Kewaunee smothers Sturgeon Bay
BY JOSH STALOCH
KEWAUNEE – The Kewaunee High football team kept its perfect season rolling with a lopsided week seven win against Sturgeon Bay at home, defeating the Clippers 56-8 behind another big night from running back Owen Carlson and a second quarter that saw the home team score 35 points to put the game out of reach early.
“I think we’re starting to come together, things are starting to click,” said Storm head coach Randy Charles following his squad’s latest Packerland Conference victory. “We’re working as a unit now and that’s very important, especially this time of year. This late in the season, we’re looking to build some momentum and they did a good job out there tonight.”
This one was never in question as the Storm led wire-to-wire and they did it emphatically.
On the opening drive of the night, Carlson, working on first down, reeled off a 46-yard run to get the ball to the eight-yard line before running it in on the next play, giving Kewaunee a 7-0 early lead following the Maddix Mueller kick.
The Clippers couldn’t do anything against the Storm’s defense on their first drive and the home team took over at its own 40.
Kewaunee’s offense didn’t spend a lot of time on the field during the series as Carlson took a carry on first down all the way into the end zone for a 60-yard scoring play.
The highlight reel run put Carlson at 114 yards and two touchdowns.
On three carries.
The Clippers then responded with a solid drive of their own as quarterback Danny Lodl led the team down field and into the red zone against a stout Kewaunee defensive unit.
On a third down play from only a few yards shy of the goal line, Lodl fired a pass to the back of the end zone that got deflected but somehow managed to end up in the hands of Bryce Plzak for a touchdown that brought the score to 14-8 following a two-point conversion.
The ensuing kickoff was a low wobbler that hit the ground and crawled up the sideline in front of the visiting team’s bench for a handful of yards before Kewaunee return man Mueller scooped it up.
Mueller made a quick decision to swing his return all the way to the other side of the field, where his teammates were doing a tremendous job of clearing the way for him. Mueller made the most out of the blocking clinic his special teams cohorts were putting on for him by running for an 85-yard touchdown to make it 21-8.
Another Clippers drive came up short against the Kewaunee defense and the Storm took over at their own 20.
Quarterback Tom Stangel got the drive started with a nice pass to Mueller for 16 yards before Carlson brought another quick end to the series by blasting through the line for a 62-yard scoring run to make it 28-8.
The Kewaunee defense again made quick work of Sturgeon Bay’s next drive to force a three-and-out and a punt, which Carlson ran back 53 yards for the fourth of his six touchdowns on the evening.
“When you can make explosive plays early, you can take control of the game early,” Charles said. “Now, it’s just one game at a time. We still have a long journey ahead of us and we need to make sure we don’t become satisfied.”