Badger, Chief football start season on wrong foot
August 27, 2010 | 09:55 PM
Bloomfield Township -- The first game of the high school football season means new players trying to click together to eventually become a cohesive unit.
On Friday night at Badger, the home team simply did not do that.
But Mukwonago did.
The Indians bombarded Badger with a 19-point second quarter to earn a blowout victory in week one, 33-14.
Badger coach Matt Hensler said the team was not prepared for Mukwonago.
"We were not ready to play," he said. "We were playing scared. They took it to us, and we stood back and let them do whatever they wanted. That falls 100 percent on the coaches. That is our fault. We've been so up and down in practice that it's really no surprise that we got blown out."
Hensler cited mental errors and missed assignments when addressing the team immediately after the game.
"I'm going to sit and watch film tomorrow and count our missed assignments," Hensler said to his somber squad. "I bet there will be over 100."
Despite Badger's shortcomings, give Mukwonago and its one-man wrecking crew, senior quarterback Derek Hasanoglu a lot of credit. The 6-foot-4, 201-pound stud was an absolute beast and did whatever he wanted whenever he wanted. The signal-caller, ranked as one of the top quarterbacks in the state, racked up 132 yards rushing and four touchdowns, mostly all in the first half. He also threw for 129 yards on only four completions, each one tallying more than 30 yards. Hasanoglu's effortless poise and running ability made it look as if he was jogging.
Hensler gave Hasanoglu his credit.
"He's a good quarterback," he said. "But when we go half-speed, he looks amazing. He's good enough on his own. He doesn't need our help."
Badger accumulated seven penalties and had only 157 total yards of offense compared to its opponent, 344. Both teams already had their second units on the field by the end of the third quarter.
Star running back Trevor York was held to a mere 17 yards on nine carries.
"We were going soft in practice," York said. "Guys weren't going all-out. We weren't going after it. It's something to build off. I see it as a learning experience, and we're going to learn from it. The holes weren't opening tonight, but it's definitely going to be there. Tomorrow morning, we need to come in, watch film and just be focused."
Hensler said there was no silver lining in two late touchdown runs by sophomore quarterback Peter Krien. Hensler hopes guys learn from this game.
"I would hope they would be very, very concerned about tonight's result," he said. "Us as coaches better do a better job of getting these kids ready. Otherwise, there will be nine games like this."
Mukwonago 33, Badger 14
MUK 7 19 7 0 -- 33
LG 0 0 0 14 -- 14
Leading rushers -- LG: Peter Krien 7-57; Max Fanning 7-19; Trevor York 9-17. MUK: Derek Hasanolglu 17-132, four touchdowns. Leading passer -- LG: Max Fanning 2-3, 20 yards; MUK: Hasanoglu 4-7, 129 yards. Leading receiver -- Tom Cychner 1-32.
Young Chiefs lose lead, game
Harvard, Ill. -- Back on a snowy, freezing night on Nov. 20, 2008, the Big Foot Chiefs football squad lost its first WIAA Division 4 state title game. Big Foot lost, 20-0, in that game. It was the last time they lost a game, period.
Until Friday night.
That's because the host Harvard, Ill. took it to the young Chiefs in a 15-7 victory. Big Foot had a chance to tie it late, but the offense turned the ball over on downs with under a minute left. Coach Rodney Wedig said it was a sloppy performance.
"It is what you'd expect from young guys," Wedig said. "We moved the ball offensively. At the worst possible times, we had big turnovers or penalties. But mistakes happen. We want to be ready by the Rock Valley season at the least."
The Hornets kicked a field goal with under a minute left in the game to make the score 15-7, and Big Foot score. However, Wedig said his son Jake engineered a nice hurry-up offensive drill.
Also, junior running back Kenny Walker. Walker jolted for a 60-yard touchdown, putting his team on the board with a 7-0 lead. Walker finished with 108 yards on 14 carries.
Furthermore, Wedig completed nine of 20 passes with two picks. Senior receiver Mike Kunes nabbed three passes for 42 yards.
Wedig said that despite a few let-downs, he wasn't disappointed in his squad at all.
Check Wednesday's Regional News for full stories and stats from the games.
Other area scores
Delavan-Darien 62, Whitewater 7
Elkhorn 15, Sheboygan Falls 3
Kenosha Bradford 49, Burlington 14
Waterford 21, Plymouth 7
Wilmot 14, Burlington Catholic Central 7
Palmyra-Eagle 14, Lake Mills 12
River Valley 28, Brodhead-Juda 14
Richmond-Burton 34, Oregon 8
Marian Central 56, North Chicago 12
Grayslake North 27, Woodstock 15
Larkin 35, McHenry 21