Waupaca to host Seymour for Homecoming
By Greg Seubert
After opening the season with four straight Bay Conference wins, the Waupaca football team is now 4-3 after a 35-19 loss Oct. 1 to Shawano.
The Comets will try to snap its three-game skid at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, as Waupaca hosts Seymour for Homecoming.
A steady rain during the game turned the field into a sloppy mess, but that didn’t stop Shawano from finding the end zone five times.
Jack Hanauer hooked up with Connor Klish for 50- and 64-yard touchdown passes in the first half. Waupaca got on the board in the first half with Hayden Neidert’s field goal, but the Hawks scored again before halftime to take a 21-3 lead at the break.
Hanauer’s 54-yard TD pass to Dylan Sumnicht gave the Hawks a 28-3 lead in the third quarter and another score made it 35.3.
Waupaca made it interesting with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns by Brendan Canterbury. He cut the lead to 35-11 with a 13-yard run and caught a 13-yard pass from Neidert after a successful onside kick. Waupaca converted both two-point attempts to cut Shawano’s lead to 16 points, but never got any closer.
Neidert completed 15 of 39 passes for 232 yards.
The loss dropped the Comets to 4-2 in the Bay. Waupaca can guarantee a spot in the WIAA playoffs with a Homecoming win over the Thunder or the following week in the regular-season finale at home against Menasha.