University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football coach Kevin Bullis was plenty pleased with his team’s performance Saturday.
Part of that pleasure came in seeing how deep his roster is. If Saturday is any indication of what the roster holds, other teams should be wary. The Warhawks downed visiting Middle Georgia State University 73-0.
“It’s like gold,” Bullis said of getting the depth players into a game.
“It’s one thing to see it in practice. Yes, we have to see it in practice. We have to see consistent production, but a game will really give you a perspective of where a guy is at right now and where they need to go from that point on.
“These game snaps that we were able to give them is another evaluation.”
The Warhawks got plenty of it, too. By the second quarter, numerous starters were on the bench. Five different quarterbacks played at least a snap for the Warhawks. Seven different players scored touchdowns.
The Warhawks got on the board early with a pair of safeties. Sophomore running back Alex Peete added a 6-yard touchdown run and quarterback Cole Wilber threw a pair of touchdown passes to give Whitewater a 25-0 lead after the first quarter. By halftime, Peete had another score, and the Warhawks led 56-0.
The defense also played well with the backups. The Warhawks allowed the Knights to finish with just six first downs and less than 100 yards of total offense. Along with the safeties, sophomore defensive back Tommy Matoska added a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown.
“We set ourselves to a pretty high standard. We pride ourselves on stopping the run to keep teams one dimensional and we did that. We had a pretty good day on the rushing yards,” said senior linebacker Bryce Leszczynski.
As for what the second and third team defense did? The senior starter was just as proud.
“We tell them that they have to pride themselves in the defense they play in, and they did that. It was great to see that all around as a defense.”
The Warhawks have a bye this week before starting WIAC play Sept. 29 with a visit to UW-La Crosse.
WHITEWATER 73, MIDDLE GEORGIA STATE 0
Middle Georgia State 0 0 0 0—0
Whitewater 25 21 10 7—73
Scoring: UWW—Safety. UWW—Peete 6 run (Wojciech Gasienica kick). UWW-Safety. UWW—Ryan Wisniewski 44 pass from Wilber (Gasienica kick). UWW—Mitchell Dess 19 pass from Wilber (Gasienica kick). UWW—Peete 9 run (Gasienica kick). UWW—Ronny Ponik 1 run (Gasienica kick). UWW—Andy Cooper 36 pass from Zach Oles (Gasienica kick). UWW—Gasienica 22 field goal. UWW—Matoska 22 interception return (Gasienica kick). UWW—Zach Lichosik 32 field goal. UWW—Brennen Demark 18 run (Lichosik kick). UWW—Nyrel Sullivan 10 run (Lichosik kick).
Statistics: First downs—MGA 6, UWW 24. Rushing—MGA 30-17, UWW 45-330. Passing yards—MGA 38, UWW 224. Passes—MGA 19-5-2, UWW 21-10-0. Fumbles—MGA 1-1, UWW 1-1. Penalties—MGA 7-49, UWW 6-45.