It was not the ideal situation for the Wausau West football team, knowing it needed to win its final three games entering Friday’s matchup with Kaukauna.
The Warriors, though, took care of business, getting off to a fast start and never looking back to remain alive for a WIAA Division 1 playoff berth with a 42-12 victory over the Galloping Ghosts at Thom Field.
The Warriors will now face crosstown rival D.C. Everest in a pivotal game for both teams, as each needs to win out to earn a playoff berth.
The Warriors’ offense was shut out the past two weeks by Fox Valley Association South Division powerhouses Appleton North and Kimberly.
But thanks to Chris Clementi, the Warriors had a 7-0 lead before the offense ever took the field after he intercepted Kaukauna quarterback David Evers and racing 50 yards to the end zone.
The play seemed to relax the West offense, particularly Jordan Huehnerfuss. Huehnerfuss was ablaze, completing 11 of his first 13 passes for 136 yards, including a 18-yard touchdown strike to Clementi.
The Warriors’ offense kept the early momentum going, scoring on their first drive, as Kallen Bentz took a pitch and scurried for a 6-yard touchdown, providing West with a 14-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.
Huehnerfuss added a touchdown run to his Clementi touchdown strike, as West took a 28-12 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
The West passing game continued to roll in the second half, as Huehnerfuss drove the Warriors down the field and found Andrew Fischer for a 5-yard touchdown pass.
Jake Whalen ended the homecoming victory in fine fashion for the Warriors, racing 98 yards for a touchdown on his lone carry of the game.
WW- Chris Clementi 50 interception return (Lucas Bautch kick)
WW- Kallen Bentz 6 run (Bautch kick)
K- Marcus Roenicke 9 pass from David Evers (kick blocked)
WW- Jordan Huehnerfuss 9 run (Bautch kick)
K- Nick Agen 59 run (run failed)
WW- Chris Clementi 18 pass from Huehnerfuss (Bautch kick)
WW- Andrew Fischer 5 pass from Huehnerfuss (Bautch kick)
WW- Jake Whalen 98 run (Bautch kick)