DeForest handles Milton
The DeForest High School football coach certainly found the right ingredient to knock off any rust his Norskies built up after sitting idle for 18 days.
Or they were just sick and tired of hitting each other.
In any case, DeForest quickly dispatched of Milton here Tuesday, scoring touchdowns on its first two drives to ignite a 31-6 victory in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs.
DeForest (8-2), which had not played a game since Oct. 9 due to the H1N1 virus that infected Baraboo and Mount Horeb-Barneveld and led to forfeits, will play Waunakee (9-1) Saturday in the second round.
"I think our kids were anxious to play tonight," Minick said.
That showed as DeForest ended Milton's opening drive with an interception and 27-yard return to the Red Hawks' 18 by linebacker Mitch Hanson. Four straight runs by Cory Wipperfurth ended with his 9-yard touchdown around the left end.
Wipperfurth also capped the next DeForest possession with a 9-yard run up the middle for a 13-0 lead. The senior finished with 240 yards on 37 carries and scored the first three touchdowns.
The Norskies outgained Milton 345-131 and did not allow the Red Hawks (7-3) to score until 2:04 remained in the game.
"Those guys controlled the line of scrimmage on us," Milton coach Jeff Bachinski said. "They moved the ball very, very well tonight."
After falling behind and finding no room to run, Milton was forced to the air. Juniore quarterback Nathan Hammon completed six of his 20 passes for 68 yards, but he couldn't break through for a score until connecting on a 9-yard pass to Brandon Farnsworth in the final minutes.
Milton also had four turnovers, which included Brian Feltz's 25-yard fumble return for a touchdown to cap the Norskies' scoring.
"They filled all the gaps and controlled our guys on the line of scrimmage," Bachinski said. "They owned the line of scrimmage, offensively and defensively, all night. And unfortunately when that happens, our quarterback is running for his life."
DeFOREST 31, MILTON 6
Milton 0 0 0 6ó0
DeForest 6 7 6 12ó31
Scoring summary: DóCory Wipperfurth, 9 run (kick failed). DóWipperfurth, 9 run (Steve Hoffman kick). DóWipperfurth, 6 run (kick failed). DóRyan Sands, 13 run (kick failed) DóBrian Feltz, 25 fumble return (kick failed) MóBrandon Farnsworth, 9 pass from Nathan Hammon (kick failed).
Statistics: First downsóM 7, D 19. RushingóM 24-63, D 57-298. Yards passingóM 63, D 47. PassesóM 20-6-2, D 11-4-2. FumblesóM 3-2, D 2-1. PenaltiesóM- 3-15, D 11-83.