Big plays hurt W-F in loss to Chargers
There was good news and bad news Friday, Sept. 9, for the Weyauwega-Fremont football team.
On one hand, the Indians put 36 points on the scoreboard.
On the other hand, they gave up 57 in a Central Wisconsin 8 Conference loss to Wittenberg-Birnamwood.
The teams combined for 41 points in the first quarter alone. W-F’s Calvin Swanson opened the scoring with a 67-yard run, but W-B answered with Dominik Anderson’s 73-yard touchdown pass to Mitch School and Logan Hickman’s 21-yard run.
The Indians regained the lead in the opening quarter on Swanson’s 69-yard pass to Trevor Potratz and Swanson’s 82-yard run, but the Chargers took the lead for good on Hickman’s 74-yard kickoff return to make it 21-20.
The scoring didn’t stop in the second quarter, as Anderson tossed a 29-yard scoring pass to Hickman and School added a 57-yard TD run. Swanson found the end zone from 12 yards out and threw a two-point conversion pass to Treg DeSantis to cut W-B’s lead to 36-28 at the half.
School made it into the end zone three times in the third quarter on a 3-yard run, an 80-yard punt return and a 25-yard pass from Anderson that gave the Chargers a 57-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
W-F’s Austin Ferge scored the only touchdown of the final period on a 54-yard run and added the two-point conversion run.
The teams accounted for nearly 1,000 yards of offense, with W-B having a 494-427 advantage. The Chargers outgained the Indians 328-322 on the ground and 166-105 through the air.
Swanson led W-F with 206 yards in 20 carries, while Ferge added 108 yards on 16 carries. Hickman led the Chargers with 146 yards.
Potratz had two catches for 83 yards for the Indians, while School caught three for 137 yards.
Ferge, DeSantis, Dakota Kramer and Ben Fox led the W-F defense with seven tackles each, while Jake Radtke and Nathan Stelzner added six each, Cody Chase had five and caused a fumble and Dan Prillwitz chipped in with four.
The Indians fell to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in CWC 8 play with the loss and will travel to Bonduel to take on the undefeated Bears at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.