In the 2011 high school football season opener for both teams, the Clintonville Truckers blanked the Ripon Tigers 27-0.
Starting the 2011 football season one week earlier than normal, the Truckers came out making a statement with their running attack.
With an offensive line made up of Turner Doornink, Ross Westhphal, Matt Hill, Kyle Petermann, Brandon Lohrentz, Marcus Engel, Lucas Carrigg, James Simpson, and Michael Fisher, running backs A.J. Russell, Kolin Kubitz, Jake Reiter, and Nathan Poppe, receiving the ball from quarterback Ben Klein, amassed 317 yards on 45 carries.
Russell began the Clintonville attack by breaking free on an outside run for a 54-yard score. The extra point kick was blocked. In the second quarter, Clintonville’s Trenton Gauthier picked off a Ripon pass. The Truckers marched the ball down to the seven yard line where Jake Reiter scored on a seven-yard run. Reiter then kicked the extra point to put the Truckers up 13-0. On Ripon’s very next series, Bryce Schoen helped the defense hold the Tigers in check by intercepting a second Ripon pass which he returned seven yards.
Clintonville’s defensive unit made up of A.J. Russell, Trenton Gauthier, Garrick Morgan, Brandon Dilge, Dakota Haynes, Jared Henschel, Bryce Schoen, Jake Reiter, Kolin Kubitz, Anthony Conto, Ross Westphal, and Lucas Carrigg, put notice that it will be tough to run against. Holding Ripon to just 31 yards rushing through three quarters and only 119 for the game, the defense helped give the Truckers it’s third score of the game. With Ripon having to punt on fourth down and four from their own 36 yard line, Russell fielded the ball on the Clintonville 25 yard line, broke three tackles, and returned the punt 75 yards for the score. Reiter kicked the extra point to make it 20-0 at halftime.
Clintonville’s final score came in the third quarter when the defense shut down the Tigers forcing them to punt. The Truckers took over on the Ripon 37 yard line. After moving the ball to the 25, Reiter took the ball off right tackle and scampered 25 yards for the score. The extra point kick by Reiter was good, giving Clintonville the 27-0 victory.
“I was very pleased with our performance Friday night against Ripon. We came out ready to play from the opening kickoff. We played well in all three phases of the game: offense, defense, and special teams. There is room for improvement, but we set the bar for where we want to be and need to continue to raise it as we move through the season,” commented Coach Bob Petermann.
Clintonville’s next game is Friday, Aug. 26, at Freedom.