Fowlkes' five touchdowns floor Badgers
September 10, 2010 | 09:26 PM
Lake Geneva -- Delavan-Darien senior running back Justin Fowlkes is stating his case to not only win Southern Lakes Conference player of the year, but also garner first-team all-state honors. The 5-foot-7, 160-pound high school version of Barry Sanders is that good.
He scored early and often, including three second-quarter touchdowns runs en route to five total scores as the visiting Comets white-washed the Badgers, 40-20, Friday night.
Fowlkes, who tore through Big Foot's defense last week for 183 yards, followed up his Geneva Lake tour with a 210-yard encore on only 16 carries. Badger coach Matt Hensler gave credit where it was due.
"He was everything I expected and more," he said. "He's awesome. Fowlkes reminded me of Jared Stan (former Badger standout). He's so much stronger than he was last year. And if it's even possible, he's faster than he was last year. Fowlkes is super-talented, and their coaches do exactly the right scheme to take advantage of him and their other fast kids."
The Badger defense held Fowlkes at bay for the first quarter, limiting the Comets to a 7-0 advantage after one.
But Fowlkes scored on touchdown jaunts of 65, 13 and eight yards in the second quarter alone to give Delavan a commanding 28-7 lead. Badger's only first-half score came on a 20-yard run by junior Rory Klean, which cut the Comet lead to 14-7.
Badger opened the second half with the ball, but failed to convert a fourth down run, leaving another opportunity for the lightning-fast Fowlkes. The back, who is currently in the top 10 in the state with 585 rushing yards through three games, found a hole and outran everyone down the left sideline for a 36-yard score. This gave Delavan a 34-7 lead.
But then the Badger offense started clicking on all cylinders. Under the direction of sophomore quarterback Peter Krien, who replaced senior starter Max Fanning after halftime, Badger showed flashes of the John Leibforth-led triple option machine of last year. Krien and senior running back Trevor York kept pulling off big runs, leading to an 11-yard scoring scamper by York with 10:13 left in the game to cut the lead to 34-14.
But Fowlkes answered back with possibly his most ridiculously athletic run of the night. He ran to the left on a counter, broke an arm tackle while stopping on a dime to switch directions, then hit the accelerate button much like a video game and turned on the jets for a game-capping 51-yard touchdown run.
Badger wasn't done, though. A 49-yard run by York where he cut back across the grain set up Badger deep in Delavan territory nearly midway through the fourth quarter. Krien capped off the drive with the team's final score, a six-yard burst up the middle.
Now at 0-3 for the season, Badger must win out to have any shot at winning the SLC. Krien knows the squad must bounce back.
"We must have faith," an emotional Krien said. "We'll win a conference championship if we start playing like Badger should play. We had a great week in practice this week, and we're going to build from there."
Krien finished with 88 yards rushing and the touchdown. York led Badger with 158 yards rushing on 21 carries with a score. The senior back, who led the team with over 1,000 yards rushing as a junior, enjoyed his first breakout game of the season.
The Comets ended up with 483 total yards with more than 300 coming in the first half. Badger finished with 355 total yards, 354 on the ground.
Hensler said his squad can take some positives from the loss.
"The kids kept playing as hard as they could," he said. "Offensively, we moved the ball better in the second half. We got out of our mode by playing from behind. But I thought we played alright in the second half. We will start working on Wilmot tomorrow morning."
Badger will look for its first win next Friday night at Wilmot (1-2). The Panthers lost tonight to Elkhorn, 7-6. Hensler told his players in the huddle after the game that they can still win conference if they win out. Next Friday's kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Delavan-Darien 40, Badger 20
DD 7 21 6 6 - 40
LG 0 7 0 13 - 20
DD - Jordan Hesebeck 20 pass from Austin Fritzinger, 7:58 (Alexander Limones kick)
DD - Justin Fowlkes 65 run, 11:10 (Limones kick)
LG - Rory Klean 20 run (Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz kick)
DD - Fowlkes 13 run, 7:43 (Limones kick good)
DD - Fowlkes 8 run, :03 (Limones kick)
DD - Fowlkes 36 run, 9:16 (Limones kick failed)
LG - Trevor York 11 run, 10:13 (Gruenwald-Schmitz kick)
DD - Fowlkes 51 run, 9:55 (kick blocked)
LG - Peter Krien 6 run, 7:18 (kick blocked)
Rushing - LG: York 21-158; Krien 15-88; Klean 12-55; Max Fanning 4-28; Nate Kendzior 5-27. DD: Fowlkes 16-210; Austin Fritzinger 14-107. Passing - LG: Krien 1-9, 1 yard. DD: Fritzinger 6-9, 130, TD, INT. Receiving - LG: Mike McBride 1-1. DD: Jordan Hesebeck 4-116.