AMHERST – The Amherst Falcons football team look in midseason form already. The defending Division 5 state champions, cruised to a 54-14 nonconference victory over Wild Rose on Friday night, led by the Groshek brothers, Garrett and Garth.
Garth snared two touchdowns through the air from Garrett and Garrett also racked up 82 yards on the ground and two scores. Amherst led 47-0 at halftime and didn’t play the starters much past intermission, which was pleasing to head coach Mark Lusic.
“Last week we started a little slow and came out flat for some reason,” he said. “It was nice to play well right from the start. Hopefully this is a good springboard heading into the conference season.
Aquinas 48, Pacelli 29
LA CROSSE – Isaac Elliot went 24 of 43 for 265 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinals fell to 1-1.
Jake Feltz caught 11 passes for 138 yards and a score, while Brett O’Sullivan added seven receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown.
Both Feltz and O’Sullivan were forced to leave the game with cramps early in the third quarter and never returned, stalling the Pacelli offense which ran 54 plays in the first half as the teams played to a 21-21 stalemate through 24 minutes.
“Ike threw the ball well and we moved the ball extremely well through the air in the first half,” Cardinals coach Steve Raczek said. “O’Sullivan and Feltz were basically unstoppable, but then they went down with cramps and we just don’t have the horses and the numbers to replace them.”
Craigh Hardt led Pacelli with 10 rushes for 38 yards and a score.
Almond-Banc. 54, Williams Bay 14
STURGEON BAY – Reegan Anderson rushed for 167 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown and Joe Beigel chipped in with 101 yards on nine attempts and three touchdowns as the Eagles (1-1) bounced back from an opening week loss to crush the Bulldogs in a nonconference game delayed an hour by lightning.
Beigel also caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Evan Pagel for A-B, which finished with 332 yards on the ground.
“There was a long delay, but our guys came out and played well. I thought the offensive line did a nice job blocking and both Reegan and Joe ran the ball well,” A-B coach Andrew Bradley said.
“It was a nice win coming off last week.”
Ethan Yonke also returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown.