Big plays lift Hawks over Comets
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.