Chiefs lose first home game in five years, now 0-2
September 03, 2010 | 09:57 PM
Walworth -- October 14, 2005.
I'm sure the majority of you don't remember what you were doing on that day. But the Big Foot football team had a game that day and lost 12-0 at home to Evansville.
Since that loss, 17 opponents have attempted the daunting task of winning at Big Foot, and all of them failed.
However, the Delavan-Darien Comets strolled into town Friday night, and the football Gods finally were on the visiting team's side.
The Comets routed the Chiefs, 34-14, thanks in part to a monster game from running back Justin Fowlkes. The 5-foot-8 scat back killed Big Foot with the big play, scoring on touchdown runs of 38, 69 and 28 yards. If Big Foot figured out where Fowlkes was running, he broke through arm tackles. And if he had an open hole, Fowlkes used his impressive speed to run by everyone else on the field.
"Fowlkes is the real deal," Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig said of Fowlkes, who finished with 183 yards on the ground. "He was very impressive along with Delavan's whole team. They were very fast, and we aren't as fast as we have been in recent years."
It was a case of bad luck early, as quarterback Jake Wedig took a vicious blow to the knee right after releasing the ball on a third-and-long pass in the first quarter. Wedig had to leave the game, and sophomore Carter Hare replaced him. Wedig said the injury could be serious.
"I am going to have an MRI tomorrow morning," Jake said. "There's a good chance it could be my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). It doesn't look good."
So, with Jake most likely on the shelf for at least next week, Hare showed some signs of promise for the 0-2 Chiefs. He finished the contest 6 for 15 with 151 yards and two touchdowns. The first scoring strike came on a trick play in the second quarter that made it a game.
With Big Foot down 6-0, quarterback Jordan Gottman took the snap and reversed the ball to Hare, who fumbled. But he picked up the ball and found senior receiver Mike Kunes wide open about 40 yards downfield. Kunes did the rest, running in for a score to cut the lead to 7-6.
But Fowlkes was just getting warmed up. After a Comet scoring pass made it 14-6 at halftime, Fowlkes ran for two touchdowns, one in the third and one in the fourth, the put the game out of reach at 28-6.
Hare tried to will his squad to victory with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Matt Ripkey with 7:20 remaining in the game, but Delavan answered right back with a 10-yard scoring scamper by quarterback Austin Fritzinger late in the game.
Coach Wedig said he isn't surprised by the 0-2 start, and he knows the real season begins with the team's first Rock Valley game Friday at Brodhead-Juda.
"We knew realistically there was a chance we could start 0-4," he said. "We have to grow week by week. We are just trying to find a healthy body to carry the ball right now. We have a bunch of minor injuries right now. We only suited up five of 10 seniors tonight. We even brought up some freshmen to push some of these older guys. And I think the effort was there most of the time on defense."
Wedig said Hare's performance was something the offense can build on.
"He was great," Wedig said. "We weren't sure where we wanted to go after Jake went down. At halftime, we made the decision to have Carter play the rest of the game. He did a great job in the two-minute drill. I couldn't ask for more from him. I'm assuming Jake's out at least another week. We have to get better quickly."
Check Wednesday's Regional News for a complete story.
Delavan-Darien 34, Big Foot 14
DD - Justin Fowlkes 38 run, :38, 7-0
BF - Mike Kunes 60 pass from Carter Hare, 8:40, 7-6
DD - Marcus McLin 20 pass from Austin Fritzinger, 7:02, 14-6
DD - Fowlkes 69 run, 11:40, 21-6
DD - Fowlkes 28 run, 8:35, 28-6
BF - Matt Ripkey 20 pass from Hare, 7:20, 28-14
DD - Fritzinger 10 run, 34-14
Passing -- BF: Hare 6-15, 151 yards, 2 TD, 0INT. DD:Fritzinger 5-15, 63 yards, TD, rushing TD. Rushing -- BF: Mason Dixon 9-29. DD: Fowlkes 21-183, 3TD. Receiving -- BF: Ripkey 4-79, TD; Kunes 1-60, TD.
Other area scores
West Allis Hale 17, Badger 14
Living Word Lutheran 46, Williams Bay 0
Elkhorn 21, Campbellsport 9
Columbus 40, Whitewater 9
Burlington 12, Racine Park 0
Muskego 10, Waterford 0
Port Washington 27, Westosha Central 23
Catholic Central 49, Shoreland Lutheran 28
Milwaukee Pius 28, Wilmot 9
East Troy 28, SWCHA 14
Richmond-Burton 47, Mendota 7
Alden-Hebron 20, Kirkland Hiawatha 0
Grayslake Central 35, Woodstock North 0
Woodstock 24, Grayslake North 21
Jacobs 37, Johnsburg 17
St. Charles North 62, McHenry 49
Lakes 21, Harvard 14