Green Bay East junior fullback Noah Delzer is referred to as Clark Kent by some people in the Red Devils’ program because of his appearance and his glasses.
“Then he puts on the uniform and he goes off,” East offensive lineman Kevin Cropsey said.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Delzer helped lead East to a 20-0 win over rival Green Bay West at City Stadium on Thursday night in the 108th meeting between the teams.
Delzer rushed 28 times for 142 yards and a touchdown for an East squad that did almost all its damage on the ground.
“I think the first thing is you could see the faces at the end of the game, there is excitement,” said East coach Brian Nast, whose team rushed for 258 yards and had 17 first downs. “We haven’t even started school and we have a ton of fans. That’s how big it is. We talk about it all week, but it’s a matter of seeing it on their faces.
“They know what it means.”
The Red Devils have gone 57-48-3 all-time against West and won for the 16th time in the past 18 games of the historic series.
It also was East’s first shutout since a win over Sheboygan North in October 2007 and the first blanking of West since 2004.
The Red Devils fumbled at the West 17 on their first series of the game, which erased an 11-play drive that featured 10 rushing attempts.
But from that point on, Nast couldn’t have been happier with his team’s execution. The offense was methodical throughout, using the running game to consistently drive down the field and take up large chunks of both yards and time.
East ran at least 10 plays on five of its six possessions. The only drive that didn’t was the one that ended because of halftime.
The Red Devils took a 7-0 lead with 10 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in the second quarter on a 7-yard TD run on a keeper by sophomore quarterback Christopher Frelich.
The drive was extended when West was flagged for roughing the punter on fourth-and-21 from the East 36.
“You know, there are mistakes made in football,” West coach Jeff Behrendt said. “There are penalties and you make mistakes. You have to own up to them.
“I’m not going to blame anybody or anything for how the game went. We made the mistakes and we are going to live with them. I’m not going to make any excuses.”
East went up 14-0 on its next drive, which was capped by a 4-yard TD run from Delzer with 3:56 left in the first half.
“That kid is going to be something,” said Cropsey, who missed last year’s game against West after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in a knee. “Keep your eye out for Noah Delzer this year. He played phenomenal on both sides of the ball. If you watched him on defense, he had his nose in on everything.
“I’m so proud of him. I love the kid.”
The Red Devils scored their final TD of the night on a 2-yard run from sophomore running back Deonte Carlton with 2:18 left in the third quarter, but they might have saved their best for the end.
After holding West out of the end zone on fourth down-and-goal at the East 1 in the opening minutes of the fourth — a number of Wildcats fans on the sideline expressed disagreement with the officials after quarterback Dalton Ibuaka was ruled down on a keeper — the Red Devils went to work one final time by running out the final 8:42.
“I see character and teamwork,” Nast said of his team. “That’s what I see when I walk out there.”
GB East 20, GB West 0
GBE- Chris Frelich 7 yard run (Megan Morris kick) GBE- Noah Delzer 4 yard run (Megan Morris kick)
GBE- Deonte Carlton 2 yard run (kick failed)
Rushing — GB East, Noah Delzer 28-142. GB West, Jamar Brown 7-22.
Passing — GB East, Christopher Frelich 1-4–4. GB West, Brett Dejardin 1-4–9.
Receiving — GB East, Jordan McAllister 1-4.