Mustering only 56 total yards of offense, the Clintonville Truckers stalled against the Waupaca Comets, losing 21-0 on Friday, Oct. 1.
Waupaca did not score until the second quarter when quarterback Harley Anderson scampered 29 yards for a score. Bjorn Asher made the PAT and the Comets led 7-0 at half.
Waupaca came out strong the second half with ball control offense, chewing up time on the clock while marching down the field, and finally scoring on an Anderson four-yard run. Asher’s kick was good; Waupaca led 14-0.
The Trucker offense had a few bright spots. One of those was when quarterback Ben Klein, scrambling to his right, hit tight end Mike Hogen for a 57 yard gain. Hogen had two catches for 63 yards to lead the Clintonville receiving core. Colin Moon had two catches for 13 yards; Cody Zuehl had three catches for 12 yards; and Brandon Sivertson had one catch for seven yards. Klein was 8-of-14 with one interception.
Waupaca’s final score came in the fourth quarter after Beau Ash broke free for a 70-yard run. Casey Nicewander capped the series off with a one yard run. Asher’s kick was good; and the final score was Waupaca 21, Clintonville 0.
“We struggled offensively tonight. We could not open the holes for our backs to get through. And passing wise, we didn’t pick-up Waupaca’s blitzes very well,” said Coach Bob Petermann. “We will learn from this, fine tune a few things, and move on.”
The Truckers travel to Appleton Xavier on Friday, Oct. 8, to face the Hawks. Game time is 7 p.m.