After Further Review: Week 4
Looking back at GameTime Game of the Week
In a matchup of perfect teams in the Fox River Classic Conference, Bay Port grinded out a 21-7 win over Notre Dame.
Bay Port quarterback Alec Ingold connected on two TD strikes to Blair Van Ess of 49 and 34 yards, respectively. For the game, Ingold was 12 for 19 for 248 yards (and had a rushing TD) while Van Ess caught 6 passes for 154 yards.
Meanwhile, the Notre Dame offense was almost shut out. Trailing 21-0, Charlie Rotherman tossed a 68-yard TD pass in the third quarter and on the next play Isaac Seering had a 49-yard run. Outside of that, Notre Dame had 46 yards on 37 plays.
What stood out: Bay Port’s defense. Notre Dame entered the game having scored 49 points in two of its three wins, but Bay Port’s size was too much. Notre Dame couldn’t sustain drives and the Pirates’ pressure on Rotherham was consistent.
Quotable: “Our kids are believing; we’re still really young. We had some really goofy penalties and mistakes, especially up front. We have to get those things cleaned up and get some momentum.” — Bay Port coach Gary Westerman.
- 1. Ashwaubenon 20, Green Bay Southwest 17 (Week 3). Ashwaubenon scores late to win game.
- 2. Waupaca 27, Freedom 18 (Week 2). Nate Jenson makes key passing plays to lead Comets.
- 3. Kimberly 45, Menasha 30 (Week 1). Papermakers outscore Menasha, 21-6 in second half.
- 4. Bay Port 21, Notre Dame 7 (Week 4). Bay Port’s defense too much in 21-7 win.
Team of the Week: Xavier.
Xavier has had many big wins this season – four to be exact – but Friday’s 59-20 win has to be the most satisfying to date, beating rival Fox Valley Lutheran in the Apple Bowl.
Xavier fell to the Foxes in last year’s game (17-9) but the Hawks are showing last year’s 2-win season was a hiccup. Xavier, along with Waupaca and Freedom, will decide the Eastern Valley Conference champion.
The biggest reason for the Xavier turnaround this season?
“The experience from last year,” said Xavier QB Matt Ferris, who leads the state with 20 TD passes. “Being on the other side of those losses and really learning from those. I think this team is more experienced with the system on offense.”
Xavier is averaging 50.2 points per game (seventh in the state) and has scored at least 44 points in each game. While Xavier has clearly erased 2012’s disappointing season, it’s the team's approach that has helped.
Sure, the Hawks know where they stand in the conference, but they don’t look ahead. It’s all about Ripon this week, although Freedom looms next week.
“I’m not going cliché because that’s not who I am,” Xavier coach Dave Hinkens said. “Ripon is all who is on my mind, honestly. I haven’t watched film on any other school but Ripon this week. We start doing that stuff, we’re going to get our tails cleaned on Friday night.”
- Freedom 76ers. Lots of points have been scored this season, but Freedom’s output Friday was certainly an eye-catcher. The Irish beat Clintonville, 76-0. Freedom led 55-0 at halftime.
- St. Mary’s Springs 66ers. Not quite as potent as Freedom, but St. Mary’s Springs certainly had no issue scoring as the Ledgers pounded Lomira, 66-0.
- Bay blanked. Four Bay Conference teams were shut out Friday, while Oconto Falls scored seven points in a loss.
- North guts one out. Oshkosh North topped Menasha, 14-7, to remain perfect on the season. In a battle of Valley Football Association South Division contenders, North won a game like it hasn’t all season, with a low score. The Spartans had scored at least 36 points in its three previous wins.
- Neenah grounded. Neenah opened the season by scoring at least 42 points in three wins, but last week at Stevens Point the Rockets were stymied in a 42-14 loss. Since Week 2, Neenah’s defense has been gutted as it has allowed 36, 35 and 42 points, respectively.
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