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First conference win in five years


Bay dominates Johnson Creek 45-20



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September 10, 2013 | 12:40 PM
WILLIAMS BAY — 2-1.

Tied for the conference lead.

Win 45-20.

Those are not statistics usually associated with the Williams Bay football team. But they all apply after the Bulldogs' victory over Johnson Creek Friday night.

The Bay is 2-1 for the year.

They're tied for the conference lead with a 1-0 record.

And their 45-20 trouncing of Johnson Creek was no accident.

It was the first conference victory for the Bay in five years and buries the notion that the Bulldogs can only beat Kenosha Christian Life.

It didn't start like a blowout for the Bulldogs though. Johnson Creek scored first on a long pass play.

But the Bulldogs came right back with a TD pass of their own, when Ryan Bonamarte caught a John Higgins pass at the back of the endzone.

It would be the first of five first-half touchdowns for the Bay and gave them a 35-6 lead at the break.

After the break, both teams agreed to a running clock — a concession on Johnson Creek's part that the Bulldogs had won.

Just about everything worked Friday night. The Bulldogs capitalized on four Johnson Creek fumbles and turned a pass interception into a TD.

The Bulldogs had a balanced offensive attack with 156 yards through the air and 171 on the ground.

Higgins hit 10 of 14 passes, including a touchdown. Most of his completions came on sideline passes and he connected on several more after eluding the rush and rolling out. His QB rating was 131.8.

He also had 86 yards on only seven carries for a 12.3 average and three TDs.

His most spectacular run came in the fourth quarter when he appeared trapped on a quarterback keeper only to break away. Three Johnson Creek players had him squared up on the numbers, but Higgins quickly changed directions and out-sprinted the Johnson Creek defenders down the opposite sideline for a 40-yard TD.

Running back Michael Guss added 58 yards on 15 carries and Jacob Clark 21 on 8.

Bonamarte was the leading receiver with 101 yards on 6 receptions.

Higgins was all over the field defensively racking up 15 tackles. Clark added 7; Olson, Bonamarte, Frank Flores and VanVleet had four each.

Bonamarte was the leading receiver with 101 yards on 6 receptions.

Higgins was all over the field defensively racking up 15 tackles. Clark added 7; Olson, Bonamarte, Frank Flores and VanVleet had four each.

Guss picked off a wobbly Johnson Creek pass and ran 45 yards for a TD.

Coach Derek Diehl put in a lot of ninth graders at the end of the game giving them experience and holding down the score.

On the last play of the game, several starters came back in to stop Johnson Creek from crossing the goal line.

The only glaring weakness for the Bulldogs was its kick return team.

Johnson Creek scored twice on kickoffs and had several other long-gainers.

That left the visitors with a rather gaudy kick return average of 37.8 yards.

Avery Lettenberger hit all six extra points and a 21-yard field goal.

For the year, Williams Bay has outscored its opponents 100-74.

The Bulldogs host 0-3 Randolph in another conference game at 7 p.m. Friday.

Randolph fell 50-20 to Fall River in its conference opener.

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