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High-scoring win for Chiefs

by John Halverson

September 05, 2013

WALWORTH — Big Foot and Delavan-Darien combined for 65 points in a game that started Friday night and didn't finish until Saturday.

The two-day game, which resulted in a 35-30 victory, occurred because rain stopped action in the second quarter Friday night and the two teams had to finish up Saturday — not because it took that long to score that many points.

These two high-scoring juggernauts (the two teams had combined for 108 points the week before) made for a high-scoring game Friday compared to the 9-7 Badger-Mukwonago sumo-wrestling match just 30 miles away.

It didn't take long for the Chiefs to cut loose as running back Tim Long took off for a 46-yard scamper on the first play of the game.

On the very next play, running back Brandon Hausner took it 19 yards for a TD. Thirty-seven seconds into the game and Big Foot had already put points up.

Delavan-Darien could only muster a field goal in the first quarter while the Chiefs added another score on a run by Long.

So when Hausner scored a 17-yard TD to start off the second frame, it looked like Big Foot might be off on one of its first half blowouts.

But Delavan scored two unanswered TDs in the second quarter and the teams went into the half with Big Foot holding a slim 21-16 lead.

The Chiefs extended their lead with another Long rushing TD in the third quarter and a 36-yarder in the fourth.

But the Comets scored twice through the air in the final quarter, the last time with 1:34 to go.

That's when the Chief's ground game churned out the victory.

With the Chiefs needing two yards with a little over a minute to go, the beef up front created just enough room for three short-yardage gains by the hard-running Long to keep the clock moving and put away the game.

"Everyone knew exactly where we were going with it," Big Foot Coach Rodney Wedig said, but the Comets couldn't stop the Chiefs.

Wedig credited his line for helping the team gain 344 yards on the ground. Long led with 204 yards on 25 carries, an 8.2 yard average. Brandon Hausner added 64 yards and Quinn Dixon, 48. Long had three rushing TDs and Hausner chipped in two.

"I thought our offensive line play was much better this week," Wedig said.

Wedig singled out linemen Garrett Jeters, Collin Frederick, Tyler Vara, Will Utesch and John Rebhorn.

"(And) Tim Long also ran extremely hard for us," Wedig said.

Quarterback Brett Morris hit 9 of 16 passes for 67 yards, and one interception, to compliment the ground attack. He added 27 yards on the ground.

Tight end Gus Wedig and end Chandler Hehr both added three catches. Wedig's went for 25 yards, Hehr netted 19.

The high-powered Comets threw for 122 yard and added 193 rushing. Most of the damage on the ground came from Danny Loomer who rushed for 72 yards on only three carries, a whopping 25.3 yard average. Through the air, Comets quarterback Jesse Collins threw for two TDs on 9 for 23 passing.

Wedig had 13 tackles from his linebacker position to lead the Chiefs. He also forced a fumble. Frederick, another two-way player, had three sacks and five tackles for losses as a defensive end. LB Long, who also plays both ways, added nine tackles, six for losses. William Utesch had 1.5 sacks.

"Defensively when we were tuned in and doing our jobs and playing fundamentally sound football, we stopped them," Wedig said. "When we had mental lapses or made mistakes, they moved the ball. They are a good, well-coached team, but we have to take care of our mental mistakes."

As usual BF's kicker Ian Gallagher was a perfect 5-for-5 in extra points and added five punts for a 35.2 average. He has now hit 140 of 150 extra points during his high school career.

Wedig liked the idea of playing a team as strong as D-D this early in the season.

"It exposes some of the areas we need to improve on," he said. "This gives us plenty to do this week as (we) prepare for a tough and physical Evansville team."

The Chiefs will travel to Evansville-Albany this Friday in a conference opener. The hosts lost to Brodhead-Juda 35-7 and are now 1-1. The Chiefs hope to extend their 43-game conference winning streak.

"We need to be more fundamentally sound in every area and we need every individual on the field to be executing the game plan and taking care of the little things," Wedig said.