Amherst drops 48 points on Eagles in first half
By Greg Seubert
One more win.
That’s all that stands between the Amherst Falcons and a return trip to the Division 5 state championship football game.
The Falcons, last year’s runner-up in Division 5, improved to 12-0 on the season Nov. 5 with a convincing 48-27 win over Southern Door at Goerke Field in Stevens Point.
Amherst will now take on Arcadia, a 34-15 winner over Stanley Boyd, in a Level 4 matchup of undefeated, top-seeded teams Friday or Saturday, Nov. 13-14, at a location to be determined.
All 27 of the Eagles’ points came in the second half after the Falcons scored touchdowns on seven of their eight drives in the first half to take a 48-0 lead at the break.
Amherst drove 84 yards on eight plays on its first drive, with Brandon Piotrowski scoring the first of his four touchdowns with an 8-yard run with 7:08 to go in the first quarter.
Mitchell Glodowski’s interception on Southern Door’s next play set the Falcons up at midfield. After the Falcons were flagged for being offsides, quarterback Garrett Groshek found the end zone after a 55-yard run and Amherst led 14-0 less than six minutes into the game.
Piotrowski capped a seven-play, 54-yard drive with a 9-yard TD run with 3:25 remaining in the first quarter.
The Eagles converted a fourth-and-2 play on their next drive, but turned the ball over on downs on the Amherst 47-yard line after the Falcon defense held Derik LeCaptain to a yard on another fourth-and-2 play.
Piotrowski fumbled the ball on Amherst’s next drive, but Ben Gutschow picked off a Nick LeCaptain pass to set the Falcons up at the Southern Door 25-yard line. Piotrowski scored on the first play of the drive to give Amherst a 28-0 lead with 9:49 left in the first half.
The Falcons scored three more times before halftime. Piotrowski’s fourth touchdown from a yard out with 5:17 left on the clock gave Amherst a 34-0 lead after the Eagles blocked the extra point try.
Glodowski recovered a fumble on the kickoff at the Southern Door 27-yard line and Groshek threw an 11-yard TD pass to Glodowski with 4:53 to go in the half.
After forcing a three-and-out, the Falcons drove 60 yards in two plays, with Groshek hooking up with Josh Cisewski for a 60-yard TD pass with 3:00 left in the half.
That turned out to be Amherst’s final score of the night.
Amherst’s defense held Southern Door to three first downs and forced four turnovers in the first half.
The second half turned out to be a different story, however, as the Eagles scored four times in against Amherst’s second-string defense and a running clock.
Nick LeCaptain opened the scoring with a 55-yard run on the Eagles’ first drive, Tory Jandrin scored from a yard out with 9:32 remaining in the game, LeCaptain capped a two-play, 60-yard drive with a 36-yard run with 3:28 left that made it 48-21 and backup quarterback Kyle Daoust found Deven McCarty in the end zone from 20 yards out on the game’s final play.
The Falcons outgained the Eagles 413-331 despite having only 15 yards of offense in the second half.
The Eagles mustered only 20 rushing yards in the first half, but finished with 177 for the game.
Piotrowski led Amherst with 116 yards on the ground, while Nick LeCaptain had 115 for the Eagles. Groshek completed nine of 15 passes for 177 yards and also ran for 87.
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