Laconia had no answer for Chris Zblewski.
Amherst’s junior quarterback ran for a pair of touchdowns, threw for two more and led the Falcons to their first-ever football playoff win, a 48-13 victory over the Spartans Saturday, Oct. 22, in a Division 5 Level 1 matchup.
The third-seeded Falcons will head to Bonduel for a 2 p.m. rematch with the Bears Saturday, Oct. 29. A late two-point conversion turned out to be the difference in the game the first time the two Central Wisconsin 8 Conference teams met in the regular-season finale two weeks ago, a 15-14 Amherst win.
Finding the end zone was not a problem for the Falcons against the Spartans, as Amherst built a 41-0 halftime lead.
“The kids deserve all the credit,” said second-year coach Mark Lusic, a former assistant at Waupaca High School. “They put in the time and believed in what we were telling them.”
Zblewski opened the scoring with a 5-yard run with 9:23 remaining in the first quarter to cap a three-play, 23-yard drive.
Willie Doll scooped up a fumble on Laconia’s second possession and returned it 22 yards for the Falcons’ second score. Doll wasn’t finished in the quarter, however, as he scored on a 27-yard run to make it 19-0 less than eight minutes into the game.
Doll scored from 10 yards out less than a minute into the second quarter, while Zblewski threw TD passes of 14 and 2 yards to Max Strand and Jon Konkol, respectively.
Zblewski wrapped up the scoring for Amherst with a 9-yard run in the third quarter. Laconia’s Sawyer Schmitz accounted for both of his team’s scores with 50- and 54-yard runs.
Doll led Amherst with 76 yards on only five attempts, while Zblewski completed six of 10 passes for 63 yards.