Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

BREAKING: Badgers hammer Huskies for first win
Big Foot shuts down Comets

by Mike Ramczyk

August 25, 2011

Badger junior quarterback Peter Krien had a flair for the dramatic Friday night.

After failing to connect once with his receivers in a season-opening loss at Mukwonago, he picked the perfect time for his first completion against visiting West Allis Hale.

Clinging to a 7-3 lead with 37 seconds left in the second quarter, the Badger offense moved fast.

All it took was two plays and a matter of seconds for Krien to deliver on a scintillating strike.

He found Jake Kozlowski in the corner of the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown just before the half, and the Badgers pulled away in the second half for a 28-16 triumph, their first of the season (1-1).

Krien's pinpoint toss was his first completion of the season after 10 misfires, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

The local boys controlled the tempo early on. Badger coach Matt Hensler said his guys were mentally prepared for this game.

"It's a 100 percent difference from last week," he said. "We prepared with more purpose, and the kids were more into it. I certainly think we had much more confidence than last week. I'm very proud of their effort tonight. We got a lot of tough, tough yards. Our offensive line did a great job reacting to the Hale defense. Even when we messed up assignments, we were able to get three or four yards anyway."

Krien continued battering the Hale "D" late in the third quarter. He reeled off a 20-yard boot which set the boys up at the Hale 20. An unsportsmanlike penalty put the ball inside the 5-yard-line, and Chris Walker punched in a four-yard scoring run to put the game practically out of reach at 21-3.

Overall, Badger racked up 359 total yards, 310 on the ground. The defense contained Hale, holding them to only 251 yards.

Senior tight end/defensive end Eric Winger, who caught a pass for 15 yards, said the guys were ready to play from the first snap.

"Coach always says, 'The battle is fought in the trenches,'" he said. "We knew we had to work hard right away. We couldn't feel them out like we did at Mukwonago. We came out here and kicked their butts. Everyone did their job, and it all came together. This was a good confidence builder."

Badger opened the scoring with a 38-yard touchdown run from junior running back/outside linebacker Robert Johnson with 10:40 remaining in the second quarter. Johnson gave credit to the offensive line.

"It felt great to get our first win," he said. "The offensive line kept pushing, and the defense stayed with our keys. I kept blitzing, and they wouldn't touch me."

Down 21-3, the Huskies didn't go away. They connected on a 19-yard touchdown pass with 5:56 left in the game to cut the Badger lead to 21-10.

That's when the Badgers kicked it into overdrive.

On the ensuing possession on third and long, senior running back Ed Ruzga took a toss right, eluded a defender and dragged two more on a 17-yard jaunt. Later in the drive, Ruzga provided the icing on the cake, a 13-yard touchdown scamper which effectively pounded the nail in Hale's coffin at 28-10.

Badger overcame nine penalties and a lost fumble to dominate the Huskies. The balanced rushing attack was led by Krien's 89 yards. Ruzga tallied 60, while Johnson and Walker both finished with 56. Rory Klean gained 49 yards on eight carries. With five backs all around the 50-yard mark, Hale didn't know where to stop the bleeding.

Badger's defense forced five punts and two fumbles. They only allowed two touchdowns, but the game was already in hand.

"Defensively, I thought we played outstanding," Hensler said. "Hale's quarterback is lightning fast, and their offensive line is huge. We held them pretty much solidly for three quarters."

Badger returns home to face rival Burlington next Friday night to open Southern Lakes play.

Hensler said there's still work to be done.

"We have good momentum going into conference," he said. "We played better, but we can improve on everything."

Check Wednesday's Regional News for photos from Badger's win.

Big Foot 21, Delavan-Darien 7

On Friday night in Delavan, the Chiefs jumped on the Comets early and were able to hold on for the nonconference victory.

Big Foot improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2009, the year it won the Division 4 state title.

Facing a speedy Comets club which advanced to the Division 3 state semifinals a year ago, the Chiefs served up a healthy dose of their one-two punch at running back, Mason Dixon and Kenny Walker.

Dixon tallied scoring runs of 32 and four yards to give Big Foot a 14-0 advantage with 2:47 left in the first quarter.

Delavan quarterback Danny Supernaw scored from seven yards out to cut Big Foot's lead in half at 14-7 with six minutes in the second quarter. But the Chiefs answered in explosive fashion, with Walker scoring on a 46-yard jaunt late in the second quarter. Walker had a monster game, finishing with 170 yards on 17 carries.

Big Foot out-gained Delavan, 433-341. The Chiefs racked up most of those yards (354) on the ground. Dixon also had a huge night, totaling 150 yards on the ground.

The Chiefs face rival Brodhead next Friday at home. The Cardinals improved to 1-1 tonight with a 45-19 victory over Darlington. Check Wednesday's Regional News for a full story.

SWCHA 37, Williams Bay 6

Other area scores

Watertown 35, Elkhorn 13

Muskego 55, Burlington 7

Wilmot 35, Racine Case 7

Waterford 17, Homestead 15

Port Washington 37, Westosha Central 29

Evansville 42, Union Grove 7

Palmyra-Eagle 36, Johnson Creek 8

North Boone 33, Clinton 0

Jefferson 28, Marshall 20

East Troy 49, Montello/Princeton/Green Lake 20

Columbus 27, Whitewater 7

Illinois scores

Mooseheart 48, Alden-Hebron 7

Woodstock Marian Central 47, Oswego 41

Oregon 7, Richmond-Burton 0

Harvard 52, Rock Falls 6

Woodstock North 49, Elmwood Park 7

Wauconda 36, Woodstock 14

McHenry 19, Larkin 7

Grant 42, Johnsburg 0