Nothing gives a football team a boost of confidence like a shutout on the road, especially in the first game of the season.
Weyauwega-Fremont opened the 2010 season Friday with a 14-0 nonconference win over Adams-Friendship on the Green Devils’ home field.
The W-F defense rose to the occasion several times, as the Green Devils turned the ball over four times on fumbles and did not cross the Indians’ 20-yard line.
Quarterback Eric Keenan had a hand in both touchdowns in the third quarter with a 52-yard run to cap an eight-play, 64-yard drive. He later connected with Kyle Loughrin on a 22-yard touchdown pass.
Casey Haase led the W-F defense with 12 tackles, a caused fumble and a recovered fumble, while linebackers Eric Jorgenson and Tommy Meehan chipped in with 11 and seven tackles, respectively.
“Eric and Trevor Potratz each had good nights with seven and five tackles apiece and Nick Stelzner had a stellar game as well with five tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss,” coach Tom Chase said. “We shut down a very explosive Green Devil offense and limited their output. Defensive coach Pat Fee had a great defensive scheme and the team executed well.”
The Indians outgained the Green Devils 281-189. Keenan ran for 121 of W-F’s 228 rushing yards on 22 carries, while Haase added 44 yards on 13 attempts.
The Indians will host Southern Door at 7 p.m. Friday before opening Central Wisconsin 8 Conference play the following week at Wittenberg-Birnamwood.
“These kids love playing football and play with a passion,” Chase said. “Passion is not an emotion because it is constant and it never goes away.”