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Big Foot stamps out Saint Francis

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Mike Ramzcyk
October 24, 2007
— Rock Valley champion Walworth Big Foot High School lived up to its title Tuesday night in a first-round WIAA Division 4 football playoff victory.

The No. 3-ranked Chiefs, playing off the momentum from their huge 21-15 victory over Evansville in last week’s title showdown, punished St. Francis, 35-0, here Tuesday night.


Big Foot (10-0) dominated on both sides of the ball, including special teams, en route to a second-round rematch with Evansville (8-2) on Saturday.


Chiefs coach Rodney Wedig thought his team did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage.


“They came out ready, especially after an emotional victory over Evansville.” Wedig said. “We were much more physical than them. We took care of business.”


The Big Foot running game was superior all night, racking up 304 yards on 35 carries to St. Francis’ 87 yards on 24 attempts.


T.J. Schaid scored on runs of 68 and 47 yards, exhibiting power, raw speed and agility to avoid St. Francis defenders.


Wedig praised Schaid’s explosiveness.


“He’s got football speed,” Wedig said. “He’s so explosive, and he’s really developed into that home-run guy.”


Big Foot started slowly, but it got its first score by the end of the first quarter. After a short punt put the Chiefs in St. Francis territory, junior Mike Crusan took four straight handoffs and scored on a 1-yard run.


After a few nice stops on defense, Big Foot jumped out to a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter when Schaid simply outran the St. Francis secondary on a 68-yard touchdown jaunt.


St. Francis fumbled on its next possession, and Big Foot recovered at the Mariners’ 27, then scored in four plays. Senior quarterback Andy Jinkins found sophomore Nathan Nagel for a 15-yard pass play, setting up Jinkins’ touchdown sneak from a yard out.


Mike Walker turned a short screen pass from Jinkins into a 47-yard touchdown play with two minutes remaining in the first half to give Big Foot a commanding 28-7 lead.


So now, Wedig is anticipating another battle in the rematch with Evansville.


“The Rock Valley is a lot better than people give it credit for. It will be last man standing on Saturday,” Wedig said. “Evansville will be angry. We plan on coming out and controlling the line of scrimmage like we’ve been doing all year.”


BIG FOOT 35, ST. FRANCIS 0


St. Francis 0 0 0 0—0


Walworth Big Foot 7 21 7 0


Scoring summary: WBF—Mike Crusan, 1 run (Andriew Fox). WBF—T.J. Schaid, 68 run (Fox kick). WBF—Andy Jinkins, 1 run (Fox kick). WBF—Mike Walker, 47 pass from Jinkins (Fox kick). WBF—Schaid, 47 run (Fox kick).


Statistics: First downs—SF 9, WBF 16. Rushing—SF 24-87, WBF 35-304. Yards passing—SF 66, WBF 181. Passes—SF 20-7-1, WBF 10-6-0. Fuimbles—SF 2-1, WBF 1-1. Penalties—SF 2-15, WBF 6-55.




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