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Good start, bad finish for Bulldogs in loss

by Mike Ramczyk

September 15, 2011

FALL RIVER — Just like the week before at Hustisford, the Williams Bay football team hung tough at the start of Friday night's Trailways South tilt at Fall River.

Unfortunately, just like the Hustisford game, Fall River eventually pulled away and it was too late for the Bay.

Jake Sutter connected on a 65-yard touchdown toss to Jerid Bauscher to tie the game at 6-6 in the first quarter. However, Fall River scored all of its points in the first half, including 24 in the second quarter to run away with a 36-6 victory.

The loss dropped the Bay to 0-4 and extended its losing streak to 31 games dating back to 2007. Coach Buddy Breen said it was a tough game.

"It started well, but it went south from there," Breen said. "It was a flashback of the old Bulldogs. Once the momentum switched over to them, it was over. It was pretty frustrating. We came out great, then I don't know. We had a lot of mental miscues."

The Pirates jumped out to a 6-0 lead on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Max Traumberg to Kyle Marks. Then, the Bay answered right back with Sutter's rocket to Bauscher. The junior quarterback hit Bauscher about 30 yards downfield, and Bauscher took it to the house.

"Jerid ran a post seam, and Jake made a great throw," Breen said. "Jerid's pretty fast. It was really exciting. (Lake Geneva Generals head coach) Derek Diehl helped spot the opening for that play."

However, it was all Fall River from that point on. The Pirates proceeded to score on a touchdown run in the first quarter before scoring 24 points on three touchdown runs in the second quarter. They took a 36-6 lead into the half, and neither team scored again. For the game, the Pirates ran for 260 yards, led by Marks' 107 and three touchdowns.

"We gave them a short field a lot of times, and they ran a ton," Breen said.

In last week's loss to Hustisford, the Bay fumbled eight times, and this game wasn't much better. The Bulldogs put the ball on the ground seven times, losing only two, but often putting themselves in long down-and-distance situations.

"It's more of mental thing," Breen said. "We've drilled and drilled this stuff in practice during the week. The fumbles are unacceptable."

Offensively, leading rusher Josh Hills ran for 60 yards, but the Bay only mustered 66 total on the ground. Breen said the offense was pretty stagnant.

Injuries didn't help the Bay's cause. Three starting offensive linemen were out.

Korey Gregornik broke his collarbone and is out for the season. Also, James Woss and Christian Kolmos had to sit out with ankle injuries.

"We had a hard time moving the ball," Breen said.

The Bay passed for 121 yards. Bauscher added a 21-yard catch, finishing with two catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. John Higgins also spent some time behind center, completing five of 15 passes for 46 yards and two interceptions.

On Friday, the Bay returns home to face Maranatha Baptist (2-2). Like the Bay, Baptist also lost handily to SWCHA.

"We need to get our heads in check and trust each other," Breen said.