Bulldog Stadium was painted red on Friday, Sept. 2, as New London played host to the Hortonville Polar Bears. A busy first half provided all of the game’s scoring, as Hortonville came away with a 21-7 win. Two pass plays and an 80-yard kickoff return provided Hortonville’s three touchdowns.
The game was originally scheduled to be played in Hortonville, but a power outage forced the game to be moved to New London. Despite the wild weather, lack of power, and partial day off from school, the Polar Bears came ready to play.
Polar Bear quarterback Kegan Gennrich found Alex Lasinski for a 31-yard touchdown play in the first quarter. Taylor Pahl’s kick was good, and Hortonville had the lead at the end of the first quarter, 7-0.
New London struck back with a three-yard run by Caleb Chmielewski after a botched punt by Hortonville set the Bulldogs up with great field position. Bill Pence kicked the extra point to tie the game, 7-7.
On the ensuing kickoff, Hortonville’s special teams unit redeemed itself, opening up a running lane for Jake Bamke, who returned the kickoff 80 yards for the touchdown. Pahl tacked on the extra point and the Polar Bears were back in front, 14-7.
Gennrich connected with Mitch Lillge on a 15-yard touchdown pass just before the end of the first half to round out the scoring.
Chmielewski led the Bulldogs running game, gaining 74 yards on 15 carries. Gennrich led the Polar Bears with 14 rushes for 48 yards.
Jake Mroczynski completed six of 12 passes for 11 yards, while Gennrich completed seven of 13 for 135 yards. Ethan Thiel had three receptions for five yards. Alex Lasinski pulled in two passes for 41 yards for Hortonville.
After the loss, New London drops to 0-3, while Hortonville moves to 3-0. The Bulldogs host Shawano on Friday, Sept. 9, with kickoff at 7 p.m.