INSTANT REPLAY WEEK 7
The Bay Conference title was at stake Friday night and West De Pere’s reign in the conference as undefeated Hortonville visited. The Polar Bears made it a memorable evening with a 34-27 overtime win to capture its first conference title since 1984.
The Phantoms, which had won every Bay title since 2006, met their match against a Hortonville team that made plays when needed. RB Alex Lasinski ran for 121 yards and two TDS, while QB Andrew Thompson made big plays, including a 79-yard TD pass to Mitch Lillge, and maybe the play of the game.
Confronted with a third-and-11 in overtime, Thompson couldn’t find anybody to throw to, but scrambled out of trouble and recorded a first down at the 1-yard line. Lasinski scored on the next play and those points proved to be the conference-clinching points.
Afterwards, Hortonville players, coaches and fans celebrated on the field by taking pictures and hugging one another. And why not, it was one of Hortonville’s biggest wins in its history.
- What we learned: Both teams are for real. Hortonville proved its worth by winning at West De Pere and will be a factor in the Division 2 playoffs. Meanwhile, West De Pere also played well, despite the loss, and should not be looked at as a vulnerable team early in the postseason. Both teams should make deep postseason runs.
- What stood out: Hortonville’s running game. The Polar Bears were able to run effectively against the bigger West De Pere defensive line, and that allowed Hortonville to attack the Phantoms via the run and the pass.
- Quotable: “It hasn’t set in it. What really hits home is seeing players from 2010 and 2011 and they really got thumped here. That’s when we started building something. We were making progress and West De Pere was always there. Unbelievable, unbelievable.” – Hortonville co-head coach Tom Kolosso.
- 1. Hortonville 34, West De Pere 27 (OT). Polar Bears finally end the Phantoms’ Bay Conference reign and 41-game regular season winning streak.
- 2. Ashwaubenon 20, Green Bay Southwest 17 (Week 3). Ashwaubenon scores late to win game.
- 3. Waupaca 27, Freedom 18 (Week 2). Nate Jenson makes key passing plays to lead Comets.
- 4. Kimberly 45, Menasha 30 (Week 1). Papermakers outscore Menasha, 21-6 in second half.
- 5. Ashwaubenon 28, Bay Port 14 (Week 7). Morgan throws for 424 yards and 3 TDs as Jaguars take sole possession of the FRCC.
- 6. Chilton 21, Brillion 7 (Week 5). Tigers’ defense allows zero points after first drive of the game.
- 7. Bay Port 21, Notre Dame 7 (Week 4). Bay Port’s defense too much in 21-7 win.
- 8. 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: Waupaca.
High-scoring Xavier visited Waupaca in a battle of perfect teams in the Eastern Valley and after falling behind 20-7, the Comets outscored Xavier, 29-0, to win 36-20 and clinch a share of the conference title.
Waupaca QB Nate Jenson only completed 3 of 12 passes for 103 yards (2 TDs, 2 INTs), but ran 25 times for 128 yards.
Waupaca, which won last year’s league title, now has won 17 consecutive conference games.
- Jaguars clinch share. Ashwaubenon clinched a share of the FRCC title with a 35-13 win over Sheboygan South. The Jaguars opened a 28-0 lead and never looked back.
- Statement made by Tritons. Notre Dame made a statement last week with a 17-14 road win at Green Bay Preble, ending the Hornets’ chance to share the FRCC title. The Tritons scored the game-winning points on a 37-yard INT return by Vince Pallini.
- Kimberly 76ers? Kimberly became the second area team to score 76 points this season when it beat Appleton West, 76-7. Freedom also scored 76 points. Kimberly scored 42 second-half points.
- Chilton sliding. After winning its first three Olympian-Packerland Large games, Chilton has lost three straight games after falling to Wrightstown, 35-20. The Tigers must beat Southern Door in Week 9 to qualify for the playoffs.
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