It was a near perfect half for the Plymouth Panthers.
Going up against the defending conference champions at home Friday night, the Panthers put together a near-flawless 24 minutes to take a 35-0 lead into the locker room at halftime and roll to a 42-7 win over Kewaskum.
“We came out in the first half and just executed as well as we have all year,” Plymouth coach Dan Knaus said. “Better than we have all year. We created three turnovers which turned into scores, we had the pedal to the metal the entire first half.”
Plymouth (7-0, 6-0 Eastern Wisconsin Conference) took the opening drive 79 yards for a score when Kollin Neils ran in from 3 yards out. The game would stay 7-0 until the second quarter, when the Panthers broke things wide open.
Eric Roberts scored twice, Owen Henriksen added a touchdown run and Neils found Cory Unger for a 2-yard score with just 17 seconds left in the half to make it 35-0.
“The kids came out witha fury that we were really proud to see,” Knaus said.
Knaus also praised offensive coordinator Gale Grahn for calling an outstanding game.
Roberts finished with 116 yards on 19 carries and Neils went 9-of-14 passing for 100 yards and a score. Unger added 36 yards on the ground and 30 yards receiving while also returning an interception for a score in the third quarter.
The win, coupled with Two Rivers’ 30-0 win at New Holstein, sets up a showdown next Friday at Two Rivers (7-0, 6-0) for the EWC title.
“We knew to get sole possession of first place we first had to take care of this one tonight,” Knaus said. “I told the kids to enjoy it tomorrow but then Sunday we need to wake up and focus on Two Rivers; they’re the ones standing in our way for a conference championship.”