Homecoming hammering:

CG-Belgium dominates another Big East Conference foe on the way to playoffs

CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Josh Nett (7) and Sawyer DeRuyter (65) combine for a tackle last Friday in destroying Mishicot, 56-6 Photo by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Save for a fluky special teams play, Cedar Grove-Belgium High School’s football team may have shut out its third straight opponent and fourth on the season.

But the Rockets settled for a 56-6 homecoming game victory over Mishicot last Friday.

“They were lights out again. It was quick, aggressive,” coach Dan Schreurs said. “It sounds like a broken record every week. They get us the ball back in a hurry. They do everything.”

Sophomore quarterback Logan Arrowood, who recently suffered a thumb injury on his throwing hand, figured out a solution that led to a perfect quarterback rating.

Arrowood had trouble gripping the ball during warmups, but he put on a glove for the first time and loved the feel of it, Schreurs said. He went 9-for-9 passing for 236 yards and four touchdowns. The offensive line gave him time to throw, and Arrowood scrambled for 34 yards on three carries.

“He was dead on. A beautiful night for him,” Schreurs said.

On defense, Markus Ramirez stepped up at nose tackle, making nine tackles and forcing a fumble.

“He pretty much shut down the middle of their running game,” Schreurs said.

On one play, Ramirez pushed two linemen into the running back and tackled the ball carrier.

“The last two games he has taken a big step forward. He and (offensive lineman) Aaron Duenk have had some good battles in practice. It has helped them both grow tremendously,” Schreurs said.

Mishicot took the lead early after the Rockets’ defense stuffed them on the opening drive. A punt bounced off a Rocket, and the Indians recovered on the 9-yard line, setting up a touchdown.

Then the Rockets took the game over.

Arrowood hit Max Ford on a 23-yard pass on their first drive. After the defense forced a punt, Arrowood hit Michael Navis for a 43-yard score on the next drive. After recovering a muffed kickoff, the Rockets scored again, this time on a one-yard run by Alex Acevedo.

A 28-yard touchdown pass to Navis and a 58-yard bomb to Cayden Fisher netted two more scores. Matt Poull, a linebacker who occasionally doubles as running back, scored from a yard out to make it 42-6 at halftime.

Fisher led the rushing attack with 94 yards on nine carries and one touchdown. The Rockets rushed for 197 yards.

Navis caught three balls for 82 yards and two scores.

Poull and Sawyer DeRuyter each had nine tackles to match Ramirez on defense. Jordan Sells had eight and Josh Nett and Noah Sanfelippo each had six.

The defense held the Indians to 148 yards of offense. Kolton Tesarik went 4-for-9 passing for 93 yards. Jonathan Butler ran 11 times for 45 yards and a touchdown.

The Rockets, 6-1 in the Big East Conference, had already qualified for the playoffs for the 17th straight season. They host 0-7 Manitowoc Lutheran on Friday.

“They play a lot better than what their record gives them credit for,” Schreurs said.

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