Things escalated quickly for Janesville Craig’s football team Friday night, and not in a good way.
DeForest opened up a 26-0 lead after one quarter and rolled to a 53-0 Badger Large Conference win.
The Norskies scored all their points in the first half, and the entire second half was played with a running clock.
Craig (1-3, 1-1) turned the ball over three times and managed only 159 yards of total offense.
“It’s frustrating when you can’t move the ball and you go three-and-out on nearly every possession,” Craig coach Adam Bunderson said.
“But give credit to DeForest. They might be a state championship team. They were big and strong and more physical than we were.”
DeForest (4-0, 2-0)—ranked sixth among state large schools by The Associated Press and fourth in Division 2 by Wissports.net—took advantage of two long interception returns for touchdowns to extend the lead in the second quarter.
In the second quarter, DeForest scored twice on long interception returns—a 92-yard runback by Logan Engeseth and a 100-yard return by Deven Magli.
Despite the lopsided loss, Bunderson liked his team’s effort from start to finish.
“What I’m most proud of is the fact that our kids competed on every play like the score was 0-0,” Bunderson said. “There was no complaining on the sidelines and nobody stopped playing.”
Hunter Klietz threw for 106 yards despite the two interceptions and Owen Shucha rushed for 66 yards.
“We know what we have to do to get better and we’ll work hard on that. I’m disappointed in the loss, and we need stop hurting ourselves with the turnovers and penalties, but I feel good about the attitude this team has going forward.”
Craig hosts Oregon (2-2, 1-1) next Friday at Monterey Stadium.
DEFOREST 53, CRAIG 0
Janesville Craig 0 0 0 0—0
DeForest 26 27 0 0—53
D—Cale Drinka 8 run (Tisch kick). D—Max Weisbrod 26 pass from Mason Keyes (Tisch kick). D—Alex Winters 11 pass from Keyes (kick failed). D—Drinka 68 run (run failed). D—Logan Engeseth 92 interception return (Tisch kick). D—Aydin Kelliher 29 pass from Keyes (Tisch kick). D—Deven Magli 100 interception return (pass failed). D—Kelliher 32 pass from Keyes (Tisch kick).
First downs—C 11, D 12. Rushes—C 35-71, D 18-167. Yards passing—C 88, D 102. Passes—C 18-7-2, D 7-5-0. Fumbles—C 1-1, D 1-1. Penalties—C 13-110, D 4-19.