Instant Replay Week 7
The Fox River Classic Conference title was up for grabs between two undefeated teams and in the end Ashwaubenon grabbed the FRCC lead when it defeated Bay Port, 28-14.
QB James Morgan was 22 for 44 for 424 yards with three TDs and one rushing TD, further establishing himself as a special player, even though he’s just a junior.
While the margin was 14 points, Ashwaubenon wasn’t comfortable until late. The Jaguars led 21-7 early in the third quarter and appeared on the verge of adding onto the margin but they just couldn’t convert.
Ashwaubenon missed two field goals and failed to convert on fourth down, keeping Bay Port in the game. Then, Alec Ingold hit Blair Van Ess for a 34-yard scoring pass for Bay Port to make it 21-14 with six minutes to play.
Morgan and Co. responded as he led Ashwaubenon on a 13-play, 65-yard drive, capping it with a 4-yard TD run to finally put away the Pirates.
- What we learned: Ashwaubenon is the best team in the FRCC. Maybe some already knew that, but what makes the Jaguars so good is Morgan and an underrated defense that has allowed only one team to score more than 17 points.
- What stood out: Ashwaubenon’s defense. With the Jaguars’ offense missing some chances to add points, Bay Port and its offense, which entered averaging 40.5 points per game, never got going against the Jaguars. Linebacker Kyle Mrozinski and DE Nathan Jarvis were a big reason for that .
- Quotable: “I’m so proud of our guys. Just the way they blocked and opened up holes for me and Jake (Zills) and the way Jake ran and the way our receivers just caught them and went up. Our line was hurting and they pushed through, especially against such a prestigious defense, too.” – Ashwaubenon QB James Morgan.
- 1. Ashwaubenon 20, Green Bay Southwest 17 (Week 3). Ashwaubenon scores late to win game.
- 2. Waupaca 27, Freedom 18 (Week 2). Nate Jenson makes key passing plays to lead Comets.
- 3. Kimberly 45, Menasha 30 (Week 1). Papermakers outscore Menasha, 21-6 in second half.
- 4. Ashwaubenon 28, Bay Port 14 (Week 7). Morgan throws for 424 yards and 3 TDs as Jaguars take sole possession of the FRCC.
- 5. Chilton 21, Brillion 7 (Week 5). Tigers’ defense allows zero points after first drive of the game.
- 6. Bay Port 21, Notre Dame 7 (Week 4). Bay Port’s defense too much in 21-7 win.
- 7. Kimberly 49, Appleton North 14 (Week 6): Expected to be a thriller, Kimberly made sure it wasn’t with 21 quick points en route to win.
Team of the Week: Green Bay Preble.
Preble kept its FRCC title hopes alive with a 34-13 win over De Pere, which is fighting to eventually become playoff eligible. Preble was led by Cory Cegelski’s 147 rushing yards and two TDs.
- Waupaca looking ahead? The Comets have a Week 8 date with fellow undefeated Xavier, which makes one wonder if they were looking by Little Chute last week. Waupaca was held to its lowest point total of the season, but still won, 16-2.
- Hortonville defense finally breaks. The first six weeks of the season Hortonville’s defense allowed zero points, but last week the Polar Bears’ defense finally broke in a 35-14 win over Luxemburg-Casco.
- Phantoms make statement. West De Pere hadn’t been challenged all season, but in Week 7 it traveled to one-loss Seymour for its first exam. Give West De Pere an “A.” West De Pere opened a 30-6 lead and won 30-18, setting up a Week 8 showdown with perfect Hortonville.
- Jets still perfect. Roncalli has its eyes on winning the Olympian-Packerland Large title outright and took a big step Friday by beating one-loss Chilton, 21-7. The Jets and Kewaunee are still tied for first and they meet during Week 9.
- Menasha wins big game. RB Dylan Szews rushed for 260 yards and four TD as Menasha kept alive its hope for a Valley Football Association South Division title with a 35-27 win over Marshfield, handing Marshfield its first VFA North loss. Oshkosh North leads the VFA North with a 5-0 record, while Menasha and Marshfield are each 4-1.
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