AFTER FURTHER REVIEW: LEVEL 1
Maybe the biggest matchup in Friday’s GameTime Game of the Week was how would the smaller Menasha lines handle Green Bay Southwest’s size. Would bigger better?
Most times it is, but Friday, Menasha used its speed to disrupt the Trojans and post a 20-7 win, advancing to Level 2 against Ashwaubenon.
Menasha allowed a 98-yard scoring drive to open the game, which included a 68-yard scoring run, and then allowed 89 more yards the rest of the game. Furthermore, Menasha forced three second-half turnovers which resulted in 13 points as the Bluejays pulled away from the Trojans.
Menasha’s only losses this season came to undefeated teams Kimberly and Oshkosh North and while the defense was stern, offensively QB Tyler Johnson was key. The junior ran 21 times for 146 yards and two scores, while also throwing a 6-yard TD pass.
- What we learned: Menasha’s for real. Don’t be fooled by the Bluejays’ No. 5 seed. They are capable of making a run this postseason and last week’s win was hardly an upset. Menasha has the tools to make No. 1 seed Ashwaubenon worry.
- What stood out: Menasha’s defense: The Bluejays swarmed Southwest, which was shut out in its regular-season finale. Consistently, Menasha defenders were in the Trojans’ backfield, disrupting Southwest’s offense. And because there were high winds, the passing games was limited, so Menasha could really tee off on the Trojans’ run.
- Quotable: “I just think we played opportunistic football and our defense, they go out and fly around and honestly the speed of our defense really kind of shocked them, I think. Our guys were swarming and running through and getting in there. When you put pressure on people you make things happen. We were able to finish our drives and run the football in the second half.” – Menasha coach Jeramie Korth
- 1. Hortonville 34, West De Pere 27 (Week 8, OT). Polar Bears finally end the Phantoms’ Bay Conference reign and 41-game regular season winning streak.
- 2. Ashwaubenon 20, Green Bay Southwest 17 (Week 3). Ashwaubenon scores late to win game.
- 3. Waupaca 27, Freedom 18 (Week 2). Nate Jenson makes key passing plays to lead Comets.
- 4. Kimberly 45, Menasha 30 (Week 1). Papermakers outscore Menasha, 21-6 in second half.
- 5. Ashwaubenon 28, Bay Port 14 (Week 7). Morgan throws for 424 yards and 3 TDs as Jaguars take sole possession of the FRCC.
- 6. Menasha 20, Green Bay Southwest 7 (Level 1). Three second-half turnovers by Southwest help lead Menasha to playoff win.
- 7. Chilton 21, Brillion 7 (Week 5). Tigers’ defense allows zero points after first drive of the game.
- 8. Bay Port 21, Notre Dame 7 (Week 4). Bay Port’s defense too much in 21-7 win.
- 9. Kimberly 49, Appleton North 14 (Week 6). Expected to be a thriller, Kimberly made sure it wasn’t with 21 quick points en route to win.
- 10. Xavier 50, Berlin 18. Xavier opened a 16-0 lead and never looked back as Matt Ferris threw 6 TD passes giving him a state record of 41 this season,
Team of the Week: Fond du Lac
Fond du Lac, seeded No. 6, traveled to No. 3 Menomonee Falls and surprised the Falcons with a 25-24 win. The Cardinals’ defense made a big stop early in the fourth quarter, when it stopped the Falcons inside the Fond du Lac 5-yard line. Falls kicked a 22-yard field goal for a 24-19 lead, but as it turned out that lead wasn’t safe. Fondy scored a TD with 3:12 left in the game to provide the final points.
- No. 1 seeds tested. Waupaca, Oshkosh North and Ashwaubenon all were pushed in their Level 1 games. Waupaca outlasted Antigo 34-23 after trailing 20-13 at halftime. Oshkosh North topped Slinger 21-17 after holding the Owls out of the end zone late in the game after Slinger had the ball inside North’s 10-yard line. Ashwaubenon beat Merrill 21-14 after Merrill’s Hail Mary from the 29-yard line fell incomplete in the end zone as time expired.
- Xavier wins FVCC reunion. A long time ago Xavier and Notre Dame (Green Bay Premontre) competed against each other in the Fox Valley Christian Conference and Friday they met for the first time since 1995. Notre Dame’s defense didn’t give up a TD pass to Matt Ferris, who set a state record the week before with his 41st TD pass this season, but the Hawks showed they can run, too. Xavier scored all TDs via the ground and ended the Tritons’ season 38-10.
- Preble wins on road. Green Bay Preble edged Wausau West 13-12 after West missed three field goal attempts in the final seconds. It was the first playoff win for third-year coach Paul Donart.
- Kimberly moves on. The Papermakers lost leading rusher J.P. Peerenboom to a knee injury in Week 9 so the Makers turned to sophomore Blair Mulholland and Co. against Wauwatosa West and there was no letdown. Mulholland had 146 yards on 9 carries with two TDs, while junior Sean Cohen had 7 carries for 71 yards and junior Colin Tessner added 14 carries for 63 yards in the Makers’ 42-7 win. That’s 280 yards. That’s how you replace your leading rusher.
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