One look at the final statistics and it’s easy to see how the Weyauwega-Fremont football team opened the 2012 season Aug. 24 with a 42-0 nonconference win over Algoma.
Not only did the Indians keep the Wolves out of the end zone, they also outgained them 453-34 on the ground, had a pair of 100-yard rushers, had a 24-6 advantage in first downs, had only two penalties, didn’t punt and didn’t turn the ball over.
Quarterback Trevor Potratz opened the scoring with a 1-yard run late in the first quarter and W-F added three more scores in the second quarter to take a 29-0 halftime lead. Adam Krause scored on a 6-yard run, while Logan Erdmann scored from 34 and 13 yards out.
Potratz added a 20-yard TD run in the third quarter and capped the scoring with a 32-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Potratz and Hunter Billington led the Indians’ ground game with 152 and 131 yards, respectively, while Erdmann and Krause added 87 and 79, respectively. Potratz didn’t complete either of his two pass attempts, but the 453 rushing yards more than made up for the lack of a passing game.
Coach Tom Chase attributed much of the Indians’ success on offense to blocking.
“The offensive line of Tyler Steinback, Andrew Wild, Nathan Stelzner, Nick Walters, Nathan Burton, Dustin Hanes and tight ends Cody Chase and Brandon Loehrke all did a great job,” he said. “Also doing a great job blocking on the perimeter were Dan Prillwitz and Aaron Schroeder.”
Erdmann led the team in tackles with nine, while Krause added seven and Schroeder finished with six.
The Indians will open Central Wisconsin 8 Conference play at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, by hosting Iola-Scandinavia. The Thunderbirds also opened the season with a nonconference shutout by knocking off Rosholt 22-0.