Eventually, Zach Loew and the New Lisbon run game prevailed over Miles Saylor and the Necedah passing game.
The Rockets returned their overall record above the .500 mark on Friday with a rushing attack that totaled nearly 500 yards. Loew led the way with 308 yards on 13 carries, including three touchdowns in New Lisbon’s 58-34 win.
Gunnar Pedersen added two touchdowns and 98 yards on 12 carries for the Rockets, who ended the game with 481 yards on the ground. Sam and Jake Rogers added a rushing touchdown each. The ground game helped New Lisbon keep the advantage despite Necedah’s air attack.
Saylor went 31-for-49, throwing for 338 yards and a pair of touchdowns but the Rockets intercepted two other of his passes. Jaron Murphy also threw for a 34-yard touchdown pass, which was his lone completion in six attempts. New Lisbon intercepted him once.
Two of Necedah’s touchdown receptions were made by Tyler Reichel, who combined with Murphy for more than 300 receiving yards in the game. Reichel made 17 catches for 182 yards and Murphy had 10 catches for 151 yards and one touchdown. Murphy also had 50 yards rushing on nine carries; Saylor led the Necedah rushing attack with 85 yards on 13 carries.
Pedersen completed all three of his pass attempts for the Rockets and made an interception on defense, which he led with 13 tackles. Loew also had an interception; Robert Robinson had 11 tackles and Cody Haschke had two catches for 78 yards.
Lane Meltesen and Dylan Teumer had 10 tackles each for the Necedah defense.
The Rockets improved to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the Scenic Bluffs Conference while Necedah dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-5 in the conference. New Lisbon goes to Royall this week for an important game in both the conference and playoff picture; the teams are tied for third in the conference. Necedah hosts Cashton on Friday.
Royall 46, Cashton 0
The Royall offense nearly reached 500 yards of total offense in its shutout win over Cashton.
Josh Kolodzinski completed four of his eight pass attempts to total 130 yards passing and two touchdowns while Adrian Reneau led the ground game with 161 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
The Panthers’ rushing game also had depth with three additional backs reaching the end zone. Seth Brown had 100 yards rushing and a touchdown; Logan Rego had 74 yards and a touchdown while Noah Friedl had 23 yards and a score. Friedl also led the defense with nine tackles and Brown added seven; both had interceptions for the Panthers.
One of Kolodzinski’s touchdown passes was a 76-yard connection with Dane Hyer; Nick Murray also caught a touchdown pass.
Royall improved to 2-2 in the Scenic Bluffs Conference to remain in a 3rd-place tie with New Lisbon and 3-4 overall. The teams trail Bangor and Brookwood, both of which earned wins on Friday to remain undefeated (4-0) in conference play.
The tie between the Panthers and Rockets likely will be broken on Friday, when they meet at Royall for sole ownership of third in the conference and to help secure a postseason bid.
Despite barely reaching 100 yard of total offense in the game, the Wolves still had a chance to add their second victory of the season.
Belmont took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter with a pair of touchdown runs but the Wolves returned to within a score before the second. Quintin Peasel found Harrison Boland for a 28-yard touchdown pass. The 2-point conversion failed and the score remained 14-6.
Neither team scored in the second quarter though the Wolves posted the first score of the second half. Peasel connected with Mike Severson on a 20-yard touchdown pass. Belmont again denied the 2-point conversion attempt, leaving the Wolves with a two-point deficit at 14-12.
Unfortunately for Wonewoc-Center, that second touchdown pass brought its final points of the game. Belmont scored a rushing touchdown and returned a fumble recovery before the end of the third and a scoreless fourth quarter.
Belmont held the Wolves to just 28 total yards rushing and 73 yards passing. Brad West had 26 yards on nine carries and Brennan Durst had 21 yards on eight carries; the remaining Wonewoc-Center backs combined for minus-19 yards on eight carries.
Peasel went 4-for-8 and passed for 70 yards; Monty Jennings completed one pass and had his other two attempts intercepted. Boland had 53 yards on four catches for the Wolves.
Wonewoc-Center dropped to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the Ridge & Valley Conference. This week the Wolves host DeSoto.