Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Chiefs pummel Westosha
Win opener 38-0

by John Halverson

August 29, 2013

WESTOSHA — Big Foot takes a 35-point lead into halftime.

Does that sound like something that might have been written last year, as the Big Foot football team routinely took double-digit leads?

Not to worry. This isn’t a stray sentence left over from 2012. It’s a line that would apply to Big Foot’s season-opening victory Friday night.

Yes, the Big Foot juggernaut is at it again.

The Chiefs destroyed Westosha Central 38-0 after taking a 35-0 half-time lead.

It was a great way to put a “W” in the column after Big Foot came up one game short of a state title last year.

Just as it did in 2012, the Chiefs boasted a fairly balanced attack for a high school team with 23 passing attempts and 34 runs.

QB Brett Morris was 16 for 23 for 240 yards, a TD and an interception. That left him with a 69.6 percent completion percentage and a 99.9 QB rating.

“Brett’s first start was better than I thought,” said coach Rodney Wedig. “They did a pretty good job of taking away our base runs, so we threw the ball a lot more than normal and Brett made the defense pay. We converted a lot of third and longs.”

Brandon Hausner led the running game with 47 yards on nine attempts. Brett Morris added 38 and Tim Long had 35 and two TDs. Quin Dixon chipped in with another 21 yards.

“Long, Hausner and Quin Dixon all ran hard for us,” Wedig said. “They all have a different style and continue to improve.”

Linebacker and receiver Gus Wedig, the son of the coach, continued where he left off last year as a two-way star. He led the Chiefs in receptions with seven netting 111 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, he had 10 tackles, a sack and an interception.

“Gus has really taken a big step forward,” the coach said. “He is disruptive on defense and we are going to utilize his length and speed to make him more of an offensive weapon as well.”

In all, the Chiefs had 7.5 sacks led by Cody Menolascino and William Utesch with two each. Collin Frederick added 1.5 sacks and Garrett Jeters and Chandler Hehr had one each.

Hehr also caught four passes and scored a TD.

Hausner led off the scoring with a 6-yard TD run and Morris added another first-quarter score on a two-yard run.

Tim Long scored two TDs on the ground.

Morris ended the TD run with a third-quarter scoring toss of 26-yard yards to Hehr.

Ian Gallagher, who set all sorts of records as a kicker last year, was a perfect 5 for 5 in extra points and also added a 26-yard field goal for the last score of the game. As though his place kicking ability wasn’t enough, he also punted once for 50 yards.

Wedig said his defense and special teams are especially powerful this year.

“And Gallagher’s ability to pin the other team deep or kick it out of the end zone made it a short field for us,” Wedig said. “First drive 30 yards, TD, second drive 16 yards, TD after a turnover, third drive 46 yards TD. They did not cross mid-field until the second quarter.”

Big Foot totaled 381 yards against Westosha and allowed only 124.

“Westosha played hard every play and until the end,” Wedig said. “They did a great job trying to take us out of the things we do well. As the seniors had mentioned to me though, they want to play old-school, tough football and that is what we did with our defense.”

The Chiefs host Delavan-Darien for a non-conference battle on Friday.

The Comets beat East Troy 70-52.

“Delavan-Darien is a nightmare to face from the defensive standpoint,” Wedig said. “They have several players that can score from anywhere on the field and they are well coached and do a great job of executing their offense. I don’t think they will hit 70 again, but we are going to have to score some points.”