Badger pounds Racine Horlick for 16-7 win
LAKE GENEVA—There may not be another high school football team that looks more at ease battling a brutally cold October night than Lake Geneva Badger, especially with head coach Matt Hensler leading his team onto the field in cargo shorts.
The Badgers took pride in trouble, cutting through a cold, gusty wind with a pair of trademark, smash-mouth-style scoring drives that helped turn an early deadlock into a 16-7 victory over Racine Horlick (4-6) here in a WIAA Division 1 Level 1 game Friday evening.
Lake Geneva running back Matt Reynolds led the attack with a pair of touchdown runs while kicker Donny Schnurrer booted a 25-yard field goal to lead Lake Geneva Badger (8-2) into a Level 2 matchup with Marquette University High School.
Marquette (8-2) punched its ticket to the next round with a decisive 41-15 victory over Milwaukee Riverside.
“It’s always up to the boys on the field, and they did a tremendous job executing our gameplan,” Hensler said. “Our kids were a little jittery at the beginning, but they got it together and played really hard.”
Badger’s hard work paid immediate dividends with a punishing eight-play, 72-yard scoring drive, capped by Reynolds’ 1-yard touchdown run.
After both teams exchanged punts, the Rebels took advantage of a short field and drew even behind Leon Reyes’ 32-yard touchdown run through the heart of the Badgers’ defense.
Just when the athletic Rebels were poised to take control of the game, Lake Geneva went to work on a black-and-blue, 15-play, 74-yard scoring drive that ate up almost all of the final six minutes of the second quarter.
Reynolds again added the finishing touches with a 3-yard touchdown run to put the home team ahead 13-7.
“Our defensive coaches will tell you that the best defense is a good offense,” Hensler said. “And we did a good job keeping their (Horlick’s) really talented athletes off the field. That drive was awesome.”
The Badgers later added one more impressive 12-play scoring drive in the third that was capped by Schnurrer’s 25-yard field goal.
The Rebels made one last bid to sneak back into the game midway through the fourth, but the Badgers stopped the momentum with a blocked field goal to seal the victory.
“They (Horlick) came in confident and excited, and I think they expected to beat us here at home,” Hensler said. “But our kids did their best to turn them back.”