The Cedar Grove-Belgium football team forced five turnovers and Drew Emperley threw four first-half touchdowns as the Rockets earned a 50-7 win over host Bonduel to advance to the third round of the WIAA State Division 5 Football Tournament on Friday night.
“We jumped on them early and they came back, but then we dug in and they turned the ball over and we capitalized,” Cedar Grove coach Chris Zablocki said. “Bonduel gave us some breaks and we took full advantage of it. Turnovers are always a key and we did a good job getting them tonight.”
No. 1-seeded Cedar Grove (10-1) took an early lead over No. 5 Bonduel (7-4) as Emperley hit Logan Peterson on a 9-yard strike and Aaron Chier returned a punt 69 yards to give the Rockets a 12-0 advantage.
Bonduel responded to make it 12-7 at the end of the first frame, but it was all Cedar Grove from there with the Rockets leading 32-7 at halftime and 44-7 at the end of the third quarter.
Emperley finished 10-of-16 for 188 yards with four touchdowns, while Chier had 13 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns to go along with his punt return.
Peterson had four catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns, while Josh Winkleff had five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown to go along with seven carries for 17 yards and a touchdown.
Cedar Grove will face the winner of the No. 2 Kewaunee (9-1) at No. 6 Winnebago Lutheran (6-4) matchup, being played today.
…12 20 12 6
Bonduel…7 0 0 0 — 7
— Drew Emperley 9 pass to Logan Peterson (2PT run fail)
CG — Aaron Chier 69 punt return (2PT run fail)
Bo — Hunter Van Der Linden 57 run (PAT Jacob Zeitler)
CG — Emperley 28 pass to Brian Mueller (2PT run Josh Winkleff )
CG — Emperley 8 pass to Winkleff (2PT fail)
CG — Emperley 39 pass to Logan Peterson (2PT fail)
CG — Chier 49 run (2PT fail)
CG — Winkleff 4 run (PAT fail)
CG — Chier 11 run (PAT fail)
First downs 10 11
Rushing 31-144 39-244
Yards passing 188 45
Comp.-Att-Int 10-16-0 3-11-1
Fumbles 0-0 5-4
Rushing: CG — A. Chier 13-101, 2 TDS; Greg Wenzel 9-37, Josh Winkleff 7-17, 1TD. Bo — Hunter Van Der Linden 20-136, 1 TD
CG — Drew Emperley 10-16-0-4. Bo — Colton Dobratz 3-11-1-0
CG — Logan Peterson 4-84, 2TDs; Josh Winkleff 5-76, 1TD; Brian Mueller 1-28, 1TD. Bo — Danny Tauschen 1-16