Comets soar with Fowlkes, Fritzinger

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Tim Wester/Special to the Gazette
August 28, 2010
— Last season, Whitewater High and Delavan-Darien spent the fourth quarter of their football opener running from the lightning during a heavy thunderstorm that ended the game prematurely.

This time around, on a clear late summer night, the only flashes of light were from the cameras that seemingly flashed every time Delavan-Darien running back Justin Fowlkes touched the ball.

Fowlkes dazzled the Comet fans with four first-half touchdowns, including a 91-yard kickoff return on the first play of the season to lead the way to Delavan-Darien’s dominating 62-7 victory over the Whippets in another nonconference opener Friday night.

Delavan-Darien quarterback Austin Fritzinger also had touchdown runs of 18 and 15 yards and added a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Hesebeck to lead the Comets’ decisive victory.

Overall, Delavan-Darien buried the Whippets with a 371-yard ground game. Fowlkes had six carries for 103 yards, and Fritzinger had five attempts for 102. Ricky Wojciechowski added eight carries for 119 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown run.

“We just preach to our kids about execution in all three aspects of the game,” Delavan-Darien coach Steve Tenhagen said. “It’s not one player that makes the difference, but the team effort throughout the night, and I think we did a good job of showing that in all aspects.”

Team speed didn’t hurt the Comets’ cause, either.

“They were so much faster than us, and we were worried about the team speed, and it showed.” said first-year Whitewater coach Ben Cooper. “They were getting into our second level before we could react to it.’’

Delavan-Darien’s superior speed was evident from the opening kick when Fowlkes sprinted around the Whippets to put the Comets up 7-0.

After a short Whitewater punt, Fowlkes followed Fritzinger’s 39-yard run with a 6-yard touchdown run around the left end to make it 14-0 with 8:46 left in the first quarter.

Whitewater never answered on offense, which left the defense at the mercy of the Comets’ offense.

Fowlkes and Fritzinger then combined to score five more first-half touchdowns to build the lead to 48-0.

“We like to run the spread offense, and we like to spread the field as much as we can,” Tenhagen said. “Our team speed allowed us to go out on the edge tonight, and our backs and receivers made some big plays. Hopefully, tonight is just the stepping-stone to what we do offensively this year.”

Whitewater finally found something to build on in the third quarter when Ryan Owen hit Lucas Van Norman on 17-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 48-7.

But it was all Delavan-Darien again after that as the Comets closed out the game with two more touchdowns.


Whitewater 0 0 7 0—7

Delavan-Darien 27 21 0 14—62

Scoring summary: DD—Justin Fowlkes, 91 kickoff return (Alex Limones kick). DD—Fowlkes, 6 run (Limones kick). DD—Austin Fritzinger, 17 run (Limones kick). DD—Jordan Hesebeck, 20 pass from Fritzinger (kick failed). DD—Fowlkes, 34 run (Limones kick). DD—Fowkles, 46 run (16 Limones kick). DD—Fritzinger, 15 run (Limones kick). W—Lucas Van Norman, 17 pass from Ryan Owen (Josh Rogers kick). DD—Ricky Wojciechowski, 64 run DD—Justin Held, 35 interception return (Fowlkes kick).

Statistics: First downs—W 7, DD 15. Rushing—W 25-70, DD 27-371. Yards passing—W 92, DD 70. Passes—W 16-5-3, DD 10-6-0. Fumbles—W 0, DD 0. Penalties—W 5-30, DD 11-80.

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