When running the ball wasn’t working, the Wausau West football team switched gears and went to the air.
Junior quarterback David Seamon competed seven of 16 passes for 135 and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 23-0 shutout over Appleton East in Valley Football Association North Division action Friday at Thom Field.
The Warriors improved to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the VFA North. The overall mark is the best since the 1996 team went 6-3 and advanced to the playoffs. West’s first-round playoff opponent will be determined today.
The shutout was the second of the year for the West defense, which forced two turnovers and scored 10 points off the extra opportunities.
“Our defense has kept us in games all year and did another great job tonight,” Seamon said. “Usually our running game opens up our passing game, but it was the other way around tonight.”
Seamon connected with four different receivers and Austin Bates and Logan Dennison were the touchdown recipients.
Bates scored in the first quarter on an 11-yard slant into the end zone, while Dennison’s was a 71-yard catch and run that put the Warriors up 20-0 with 2 minutes, 26 seconds left in the third quarter.
Even though no West running back ran for more than 40 yards, Jacob Martin scored on a 15-yard sweep in the second quarter.
“East put a lot of people in the box and made it tough for us to get our running game going,” West coach Kevin Grundy said. “I thought coach (Matt) Johnson did a good job working with the guys on our play-action series tonight. David did a nice job making some plays on his own.”
West even got some points on special teams on a 41-yard field goal by Drew Pearson in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors drove the ball from their own 24 and eight plays later lined up for the field goal.
West’s defense forced East to either punt or turn the ball over on 10 possessions.
“We knew that this game was going to be our offense against their defense and they have a great defense,” Patriots coach Pat Schwanke said. “When it came to push and shove time, West stood up and made some plays.”
The Warriors had just one turnover, which they got back four plays later when East gave it back on downs.
“We finished a good regular season on a high note and now we’re excited for our second season,” Grundy said.