Big Foot shows its still has the power
DELAVAN Former Walworth Big Foot High School all-state offensive lineman and now Wisconsin Badger freshman starter Travis Frederick may be gone, but he didn’t take the Chiefs’ power running attack with him.
Just ask Delavan-Darien.
Big Foot (2-0) rolled up 352 rushing yards and flattened Delavan-Darien, 48-19, in a nonconference game here Friday night to give the Chiefs their 21st straight regular-season win.
The Chiefs’ impressive running game was a certain sign their rebuilt offensive line won’t miss a beat.
“What impressed me the most is our offensive line play,” Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig said. “We obviously lost a couple key guys, but there were plays where we were moving guys off the ball, and we had several long drives starting from inside our 20 yard line. Throw in over 80 offensive plays, and it was a good night.”
Big Foot’s running game got going after a Chiefs’ interception at the Comets’ 30-yard line. Mike Walker quickly capitalized with a 5-yard touchdown run that put his team up 7-0 midway through the first quarter.
Delavan-Darien promptly stormed back on the next play with a Martin Figueroa’s 80-yard kickoff return to even the score at 7-7 .
But the Chiefs’ offensive line took over from there. It led the charge on a 13-play, 86-yard scoring drive, capped by Steve Dowden’s 26-yard pass to Alec McGreevy to put Big Foot up 14-7 late in the first period.
Big Foot made it 21-7 on an 11-play, 82-yard, drive capped by a Jon Petkoff’s 2-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.
The Comets finally responded with an Austin Fritzinger 35-yard touchdown pass to Justin Fowlkes to pull within 21-13 with 1:27 left in the second.
But the Comet defense simply couldn’t stop the Chiefs’ running game.
Jordan Gottman and Petkoff chipped in touchdown runs of 10 and 1 yards, respectively, and Dowden added a 5-yard touchdown pass to McGreevy to give Big Foot a commanding 41-19 lead with 49 seconds left in the third quarter.
“Big Foot is a really good football team,” said Delavan-Darien coach Steve Tenhagen, whose team fell to 1-1. “They came out and played physical and executed on both sides of the ball, and made some big plays.”
Petkoff put the finishing touches on the Big Foot rout with a 20-yard touchdown interception return.
“I told our guys that this was a measuring-stick game for us,” Wedig said. “We were still kind of unsure after our first game, and to come here and play a quality football team and be able to move the ball offensively and play good defense, I can’t complain with our effort.”
BIG FOOT 48, DELAVAN-DARIEN 19
Walworth Big Foot 14 13 14 7—48
Delavan-Darien 7 6 6 0—19
Scoring summary: WBF—Michael Walkerr, 5 run (Sean Kivlin kick). DD—Martin Figueroa, 80 kickoff return (Connor Kolanda kick). WBF—Alec McGreevy, 26 pass from Steve Dowden (Kivlin kick). WBF—Jon Petkoff, 2 run (Kivlin kick). DD—Justin Fowlkes, 35 pass from Austin Fritzinger (kick failed). WBF—Petkoff, 10 run (kick failed). WBF—McGreevy, 5 pass from Dowden (Kivlin kick). DD—Figueroa, 40 interception return (extra point failed). WBF—Petkoff, 1 run (Petkoff kick). WBF—Pertkoff, 20 interception return (Kivlin kick).
Statistics: First downs—WBF 24, DD 7. Rushing—WBF 56-352, DD 15-32. Yards passing—WBF 168, DD 97. Passes—WBF 20-12-3, DD 23-8-4. Fumbles—WBF 5-2, DD 0-0. Penalties—WBF 6-40, DD 6-53.