The Clintonville Trucker varsity football team ran its winning string to two in a row Friday night in Appleton with a victory over Fox Valley Lutheran (FVL). The Truckers defeated the Foxes 7-0 in an Eastern Valley Conference match-up.
Clintonville scored on its first possession of the game following an FVL fumble. Clintonville moved the ball down to the five yard line behind the rushing of Cody Zuehl, Colin Moon, and Joe Hauser; then Hauser rushed in from the five to score the touchdown. The extra point kick by Hauser was good. This was the only scoring of the game.
The rest of the night was spent jockeying for field position. The Foxes rushed 40 times for 195 yards, but could never find the end zone. A tenacious Trucker defense kept FVL at bay. FVL may have had some big gains, but Clintonville never relinquished a score. This was the first time that the Foxes were shut out this year, a credit to Clintonville’s defense.
FVL also passed the ball 25 times for 123 yards, but were picked-off twice, both by Hauser. Clintonville rushed 52 times for 191 yards and passed five times with one completion to Brandon Sivertson and no interceptions. Hauser led the Clintonville rushers with 105 yards on 27 carries.
The big story of the evening, with strong wind conditions, was field position. Sivertson pinned the Foxes deep with textbook punting skills. Sivertson’s ability to place the ball deep in FVL territory did not allow the Foxes to start with good field position all night long.
“Punting in the weather conditions that Brandon did tonight was simply outstanding,” said Coach Bob Petermann. “We asked players to make plays tonight, and Brandon did. He might not realize right now how important his punting was, but it was huge.”
The Truckers will host Waupaca on Friday evening, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at Clintonville High School football field.