PORT EDWARDS – During the past few weeks, the Port Edwards football team displayed its ability to grind it out on the ground.
Against Washburn/Bayfield, the Blackhawks showed they are anything but one-dimensional.
Port amassed over 300 yards and scored five times through the air as they steamrolled the Washburn co-op 31-0 in a nonconferenece game Saturday afternoon to bring homecoming week to a festive conclusion.
“I want to run the ball 40 times a game and pound things out,” Port coach Justin Crandall said. “But the yards were not there consistently so we got it done in other ways.”
The Blackhawks passed for 334 yards with quarterback Collin McCarville completing 13 of 20 passes for five scores of 8, 16, 29, 9, and 58 yards.
McCarville connected with Chris Montag and Tyler Kohlbeck for a pair of scores while hitting Jacob Joslin for another. Joslin led all receivers with five catches for 116 yards.
“We did most of our damage off of pre-snap reads, but it was because of the line,” McCarville said. “They kept everyone away from me on the pass plays and that just gave me time to settle in and make good decisions.”
Port held a 13-0 lead after the first quarter and extended it to a 25-0 lead at halftime and didn’t give the Castle Guards a chance to get anything started.
The Blackhawks only allowed a pair of first downs and 53 yards in the first half, and allowed 98 yards for the entire game. They also forced three turnovers to stall any drives they began to sustain.
“In watching film, we realized their offense centered around one guy, and we were able to recognize where he was and take him out of the play the defense would be in good shape.”
That dedication to their assignments only allowed the Castle Guards’ Robert Wilkins to furn for just 36 yards on 16 carries and pass for 9 yards with one completion.
Port improved to 4-1 overall and will have its final home game of the season against Rosholt next week. At 2-0 in the Central Wisconsin Conference-10, one more victory will lock up a playoff berth.
“Coach tells us every week is the biggest game of the season, and that’s true,” McCarville said. “We have to prepare for them and keep focused and not take anything lightly.”
Eau Claire Regis, 25, Spencer/Columbus 22 (OT)
EAU CLAIRE – The Rockets pushed the Rambers, last year’s Division 6 runner-up to overtime, and Regis stole the win with a field goal.
Regis improved to 3-1 in the Cloverbelt and 3-2 overall, while the Rockets slipped to 1-3 and 2-3.