run (Will Keller run). L—Surges, 2 run (Josh Taddeo kick). L—Dawson Vance, 29 pass from Surges (Taddeo kick). K— Cod Tostrud, 7 pass from Tony Martin (Arjan Osmani kick). L—Wes Sontag , 27 run (Taddeo kick). L—Adam Gallagher, 70 run (Taddeo kick). K—Marshaun Bell, 6 run (Osmani kick). K—Tostrud, 14 pass from Martin (run failed). L—Angelo Camalieri, 33 pass from Surges (kick failed). K—Marquon Williams, 17 pass from Martin (pass failed).
Statistics: First downs K 22, B 16. Rushing—K 24-78, B 54-286. Yards passing—K 370, B 124. Passes—K 39-22-0. B 9-4-0. Fumbles—K 2-0, B 1-0. Penalties—K 11-83, B 3-20.
Last updated: 12:42 am Saturday, October 21, 2017