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September 07, 2012 | 09:26 PMWALWORTH - It wasn't supposed to be this easy.
Back in 2006, long before Big Foot's state title, the Evansville Blue Devils were the last Rock Valley football team to beat the Chiefs.
Fast forward to Friday night, and the unbeaten Blue Devils, a storied program, came into Walworth looking to stop Big Foot's 37-game conference win streak.
But when the final horn sounded, just like they have done all year, dominant play on both sides of the ball led the Chiefs to another lopsided victory.
Led by senior Mason Dixon's 196 rushing yards and three touchdowns, the Chiefs racked up more than 400 total yards in a 38-0 pounding of their Rock Valley North foe. It was the Chiefs' 38th straight conference victory. The Walworth boys have outscored opponents by a score of 129-20 in their three games (3-0).
"I'm a lot happier with this win than I've been with any all year," Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig said. "We needed a tough game against a quality team. They were well-coached, and they took away some things."
Wedig said the streak is nice, but it's about getting better.
"The win streak is a great accomplishment," he said. "We owe it to the people that started this to not let down. But for the most part, I try to keep these guys focused. Every game, we have to prepare for four quarters. And I don't care who's on the field, you have to play your best."
Dixon scored on jaunts of 15 and 29 yards in the first half to help Big Foot build a 21-0 halftime lead. His 196 yards is a season high, and he has amassed an eye-popping 514 yards and nine touchdowns in three games.
"Last year, I was in the shadow of Kenny (Walker)," Dixon said. "This year, I knew I needed to step up and do my thing."
While Dixon was as strong as ever, it was quarterback Carter Hehr who helped put the game away early in the third quarter. Just before getting drilled, Hehr found senior receiver Matt Ripkey down the middle of the field on a deep post for a 62-yard touchdown to make it 28-0. Ripkey took advantage of single coverage and flew over his defender to haul in the pass before running 40 yards to pay dirt.
"I got up and saw Ripkey running," Hehr said. "There's not too many people who can match up with Ripkey one-on-one. When Mason came up to me and said 'It wasn't for nothing,' I knew it was a big play. If we play as good as we did tonight, there's not a team that can stop us."
Hehr added a three-yard touchdown on the ground in the first quarter that capped off a five-minute, 13-play opening drive.
Near the end of the third quarter, Dixon scampered for a 40-yard score for good measure. On the play, he broke around left end, broke several tackles and outran the secondary.
Big Foot outgained Evansville, 412 to 141. Evansville's leading rusher Michael Johnson, who rushed for 250 yards in his previous game, was limited to 58 yards.
"Up front, Stafford Perry, (Austin) Snudden, Collin (Frederick), (Ian) Vara, all those guys that rotate in are just huge," Hehr said. "Stafford took up two or three blocks at a time. Garett (Cary) making the tackles and Gus (Wedig) filling in is huge."
Wedig said it's not your typical defensive bunch.
"The defense was absolutely amazing," he said. "It's a weird group of players. In the past, we've had those guys with killer instincts. We're an intellectual, quiet group. They just do their job and play fundamentally sound. That was about as fundamentally sound as you can play defensively."
Hehr completed three of four passes for 109 yards. He added 59 on the ground. Ripkey led all receivers with 78 yards on two catches. Gus Wedig added a catch for 31 yards.
Big Foot travels to Parkview next Friday.
"They've been averaging almost 350 yards per game," Wedig said. "They pose a big threat. I think the Rock Valley is so much closer this year. Every game, we're going to have to grind it out and work hard."
Badger 35, Westosha Central 0
Badger senior quarterback Peter Krien has been relatively quiet stat-wise this season.
Krien, who ran for more than 800 yards as a junior, was averaging a modest 70 yards per game on the ground and had one touchdown before Friday's home tilt with Southern Lakes foe Westosha Central.
The powerful, speedy back eclipsed his season total in one night, rushing for 206 yards and three touchdowns to help Badger cruise to victory.
Badger tallied a season-high 418 yards rushing and improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the SLC. The local boys sit atop the SLC standings with Waterford (2-0).
Krien added a 10-yard scoring strike to Jake Kozlowski late in the second quarter, which gave Badger a comfortable 21-0 halftime lead.
Midway through the third quarter, Krien's 43-yard scoring run put the game away for good at 28-0. Krien also scored on runs of 46 and 26 yards.
Tony Ashley's one-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter finished the scoring for Badger.
The Falcons were held to 209 total yards while Badger had 428.
Robert Johnson added 87 yards on the ground, and Matt Reynolds had 68.
Check Wednesday's Regional News for a full story.
Randolph 55, Williams Bay 13
It was anything but a smooth home opener for the Williams Bay football team Friday night.
Maybe it was the slick conditions, but for some reason the Bulldogs could not hold onto the ball in the first half. And before they knew it, the game was virtually over.
Randolph jumped out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead en route to a blowout victory in Trailways South action. In the first quarter alone, the Bay muffed a kickoff return and two punts which led to two touchdowns. On one punt, the ball went over the Bay punter's head and he kicked it before a Randolph defender fell on it for a touchdown.
The Bay showed some life late in the first quarter. First, on a double-pass play, Jacob Clark came down with an improbable 35-yard grab over three defenders to set up the Bulldogs in Randolph territory. Then, a 30-yard John Higgins run set up quarterback Jake Sutter's 27-yard touchdown pass to Higgins, cutting the lead to 28-7 near the end of the first quarter.
However, Randolph was able to pull away after that.
The Bay dropped to 0-3 overall, but the 13 points was a season high.
Check out more in Wednesday's Regional News.
Other area football scores
Wilmot 41, Elkhorn 6
Delavan-Darien 27, Union Grove 12
Waterford 21, Burlington 13
East Troy 26, Palmyra-Eagle 0
Whitewater 42, Beloit Turner 6