The Mayville football team tried to slow Laconia down with a slowpaced offense, but the Spartans didn’t budge as they took their Homecoming game 49-6 in a Flyway matchup played in Rosendale Friday night.
The Spartans did most of their damage in the first half — something they had struggled with all season — outscoring the Cardinals 28-0 after quarterback Nick Vollmer found Brett Wittchow three times in the endzone.
“When (Mayville) came out and slowed down the tempo like they did, we did a great job just staying sound on defense,” Laconia head coach Mark Madigan said. “We then had chances to score on offense and we did it. Our line did a great job coming off the ball, the fullbacks did a great job blocking and when we had a chance to go downfield we did and made some nice plays.”
Laconia marched down the field on its first drive, completed by an 8-yard touchdown pass from Vollmer to Wittchow. Vollmer found Wittchow two more times for scores in the second quarter — from 29 and a 18 yards — to gave the Spartans their four TD lead at the break.
“We came out strong in that first half and we haven’t done that in every game this year,” Vollmer said. “It’s all credit to the line. They stalled every play and I took that play action and (Wittchow) was wide open. It also makes a difference when you have Levin (Vande Berg) in the backfield because they are all keying in on him.”
Vande Berg also had another big night, rushing 18 tiems for 187 yards and two touchdowns, with his first coming early in the second quarter on a 15-yard run. His TD was followed by the two Wittchow scores. Wittchow finished the game with four catches for 63 yards and 3 TDs.
“When you take a look at two guys like that, Brett is just a huge target,” Madigan said of the combination of Vollmer and Wittchow. “Nick throws such a pretty ball and is very accurate. It’s a huge combination.”
Laconia kept it going to start the second half as Vande Berg added his second touchdown, this time from 27-yards to make it 35-0. After that, he and the rest of the starters were taken out.
Mayville then answered on the ensuing possession, getting a 5-yard touchdown pass from Evan Kehrmeyer to Jacob Olig. The drive was set up by a 38-yard run from Adam Smith. Smith had a nice night, finishing with 113 yards on 23 carries.
Other than that lone score, the Laconia defense shut the Cardinals out, holding them to a total of 152 yards. The Spartans finished with 362 yards of total offense with 299 coming on the ground.
“We got a bunch of guys on defense that like to work hard,” Laconia’s Nick Zimmerman said. “The defensive line got a huge push and the backs were flying around making big plays. It’s what we love to do.”
Eli Moses added two late fourh quarter touchdowns for the Spartans, scoring from 13 and 10 yards.
The Spartans now wait to for the playoffs, something they’ve been waiting for.
“We are ready,” Madigan said. “We’re going to come ready and we will be prepared as a team.”
Mayville…0 0 6 0– 6
Laconia…7 21 14 7– 49
LAC– Brett Wittchow 8 pass from Nick Vollmer (Elijah Brooks kick).
LAC– Levin Vande Berg 15 run (Brooks kick).
LAC– Wittchow 29 pass from Vollmer (Brooks kick).
LAC– Wittchow 18 pass from Vollmer (Brooks kick).
LAC– Vande Berg 27 run (Brooks kick).
MAY — Jacob Olig 5 pass from Evan Kehrmeyer (kick failed).
LAC — Eli Moses 13 run (Brooks kick).
LAC — Moses 10 run (Brooks kick).
First downs 10 21
Total yards 152 362
Rushing 31-124 34-299
Yards passing 28 63
Comp-Att-Int 6-11-1 4-6-0
Fumbles 3-2 2-0
Rushing: MAY — Adam Smith 23-113. LAC — Levin Vande Berg 18-187-2 TD; Eli Moses 6-62-2 TD.
Passing: MAY — Even Kehrmeyer 6-10-28-1 TD, 1 INT. LAC — Nick Vollmer 4-6-63-3 TD.
Receiving: MAY — Jacob Olig 3-19-1 TD. LAC — Brett Wittchow 4-63-3 TD.