Evansville heads for rematch with Big Foot
The Blue Devils, who had their five-year Rock Valley title run and 32-game conference win streak snapped last week by Walworth Big Foot, rebounded in the first round of the WIAA Division 4 football playoffs. Evansville scored touchdowns on its first six possessions for a 42-0 halftime lead to oust Belleville-Albany, 49-7.
With the win, Evansville gets a rematch with Big Foot, which topped the Blue Devils 21-15 to capture the Rock Valley title. The Chiefs (10-0) blanked St. Francis, 35-0, Tuesday and will host Evansville (8-2) on Saturday.
“It feels great to get Big Foot again,” Evansville running back Derek Cashore. “We didn’t come out with the right intensity against them last time, but we’ll be ready this time.”
Cashore got things rolling for the Blue Devils on Tuesday, scoring three first-half touchdowns while posting 104 yards rushing on 11 carries. The junior opened the game with three straight carries for seven, 12 and 13 yards, respectively, setting up Andrew Keister’s 41-yard quarterback scramble up the middle for a touchdown.
By halftime, Evansville had outgained the Wildcats 340-55, which included a 234-0 rushing advantage.
“We are capable of doing the little things right,” Evansville coach Ron Grovesteen said. “Sometimes you get a good break and it goes. We’ve got some backs that can run.”
Back-up Josh Halvensleben proved that point by adding 123 yards on six carries, including two touchdown sprints down the sideline of 56 and 41 yards. Meanwhile, Keister completed six of 10 passes for 106 yards to go along with his touchdown run.
Belleville-Albany (4-6) couldn’t keep pace. The Wildcats trailed 21-0 before gaining their initial first down in the second quarter and faced a running clock for the entire second half.
Tailback Adam Askey, who had 1,418 yards heading into the game, including 244 yards in his regular-season finale against Lodi, was held to 24 yards on 10 carries.
“We prepared well all week, and our line controlled the line of scrimmage,” Cashore said. “We came out really strong.”
EVANSVILLE 49, BELLEVILLE/ALBANY 7
Belleville/Abany 0 0 7 0—7
Evansville 14 28 0 7—49
Scoring summary: E—Andrew Keister, 41 run (Cody Thompson kick). E—Derek Cashore, 6 run (Thompson kick) E—Cashore, 18 run (Thompson kick). E—Adam George, 26 run (Thompson kick). E—Josh Halvensleben, 56 run (Thompson kick). E—Cashore, 13 run (Thompson kick). B/A—Billy Stuessy, 6 run (Mauricio Amigo kick), E—Halvensleben, 41 run (Thompson kick).
Statistics: First downs—B/A 10, E 10, Rushing—B/A 12. E 308. Yards passing—B/A 108, E 106. Passes—B/A 29-11-1, E 10-6-1. Fumbles—B/A 3-0, E 1-1. Penalties—B/A 4-20, E 6-60.