Fortunately for the Shawano football team, the Hawks won’t have to face Sam Menzies any more this season.
The senior quarterback ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns and passed for another 63 yards to lead the Waupaca Comets to a 35-0 nonconference win Aug. 30 at Haberkorn Field.
Menzies gave the Comets an early lead with a 54-yard touchdown run 1:36 into the game. Beau Ash added an 8-yard TD run later in the quarter and Nate Nelson scored from a yard out early in the second quarter to give Waupaca a 21-0 lead.
The Comets added a touchdown in the third and fourth quarters. Menzies scored on a 72-yard run and Nelson capped a five-play drive with an 8-yard run.
The Comets’ depth was a difference in the game, according to coach John Koronkiewicz.
“We played a lot of different people,” he said. “Beau is really the only guy we try to play both ways. He started early, but eventually, we didn’t need him. As the season progresses, we’re going to need him to make more plays.”
Waupaca outgained the Hawks 380-206 that included a 288-91 advantage on the ground. Will Cox led Shawano in rushing with 65 yards, but he needed 20 carries to get there.
“I thought it was a pretty solid performance defensively,” Koronkiewicz said. “Anytime you can get a shutout, that’s pretty good defense. Their spread offensive is very difficult to contain.”
The Comets will return to Eastern Valley Conference play at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at home against Berlin. Waupaca improved to 2-0 with the win, while Berlin is 0-2 following losses to Freedom and Winneconne.