Comets edge Elkhorn
Unfortunately for Wilson, the Comets were even better in person.
Quarterback Michael Gonzalez ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead Delavan-Darien to a satisfying 28-26 victory over Southern Lakes Conference rival Elkhorn here Friday night.
By posting its fourth straight victory, Delavan-Darien (5-3, 3-2) is in position to earn its first WIAA playoff berth since 2006. Meanwhile, Elkhorn fells to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the Southern Lakes.
“We played very tough teams early and played them pretty well before losing close games to Big Foot and Waterford,” Delavan-Darien coach Steve Tenhagen said. “But the difference over the last couple of weeks is that we have found ways to make those plays that finally got us over that hump.”
Gonzalez certainly has made many of those big plays, especially against Elkhorn. With his team clinging to a one-point lead early in the fourth quarter, Gonzalez connected with Ben Lodahl for a 58-yard touchdown pass to lift the Comets to a 21-13 advantage.
Elkhorn quarterback Eric Bryson responded with consecutive runs of 23 and 30 yards that put the Elks at the Comets’ 1-yard line. Ethan Lockhart then spun into the end zone and trimmed the deficit to 21-19. A failed two-point conversion run kept the Comet advantage at two.
But the Elks couldn’t corral Gonzalez, who broke a tackle and outran the rest of the defense for a 39-yard touchdown run to lift the Comets to a two-possession lead, 28-19.
“We hadn’t beaten this team in a while, so somebody had to step and beat these guys,” Gonzalez said.
Bryson countered Gonzalez’s feat with a 60-yard touchdown run on the ensuing possession to trim the lead to 28-26, but the Comets hung on from there.
“I watched the Delavan-Waterford tape, and I said they (the Comets) have a nice offense. I watched the Delavan-Lake Geneva game and said, “They’re tough,’” Wilson said.
“Then I watched this game, and they spread you out, and you have to make open field tackles, and we weren’t able to do that.”
Wilson’s Elks jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter behind Bryson’s 51-yard touchdown pass and Lockhart’s 3-yard touchdown run.
Delavan-Darien took the lead for good on two quick touchdown runs of 10 and 8 from Gonzalez and Lodahl, respectively.
DELAVAN-DARIEN 28, ELKHORN 26
Elkhorn 13 0 0 13—26
Delavan-Darien 7 7 0 14—28
Scoring summary: E—Ross Olson, 50 pass from Eric Bryson (kick failed). E—Ethan Lockhart, 3 run (Jake Gahart kick). DD—Michael Gonzalez, 10 run (Nathan Boltz kick). DD—Ben Lodahl, 8 run (Boltz kick). DD—Lodahl, 58 pass from Gonzalez (Boltz kick). E—Lockhart, 1 run (kick failed). DD—Gonzalez, 39 run (Boltz kick). E—Bryson, 60 run (Gahart kick).
Statistics: First downs—E 17, DD 19. Rushing—46-423, DD 41-258. Yards passing—E 72, DD 132. Passes—E 12-4-4, DD 17-8-1. Fumbles—E 1-0, E 2-2. Penalties—E 4-25, DD 4-45.
Wilmot 14, Westosha Central 6—Tyler Rowland rushed for 156 yards and caught passes for 25 more to lead Wilmot past visiting Westosha Central.
Wilmot rallied from a 6-0 first-quarter deficit.
WILMOT 14, WESTOSHA 6
Westosha 6 0 0 0—6
Wilmot 7 0 0 7—14
Scoring summary: WC—-Jennings, 1 run (run failed). Wil—Tyler Rowland, 32 run (Tenhagen kick). Wil—Corey Cates, 40 pass from Tenhagen (Tenhagen kick).