SPENCER – For Spencer/Columbus it was about staying focused and improving, while Neillsville wanted to get a first hand look at where it wants to be one day.
Both teams got what they wanted.
An efficient Rockets offense rolled up a bunch of points early to take control of the game and post a 60-6 Cloverbelt Conference win over the Warriors Friday at Ted Fritsch Field.
Spencer/Columbus improved to 3-0 overall and is the last undefeated team in the league, while Neillsville slipped to 1-2.
“We knew this would be a learning week,” said Rockets senior Ryan Busse, who had two touchdowns. “Our focus was doing our assignments right and improving every day.
“We have something good going now and our focus is to get better and take things a week at a time.”
Neillsville coach Chris Poeschel and his Warriors knew what kind of team they were facing and hoped that his players would use the game as a learning experience.
“We talked about trying to learn from Spencer,” Poeschel said. “They are one of the best teams in the area and the kind of program I want our kids to aspire to have at Neillsville. They’ve very disciplined and well coached and play as team. It’s actually fun watching them play, in all honesty. We got a chance to see what a good high school team looks like tonight.”
Down 41-0 in the latter half of the second quarter, senior running back Jahean McGee gave the team and the Warriors fans something to cheer about.
McGee fielded a kickoff at his own 18 and started off to his right, right were his blockers were. A quick zig and a zag and McGee burst up the sideline for an 82-yard return, which narrowed the score to 41-6.
“Jahean has another level of speed in him and he’s fun to watch,” Poeschel said. “He’s one of our guys who has committed to the program and has done everything we ask of him.”
With a solid lead at the half, the Rockets sent their subs into the game early in the third and two sophomores scored touchdowns. Jacob Miller scored on a 7-yard run in the third quarter and Carson Hildebrandt capped the scoring with a 4-yard run in the fourth.
“We came out and executed early with our upperclassmen and that gave us a chance to play our young guys,” S/C coach Jason Gorst said. “I was proud of underclassmen, and we played four good quarters of football tonight.
“I’m very happy being 3-0 and we like were the guys’ mindset is. They’re constantly striving for self improvement.”
In addition to Busse’s two TDs, sophomore Hunter Luepke scored on runs of 27 and 36 to up his touchdown total to six in the past two games.
“Our offensive line has been blocking really well all year,” Luepke said. “They’re setting the edge well and are making good kick out blocks. It’s really nice for the running backs to have big holes to run through.”
S/C – Jonny Tomke 1 run (Run failed), 10:46
S/C – Ryan Busse 36 blocked punt return (Austin Post run), 7:58
S/C – Hunter Luepke 7 run (Elijah Welsh kick), 4:41
S/C – Noah Zastrow (Kick failed), 2:24.
S/C – Busse 33 pass from Lenz (Hunter Hildebrandt pass from Lenz), 10:27
S/C – Luepke 26 run (Kick failed), 5:55
N – Jahean MaGee 82 kick return (Kick failed), 5:42
S/C – Post 7 run (Luepke run), 2:31
S/C – Jacob Miller 7 run (Luepke kick), 5:54
S/C – Carson Hildebrandt 4 run (Kick failed), 8:50
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