Even when things weren’t going well for the Two Rivers football team things seemed to be going its way in a 30-0 road win over New Holstein on Friday night.
On their opening drive the Raiders fumbled on the Huskies’ one-yard line — one of four Raiders turnovers in the game — only to answer on their next drive with a 43-yard touchdown pass from Brett Kasper to Dexter Smith, giving the Raiders a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
After Kasper’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Geiger early in the second quarter, the Raiders once again turned the ball over in scoring position, this time fumbling the football at the New Holstein four-yard line.
The Raiders proceeded to force a New Holstein safety to make it 16-0 and on the ensuing drive Kasper hit Brad Dimmick for a three-yard touchdown, making it 23-0 at halftime.
In the first half Kasper was 19-of-26 for 221 yards while Smith had six catches for 118 yards.
On defense, the Raiders held New Holstein to 29 total yards in the half — three passing and 26 rushing — and one first down. Kasper finished the game 25-of-39 for 299 yards while Smith finished with nine receptions for 186 yards.
The teams went scoreless in the third quarter but early in the final frame Smith scored on a 15-yard pass from Kasper to make it 30-0.
The Raiders failed on two fourth-and-goal situations in the second half.
The win by Two Rivers (7-0, 6-0 Eastern Wisconsin Conference) sets up a matchup with visiting Plymouth (7-0, 6-0 EWC) next Friday, with the winner emerging as the conference champion.
The Raiders have not won a conference championship since 1990.
Complete statistics, along with a scoring summary, were not provided to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.
|Total Net Yards||99|
Rushing — New Holstein, Justin Frish 3–3, Aaron Schaefer 13-26, Devon Olm 14-2, Jacob Daun 3-9, Michael Blanck 8-45, Mark Sippel 1–6.
Passing — Two Rivers, Brett Kasper 25-39-1-280. New Holstein, Justin Frish 1-2-1-26.
Receiving — New Holstein, Josh Nisler 1-3, Kyle Schmitz 1-23.
Manitowoc Lutheran 41, Sevastopol 6
Peter Menges rushed 16 times for 132 yards and four touchdowns as the Lancers earned the road win.
Menges scored three of his touchdowns in the first half as he scored one in the first quarter and a pair in the second quarter.
Each of the three scores was from inside the 10-yard line while his final scoring run, which came in the third quarter, was on a 25-yard scamper.
Lutheran (6-1, 5-1 Olympian Packerland-Small) ran the ball a total of 43 times for 372 yards while the Lancers held the Pioneers to two yards on 17 carries.
Eric Habermann also had a big night on the ground for Lutheran as he went 106 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown in the second quarter.
Habermann also scored on a 21-yard pass in the third quarter from Ethan Hillmer, who was 3-of-6 for 49 yards.
ML – Peter Menges 1-yard run (kick failed)
ML – P. Menges 7-yard run (run failed)
ML – P. Menges 4-yard run (P. Menges run)
ML – Eric Habermann 21-yard pass from Ethan Hillmer (P. Menges run)
ML – P. Menges 25- yard run (David Menk kick)
S – Bryce Birmingham 15-yard pass Tony Bley (kick failed)
ML – E. Habermann 5-yard run (D. Menk kick)
Rushing — Manitowoc Lutheran, Peter Menges 16-132, Eric Habermann 13-106. Sevastopol, Cody Giesseman 6-22.
Passing — Manitowoc Lutheran, Ethan Hillmer 3-6-0-49. Sevastopol, Tony Bley 8-20-1-100.
Receiving — Manitowoc Lutheran, Eric Habermann 1-22, Jordon Blattler 1-12, David Menk 1-15.