NEW LONDON – Bragging rights were on the line for the annual rivalry between the Polar Bears and Bulldogs. The two teams met Sept. 17 resulting in a 20-0 Hortonville win.
New London head coach Pete Mroczynski said, “We struggled offensively but keep working hard to improve. Hortonville has a very nice team.”
New London has won the game for the past four seasons. The last time the Polar Bears won the rivalry was in 2005 when they met New London for the first time in 27 years during a non-conference game.
Last Friday, Hortonville was able to start off strong in the game when Eric Sprangers ran nine yards for the touchdown. With the extra point Hortonville was up 7-0.
The game remained 7-0 through halftime. In the third quarter, Hortonville quarterback Kegan Gennrich connected with Joe Sommers for an 82 yard touchdown reception. Again the extra point was good and Hortonville extended their lead to 14.
Later in the game, Gennrich would run it in from four yards for the touchdown. The extra point failed. Hortonville took the lead 20-0 and kept it that way for the remainder of the game.
Bulldog CJ Anderson had the only offensive production for the Bulldogs as he carried 28 times for 72 yards.
Jake Mroczynski attempted seven passes for one completion on a pass to Nate Pluff. The keen Polar Bear defense picked off Mroczynski twice.
Gennrich had two completions in seven attempts for 95 yards. Sprangers rushed for 100 yards on 27 carries for Hortonville.
Defensively the Bulldogs played very well including some great stops and tackles by the front four consisting of Hunter Jagla, Andrew Ritchie, Zach Hofherr and Gabe Roberts, as well as Linebackers Ethan Steingraber, Peyton Hofherr, Augustin Rosas, Hunter Muthig and Jeremiah Clauss.
Hortonville improves to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the Bay Conference and will host Seymour who is also 2-2 coming of a loss to Luxemburg-Casco.
New London on the other hand falls to 1-3 and will travel to Shawano (2-2,2-1) Saturday, Sept. 25 for a 1 p.m. kickoff.