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Big Foot's ground game wears down Comets

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Tim Wester, Special to the Gazette
August 27, 2011
— After watching Delavan-Darien and Walworth Big Foot football teams combine for nine first-half turnovers and 12 penalties, Big Foot High coach Rodney Wedig admitted the game wasn’t easy on the eyes.

That’s why the veteran coach relied on the legs of power running back Mason Dixon to wear down the Comets en route to a rugged 21-7 nonconference victory here Friday night.


Big Foot, a four-time defending champion in the Rock Valley, did all its damage in the first half behind Dixon’s touchdown runs of 32 and 4 yards and Kenneth Walker’s 44-yard touchdown run to lift the Chiefs (2-0) to victory.


“The game wasn’t aesthetically pleasing,” Wedig said. “Tonight, we turned the ball over and had a couple big plays called back and a lot of penalties that we need to get fixed for next week. But we did enough to win.”


Delavan-Darien, meanwhile, wasn’t able to get past its own mistakes. The young Comets, who are returning only five starters from last year’s Southern Lakes championship team, had six turnovers and eight penalties in the first half.


“When you have a young team, you sometimes get in a situation where you have to do your growing up on the field,” Delavan-Darien coach Steve Tenhagen said after his team fell to 1-1. “Hopefully, we can take a look at the mistakes on film and build on it.”


The film will show two early Comet turnovers leading to 14 points for Big Foot. After the Chiefs recovered a fumble at the Comet 37, Dixon charged through the middle of the field for a 32-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter.


Then, after a second Comet fumble at the Big Foot 47, Dixon made it 14-0 with a 4-yard touchdown run with 2:47 left in the first quarter.


Delavan-Darien first-year quarterback Danny Supernaw finally got the offense rolling with a five-play 85-yard scoring drive that was capped by his 7-yard touchdown run to pull his team within 14-7 midway through the second quarter.


But Walker stymied the Comets’ momentum with a 44-yard touchdown run late in the first half to make it 21-7. The Comets didn’t have an answer for the Chiefs the rest of the way.


“They loaded the box and dared us to throw, because they have the athletes to do that,” Wedig said. “And I tried to soften them up with the pass, but I told our guys it’s time to do what we do best and try to grind it out. I think that wore them down a little bit.”


BIG FOOT 21, DELAVAN-DARIEN 7


Walworth Big Foot 14 7 0 0— 21


Delavan-Darien 0 7 0 0—7


Scoring Summary: WBF—Mason Dixon, 32 run (Ian Gallagher kick). WBF—Dixon 4 run (Gallagher kick). DD—Danny Supernaw, 7 run (Alex Limones kick). WBF—Kenneth Walker, 44 run (Gallagher kick).


Statistics: First downs—WBF 20, DD 14. Rushing—WBF 52-360, DD 26-88. Yards passing—WBF 78, D 220. Passes—WBF 11-4-2, DD 29-12-3. Fumbles WBF 3-2, DD 4-3. Penalties—WBF 12-75, DD 8-70



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