Prep football: Late FG lifts Two Rivers in win

Prep football: Late FG lifts Two Rivers in win

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Prep football: Late FG lifts Two Rivers in win

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TWO RIVERS

Justin Schmeichel hit a school-record 46-yard field goal on his first attempt of the season with six seconds left and the Two Rivers football team won its first playoff game since 1982 as the Raiders topped visiting Menasha 22-19 for a WIAA State Football Tournament Division 3 win on Friday night.

After leading 12-0 early, Two Rivers (8-1) allowed 19 unanswered points before quarterback Brett Kasper led the game-tying drive, highlighted by a Brandon Reilly 44-yard run on a Statue of Liberty play to set up Kasper’s two-yard touchdown with 2:28 remaining to tie it at 19-19.

The Raiders then held Menasha to a three-and-out and got the ball at midfield. Kasper rushed 24 yards on the first play, and after minimal gains on second and third downs, on fourth-and-long Schmeichel hit the game-winner.

“I knew I had it the whole time,” Schmeichel said. “I hit it in practice all the time so I knew I had it.”

In the rain-soaked game, Two Rivers forced Menasha’s star running back Josh Mennen to fumble five times, four of which the Raiders recovered. The Raiders defense also blocked a punt early to set up Two Rivers’ first score on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Kasper to Dexter Smith. Kasper then hit Smith again after a Menasha fumble for a 23-yard strike.

“(Our defense) was stellar. It did a great job of giving our offense the opportunity to have the ball,” Two Rivers head coach Brent Luebke said. “We had some trouble running the ball, but then when we were passing the ball was too wet. We had adversity throughout the whole game, we just had to bounce back from it and we did.”

Menasha’s first points came in the second quarter on a safety after a botched snap on a Raiders’ punt attempt. Menasha added a touchdown with 13 seconds left in the first half after it completed a 55-yard pass to set up a 13-yard touchdown pass.

The teams each alternated possession in the third quarter, with Menasha taking a 16-12 lead with three minutes left in the third on a 73-yard TD run. With just minutes gone by in the final frame, Menasha added a 25-yard field goal for its final score.

Early on the Raiders were able to utilize the short passing game and chipped away for short yardage for its scoring drives. Menasha took that away in the second half, forcing Two Rivers to make adjustments that finally broke through in the final minutes. While the rainy conditions should have wreaked havoc on the Two Rivers passing offense, it was Menasha’s run-dominated offense which struggled to gain traction and hold onto the football.

“We came out firing, then they kind of shut us down,” Kasper said. “(Menasha is) a great team. The win hasn’t sunk in with me yet. It’s so exciting.”

Menasha 0 9 7 3 19
Two Rivers 12 0 0 10 22

First quarter

TR – Brett Kasper 8-yard pass to Dexter Smith (Justin Schmeichel PAT no good)

TR – Kasper 23-yard pass to Smith (2-point pass failed)

Second quarter

M – Safety

M – Tyler Korth 13-yard pass to Emanuel Jenkins (Chris Munoz PAT)

Third quarter

M – Korth 73-yard run (Munoz PAT)

Fourth quarter

M – Munoz 25-yard field goal

TR – Kasper 2-yard run

TR – Schmeichel 46-yard field goal

M T
Total Net Yards 361 306
Passing 92 180
Comp-Att-Int 6-11-0 20-30-1
Fumbles-Lost 5-4 0-0
Penalties-Yards 11-60 2-20

Individual statistics

Rushing — Menasha, Tyler Korth 11-35, Josh Mennen 28-129. Two Rivers, Brett Kasper 21-73, Brandon Reilly 1-44, Dexter Smith 3-0.

Passing — Menasha, Tyler Korth 6-11-0-92. Two Rivers, Brett Kasper 20-30-1-180.

Receiving — Menasha, Emanuel Jenkins 2-18, Tyler Johnson 2-65. Two Rivers, Bradley Dimmick 4-27, Brett Slaby 3-14, Dexter Smith 7-68.

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