It had a been a difficult week for Mayville, but the Cardinals at least got to celebrate an exciting 31-28 win against North Fond du Lac at Ray Dunn Field.
The week was already hectic with homecoming, but it turned sour with the passing of assistant coach Thomas Biertzer and a fire that destroyed the house of an assistant coach in the football program.
Staring a third-straight loss in the face, Mayville regrouped in the second half to overcome a halftime deficit.
“It was quite the week, especially in the football program,” Mayville coach Mark Pankow said. “Tonight was symbolic of how strong this town can be.”
Corbin Schroeder tied the game with a 76-yard run early in the third and he put Mayville in front with a 21-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Orioles took an early lead with TD runs by Colton Krupp and Colton Catt, putting the Cardinals on their heels.
“It was more the boys holding each other accountable, saying ‘where are you right now where is your head,’ ” Pankow said of the discussion after the first quarter. “They grew up as a team. It was nice to see the boys had more of a man attitude.”
In the second quarter, Schroeder and North Fondy running back Ross Schwartz, who finished with 200 rushing yards, exchanged scores. Mayville tied the game with a short run by quarterback Brandon Mueller and a pass from the Flyway’s leading connection of Mueller to Casey McDermott. The Orioles regained the lead with 20 seconds left on a Steve Gao interception return.
Omro 40, WLA 14
The Omro Foxes ended Winnebago Lutheran’s playoff hopes in Omro.
The Vikings, who drop to 3-5 overall and 3-4 in the conference scored both of their touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
“I’m pleased with the kids’ effort,” WLA coach Bill Heinkel said about the season. “We just weren’t able to become a consistent enough team to win the close ball games and stick closer to some of the tougher teams.”
Matt Edwards had a 58-yard fumble return for WLA, and later Jacob Brinkman caught a 15-yard TD pass from Brandon Schilling. Schilling threw for 180 yards on 16 of 32 passing.
Omro had two rushers run for more than 100 yards in Eddie Schug (153) and Nick Blythe (135).
Laconia 26, KML 7
Cody Moon once again eclipsed the 200-yard rushing mark and Laconia’s defense stymied visiting Kettle Moraine Lutheran in the Spartans’ victory on Friday in Rosendale.
Moon ran 21 times for 204 yards, and he had a pair of 73-yard touchdown runs for the first and last scores of the game.
Laconia was already qualified for the playoffs, but the Spartans didn’t want to limp into the start of the postseason next week.
“We still have a lot of stuff to work on,” said Laconia coach Mark Madigan. “You want to play at a high level at all times. And it’s about momentum; you don’t want to go in the playoffs on a loss.”
KML had just 169 total yards and its rushing total was -8. The Spartans got after the Chargers on defense, sacking the quarterback eight times.
“KML never really committed to the run,” Madigan said. “You take a look at that (total) yardage and a lot of it was because of sacks. Our defensive front and D-backs played great team defense.”
Senior defensive back Jesse Tipton made an interception and returned it 53 yards for a score in the third quarter, and Levin Vande Berg was responsible for the other score, a second-quarter run of 6 yards.
The St. Mary’s Springs football team showed just how deep it is in a dominant 68-7 Flyway Conference victory at Lomira on Friday night. The win gave Springs a fourth undefeated conference championship in five years.
“They have very lofty goals set and so far they’ve stayed focused and true to their goals,” Springs coach Bob Hyland said.
Springs led 20-0 before its offense ever took the field on Friday.
Darin Ward started the game with an 88-yard kickoff return. Ryan Grandlic intercepted a Lomira pass and returned it 30 yards on Lomira’s first series. The Lions’ second series ended with a fumble, which was recovered in the end zone by Mitch Herron.
Sean Ahern added a third defensive touchdown with an interception return later in the first quarter.
Ward finished with 116 yards on just five carries, while sophomore Alec Strigenz had 85 yards on eight attempts. Ike Floyd had two rushing touchdowns, and Evan Henderson passed for two touchdowns before being removed in the second quarter.