WIAA football: Roncalli routs Chilton to advance to Level 2

WIAA football: Roncalli routs Chilton to advance to Level 2


WIAA football: Roncalli routs Chilton to advance to Level 2


Roncalli coach Ray Baranczyk praised his second unit for getting the starters ready this past week for Saturday’s WIAA Division 4 playoff opener against Chilton.

Of course, this season the reserves get nearly as much playing time as the regulars. Maybe it was the starters preparing the backups for the game.

Roncalli exploded for 27 second-quarter points to put a close game out of reach, and advanced with a 41-7 victory over its Olympian-Packerland Large rival at Ron Rubick Field.

The Jets (10-0), the No. 1 seed in their regional, next plays at Little Chute on Friday at 7 p.m., a No. 5 seed which knocked off No. 4 Peshtigo 42-14 on Friday. WIAA rules state a team that wins on the road in Level 1 gets a home game for Level 2, if the higher seeded team already hosted an opener.

The Jets should be fairly rested.

As has been customary in this season of impressive blowouts, many of Roncalli’s starters were taken out of the rotation in the third quarter.

“Our coaches tell us, repetition is the key,” senior fullback/linebacker Alex Deets said. “…then we go out and take care of business.”

Only once has Roncalli been held to under 34 points (in a 21-7 win over Chilton on Oct. 4) and only once has an opposing offense scored more than seven (42-24 win over Southern Door on Oct. 11, and that game was 35-10 at halftime).

Running back Joey Macdonald rushed 11 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns, just one carry after halftime. Quarterback Jared Patek had one carry and no passes after the break, Deets only two rushing attempts.

Instead, reserve back Jon Paul Ruether took over, rushing for 54 yards on eight carries and a touchdown in the second half. In all, 11 Jets took handoffs.

Roncalli was up only 7-0 after one quarter, but a TD reception by Stelzer (20 yards from Patek on 4th-and-17) and TD runs by Macdonald, Stelzer and Deets broke it open.

“We knew they’d be coming for us. We didn’t come out strong the last time we played, so we wanted to come out and punch them in the mouth,” said Stelzer.

Chilton (5-5) fumbled on its first play from scrimmage, and Macdonald scored from 26 yards out on Roncalli’s first play.

The teams traded blows for the first of the half until Patek found Stelzer one minute into the second quarter, and that opened the floodgates.

Of the Jets’ six scoring drives, just one took more than five plays.

“It’s hard to beat a team twice in one season. But I never question the character of this team,” said Baranczyk. “They played like we did all season long.

“We capitalized on the turnover on the first play, and kept up the intensity.”

The defense, meanwhile, shut down the Tigers. Chilton had 20 first-half rushes for 24 yards, and the passing game thew for 17 yards with two interceptions, picked off by Stelzer and Josh Erickson.

Spencer Fricke recovered the fumble to open the game, and Austin Schneider and Chaz Kerscher made nice tackles in key first-half moments. Deets laid a hit that drew ooohs and ahhhs from the crowd.

Baranczyk said Little Chute will present a challenge next week, but Roncalli has dealt with every challenge in its path very, very well.

“They play in a big conference, they’re a team that’s battle-hardened. They like to throw the ball and they have speed,” he said.

“Our kids play like a team, and executed the gameplan almost to perfection.”

…0 0 0 7
— 7

Roncalli…7 27 0 7 — 41

Scoring summary

First Quarter

MR — Joey Macdonald 26 run (Zach Jacquart kick)

Second Quarter

MR — Nick Stelzer 20 pass from Jared Patek (Jacquart kick)

Macdonald 52 run (kick blocked)

Stelzer 7 run (Patek run)

XMR — Alex Deets 2 run (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter

Jon Paul Ruether 30 run (Jacquart kick)

Adam Klein 1 run (Brandon Wollersheim kick)

Team stats


First downs 10 18

Rushing 39-74 46-360

Yards passing 62 43

Comp.-Att-Int 5-15-2 2-4-0

Individual leaders:

Rushing: Ch — Marcus Wise 15-42; Jerad Wagner 14-41. Ro — Joey Macdonald 11-157; Nick Stelzer 9-70, Jon Paul Ruether 9-56.

Ch — Boyd Delebreau 3-10-2-17; Adam Klein 2-5-0-45. Ro — Jared Patek 2-2-0-43.

Ch — Grant Richman 2-40. Ro — Nick Stelzer 2-43.


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