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BREAKING: Walker's four scores propel Chiefs past Falcons
Badger, Bay fall in season openers

by Mike Ramczyk

August 18, 2011

Paddock Lake - Kenneth Walker needs to ask his parents to buy him a lottery ticket. As a matter of fact, he might need the whole roll.

It was that kind of Friday night for the Big Foot senior running back.

Celebrating his 17th birthday, Walker's gift that kept on giving was the Westosha Central defense and special teams.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound speed demon returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a score en route to a four-touchdown night, lifting Division 4 Big Foot over the Division 2 Falcons, 49-21.

"I just wanted to do something special for my birthday," Walker said. "I was feeling good today."

Walker racked up 117 yards on a mere nine carries with three touchdown scampers. He credited his teammates for his amazing performance.

"Cut backs were there, and the linemen kept pushing," Walker said. "I wasn't sure how we would start out. I was a little surprised. The beginning of the game was a little scary, but we ended up working together."

Walker scored on a two-yard run with 7:52 left in the first quarter to extend Big Foot's lead to 14-0 before the Falcons answered with a strong drive capped off by a Tyler Stoxen touchdown run with three minutes left in the period.

That only fueled the Big Foot offensive explosion further. Walker and Spencer Volbrecht tallied touchdowns, and a Carter Hehr 25-yard touchdown catch from Jake Wedig gave the Chiefs a comfortable 35-7 halftime lead.

The teams traded scores in the second half with the game out of reach. Big Foot receiver Jordan Miller, a senior transfer from Burlington Catholic Central, scored his first varsity touchdown on a 17-yard slant from Wedig to open the fourth quarter. Miller made the grab, ran through the Westosha cornerback and stretched the ball across the goal line with a tenacious effort.

"It was really exciting to get my first touchdown," Miller said. "This team is amazing. We can go as far as we want. We have the personnel and the coaching."

Wedig had an efficient day, completing six of nine after misfiring on his first two attempts to finish with 97 yards and two touchdowns.

"Westosha was playing pretty loose," he said. "Bubbles and screen passes were working. Our mindset was to get out, punch them in their mouth, and run it down their throats. We got two great running backs."

Junior running back Mason Dixon complemented Walker with 88 yards on 12 carries.

Overall, Big Foot's power overwhelmed Westosha. Head coach Rodney Wedig was confident going into the game.

"I told the team if we don't shoot ourselves in the foot, with the weapons we have, it will be tough to stop us," Rodney Wedig said. "The passing game was on, and we had people making plays all over. It was a great way to start."

Coach Wedig commended Walker's performance.

"I noticed ever since track he has stepped up his approach to the game and practice," he said. "As far as a rare athlete, he's probably more athletic than his brother Mike. He's so smooth, sometimes he looks like he isn't even going full speed. He made a pretty good defensive team look like they were slow."

Rodney Wedig said an early third and long helped his team pull away.

"Jake hit Matt Ripkey on a nice seam pass when we were up 14-7," he said. "We were able to score there, then Shaun Sovsky made a nice pick. After that, we had two blocked punts that kept us on a short field."

Big Foot (1-0) travels to Delavan-Darien, a Division 3 state semifinalist a year ago, next Friday night.

Check Wednesday's Regional News for a complete story including photos from the game.

Mukwonago 23, Badger 15

Mukwonago - The hometown boys fell victim to a passing assault from Mukwonago quarterback Cody Novotny Friday night.

Novotny connected on four of five passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Indians to victory.

Mukwonago, Badger coach Matt Hensler's alma mater and the school where his retired father won a Division 1 state title, jumped out to a 23-0 lead, forcing the run-dominated Badgers into catch-up mode.

But Badger answered with two Chris Walker scoring sprints, the latter coming with around six minutes left in the game to cut the lead to 23-15. But it wasn't enough as Mukwonago beat Badger for the third time in four years.

Quarterback Peter Krien paced Badger with 89 yards rushing.

Check Wednesday's Regional News for a full story.

Rio 31, Williams Bay 0

Rio - The Bay will have to wait at least another week for its first win since 2007.

That's because the Vikings jumped out to a 13-0 lead and scored in each quarter in a rout.

Williams Bay senior running back Josh Hills rushed for a career-high 109 yards on 24 carries, but a few defensive breakdowns spelled disaster for the Bulldogs.

The Bay will host SWHCA home school next Friday at 7 p.m.

Check Wednesday's Regional News for a full story.

Other area scores

Burlington 21, Racine Horlick 13

Elkhorn 19, Sheboygan Falls 13

Delavan-Darien 34, Whitewater 7

Waterford 52, Brown Deer 13

Wilmot 62, Burlington Catholic Central 20

Racine Case 31, Union Grove 13

East Troy 62, Clinton 0