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Badgers's ground game smashes Comets

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Tim Wester/Spcial to the Gazette
September 17, 2011
— It was retro night for Lake Geneva Badger High School’s football team

The Badgers took their fans down memory lane to simpler days of sloppy grass, old-style goal posts and, of course, smash-mouth football.


Badger (4-1, 3-0) ran 46 times for 451 yards and even threw in one passing attempt for good measure and hammered defending champion Delavan-Darien, 56-7, in a Southern Lakes Conference battle here Friday night.


Badger quarterback Peter Krien rolled up three first-half touchdown runs straight out of the old option playbook, while running back Chris Walker added two touchdown runs to lead the dominating ground attack.


“It was pretty typical,” Badger coach Matt Hensler said in regard to his 46-1 run-to-pass ratio. “We’ve got a lot of experience in our backfield, and our offensive line is finally starting to play low and get off the ball.”


The Badger performance certainly impressed Delavan-Darien coach Steve Tenhagen, whose team’s 21st Century spread offense was shut done for just the second time this year.


“They are a very good football team,” Tenhagen said of the Badgers, who dropped Delavan-Darien to 2-1 in the conference and 3-2 overall. “Beginning the season, they were picked to be at the top of the conference race, and no doubt they proved it to us tonight.”


Badger didn’t waste time proving that point in the first quarter. The Badgers rolled up a 10-play, 73-yard scoring drive on their opening possession that was capped by Krien’s 6-yard touchdown run.


Krien added scoring runs of 42 and 20 yards to help the Badgers get touchdowns on all seven of their first half possessions.


“We try to play smash-mouth football and try to set the tone right away,” Hensler said. “We had two real physical drives to start out with and then outside game started going.”


Walker led the outside running game with touchdown runs of 11 and 47 yards. Ed Ruzga and Anthony Johnson also added first-half touchdown runs of 12 and 9 yards, respectively, to give the Badgers a 49-0 halftime lead.


The Comets finally answered in the third quarter on Danny Supernaw’s 37-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Hudson. But Badger running back Andrew Allen answered with a 20-yard touchdown run to seal the victory.


“We hope this is the start of something,” Hensler said. “Obviously, it’s a good feeling being 3-0 in conference, but this just means that next week means something more.”


BADGER 56, DELAVAN-DARIEN 7


Delavan-Darien 0 0 7 0—7


Lake Geneva Badger 35 14 0 7—56


Scoring summary: LGB—Peter Krien, 6 run (Peter Karr kick). LGB—Krien, 42 run (Karr kick). LGB—Chris Walker, 11 run (Karr kick). LGB—Walker, 47 run (Karr kick). Ed Ruzga, 12 run (Karr kick). LGB—Krien, 20 run (Karr kick). LGB—Robert Johnson, 7 run (Karr kick). DD—Marcus Hudson, 37 pass from Danny Supernaw (Alexander Limones kick). LGN—Andrew Allen, 20 run (Karr kick).


Statistics: First downs—DD 7, LGB 24. Yards Rushing—DD 19-63, LGB 46-451. Yards passing—DD 100, LGB 0. Passes—DD 26-7-1, LGB 1-0-0. Fumbles—DD 1-1, LGB 1-1. Penalties—DD 4-30, LGB 6-50.



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