FISH CREEK, Wis.—A big night from Logan Shallow helped the Lena/Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy Titans knock off Gibraltar 58-34 in MONLPC-East division action on Friday.
The victory wraps up the MONLPC-East crown for the Titans (4-0 MONLPC-East, 7-0 overall) with one game remaining in the regular season.
All season long, Lena/STAA has relied on its powerful rushing attack and the formula for success was unchanged against the Vikings (2-2 MONLPC-East, 3-4 overall), with the Titans racking up 412 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
Shallow, the third-leading rusher in the MONLPC-East, led the way with 215 yards and three scores on 19 carries. Sam Marquardt backed up Shallow’s big night with one of his own, rushing for 158 yards and a score on 16 carries. Marquardt also threw for a touchdown.
“The game was a real shootout. We were able to score in just about every way possible and we needed it to beat the Vikings,” Titans coach Dale Lange said. “Their quarterback, Sam Lindenberg, is a really good athlete and was very tough to contain. Fortunately, we had some nice runs and returned a punt and some kickoffs for scores, or took them deep into their half of the field. I give credit to Gibraltar for never quitting, even when they were down by three scores.”
Gibraltar jumped out to an early 8-0 lead after Lindenberg found Braden Sitte for an 8-yard score before successfully converting the two-point run.
Two scores from Marquardt, the first a 59-yard rushing touchdown and the second a 75-yard punt return, put Lena/STAA ahead 16-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The two teams traded touchdowns to begin the second quarter, with Ethan Braley hauling in a 7-yard scoring toss from Marquardt before Sitte scored on a 33-yard bomb.
A 1-yard run by Shallow was countered by a 26-yard scoring sprint from Lindenberg as the Vikings cut Lena/STAA’s lead to eight, but the Titans closed out the first half with 14 unanswered points.
After Lindenberg’s scoring run, Shallow returned the ensuing kickoff 73 yards to the house for score while Marquardt’s successful two-point run put the Titans ahead by 16.
Shallow tacked on a 44-yard touchdown run to give Lena/STAA a 44-22 edge at halftime.
Shallow kept the points coming for the Titans to begin the second half, scoring on a 15-yard touchdown run to give Lena/STAA a 28-point cushion.
The score remained unchanged until the fourth quarter, when Braden Kita found Sitte for a 41-yard touchdown.
Lane Whiting added a 3-yard scoring run for the Titans before Lindenberg found the endzone on an 8-yard touchdown frolic.
Whiting finished his night with 39 yards on 10 carries.
The Titans wrapped the game up with a safety with three minutes and seven seconds remaining.
Lena/STAA is slated to close out the regular season at home on Friday against Oneida Nation/Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran at 7 p.m. The Blazers lost by forfeit to Gillett a week ago.
Florence 44, Wausaukee 16
WAUSUAKEE—Points were hard to come by for the Wausaukee Rangers against Florence in Friday’s MONLPC-West division contest.
The Rangers (0-4 MONLPC-West 1-6 overall) scored eight points in the first quarter and eight more in the fourth, but struggled to muster any offense in the middle of the game and the result was a 44-16 loss to the Bobcats (2-2 MONLPC-West, 4-3 overall).
Florence drew first blood with a 10-yard touchdown run by Will Kelley but the Rangers countered with a 9-yard touchdown throw by Kamden Stumbris to Nathan Shaw to tie the game at 8-8.
Kelley scored again in the second quarter on a 4-yard run as the Bobcats took an eight-point lead at halftime. Kelley tacked on another touchdown run, this time from 19-yards out, to give Florence the 22-8 edge after three quarters.
The Bobcats owned the fourth quarter, ripping off 22 points to put the game out of reach for Wausaukee.
The Rangers’ final score came on a 61-yard jaunt by Stumbris with 8:55 remaining.
Stumbris was Wausaukee’s top offensive option, completing 15-of-30 passes for 170 yards and rushing for 78 yards on 19 carries. He accounted for both of the Rangers’ touchdowns.
Shaw was Wausaukee’s top pass catcher, snaring eight passes for 71 yards and a score. Layne Rowley had three catches for 36 yards and Ethan Phillips registered two receptions for 45 yards.
Prestin Brunette had four carries for 18 yards while Luke Smith carried the ball once for five yards.
Wausaukee closes out the regular season with a trip to Three Lakes (3-1 MONLPC-East, 6-1 overall) on Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Crivitz 49, Menominee Indian 14
CRIVITZ—A second-quarter offensive explosion propelled the Crivitz Wolverines to a 49-14 blowout win over Menominee Indian in Northwoods Conference play on Friday.
The Eagles (2-4 Northwoods, 2-7 overall) returned the game’s opening kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown but Crivitz managed to tie the game up thanks to a 25-yard scoring run by Tegan Werner.
A 2-yard touchdown run by Wendell Waukau put Menominee Indian ahead by a touchdown but was also the final points of the night for the Eagles, as the Wolverines’ defense pitched a shutout the rest of the way.
Touchdown runs of two and 27 yards by Werner gave Crivitz (4-2 Northwoods, 5-3 overall) an eight-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but the floodgates truly opened in the second quarter.
The Wolverines reeled off 27 unanswered points to seal the victory before halftime.
Cashton Mertens found Sean Christiansen for a 73-yard touchdown pass while Chad Schroeder (nine yards) and Werner 58 yards) each punched in rushing touchdowns.
Eli Gruszynski picked off a pass by Waukau and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to give Crivitz the 35-point advantage at halftime.
Werner had six carries for 124 yards and four touchdowns, Dillan Gehm backed him up with 56 yards on 10 carries, Mertens had seven carries for 56 yards and Kaden Klaver had one carry for 51 yards.
Crivitz hosts Crandon (3-3 Northwoods, 5-4 overall) in the regular-season finale on Friday at 7 p.m.