Late TD ends CG-Belgium’s season

Rockets, Angels battled in another classic game
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The second football playoff game in four seasons between Cedar Grove-Belgium High School and Racine St. Catherine’s again went down to the wire last Friday in Kenosha.

This time, the Angels came out on top, 14-7, in a Division 5 level 2 playoff game, ending the Rockets’ season at 9-2.

The Rockets were down, 6-0, for most of the game before they took a lead in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore quarterback Logan Arrowood broke a tackle, rolled out and found senior wideout Michael Navis in the back of the end zone for a 29-yard score.

Navis started at quarterback because Arrowood was nursing an injured thumb. But the Rockets’ coaches put in Arrowood in the third quarter. Navis is more of a runner and Arrowood is more of a passer.

“That gave us our best chance. We needed to get the ball out in space,” coach Dan Schreurs said.

The coaches had been sitting on the scoring play, he said, figuring if they ran a couple of vertical pass routes that one of their four receivers would be open.

The Rockets made the extra point and went up, 7-6, with seven minutes left in the game.

Schreurs said he thought they had the victory with how his defense, dominant nearly all season long, was playing.

On fourth and three from the Rockets’ 46-yard line, the Angels ran an option play.

“They were feeding the running back quite a bit and we bit on it,” Schreurs said.

“It was heart-dropping at that point. Once you saw them get outside, you knew we were in trouble.”

Angel quarterback Keenan Carter — “exceptionally fast,” Schreurs said — outran Max Ford, one of the fastest players in the Big East Conference, to the end zone.

The Angels, last year’s Division 4 state champions, made the two-point try and led by a touchdown, 14-7.

The Rockets moved the ball a little, but went four and out. They got the ball back late with 80 yards to go and on third down an Angel stepped in front of a receiver for an interception. The Angels ran out the clock.

“It was a great football game. Both teams played exceptionally well,” Schreurs said.

The Angels’ ran a 3-4 defense and brought seven for the entire game.

“It’s a high-risk, high-reward defense,” Schreurs said. “They put pressure on Logan. He couldn’t set up.”

If Logan was 100%, Schreurs said he would have been confident, especially how the Rockets’ receivers matched up with the Angels’ secondary.

The Angels’ defense outsized the Rockets — most teams have all season — but they added speed.

“They could just get to the football so fast. Sometimes we got good chunks of yards, sometimes we sputtered,” Schreurs said.

The Rockets were held to 54 yards rushing on 26 carries. Alex Acevedo played through a high ankle sprain and had eight carries for 50 yards and Cayden Fisher had four runs for 17. Navis ran for 12 yards on three carries.

Arrowood went 5-for-15 passing for 84 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Navis had 59 yards receiving and a touchdown on three catches. Ford caught one ball for 20 yards.

“They’re pretty good. They’re big, they’re fast. They’re everything. They have all the combinations ­— definitely a state caliber team,” Schreurs said.

But the Rockets’ defense held their own, stopping the Angels twice in the red zone, one via fumble recovery. They also intercepted a pass in the game.

“They were great again. They definitely kept us in that game,” Schreurs said.

The Angels scored on a 20-yard run in the first quarter. They converted the two-point try but got called for a penalty. An extra point kick after that failed.

Dodd led the Angels with 117 yards rushing and a score on 19 carries. Carter ran for 88 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He went 4-for-9 passing for 82 yards with an interception.

The game was moved to Kenosha Tremper from Kenosha Bradford due to wintry weather. Schreurs said people were shoveling four inches of snow off the field as the team arrived and the locker rooms didn’t have heat.

It was windy, raining and snowing during the game, but the turf wasn’t slippery and the officials did a good job keeping the ball dry, he said.

The game was nearly a rematch. The two teams were scheduled to play the first week of this season, but when St. Mary Central dropped to the eight-man football league, that meant every Big East team could play one another and the St. Catherine’s game was canceled.

The No. 2-seeded Angels (10-1) on Friday play at No. 1-seeded Lake Country Lutheran, which barely edged the Rockets in 2017 in the semifinal.

For the Rockets, 14 seniors played their last game.

“It’s amazing what they’ve done. They’ve taken the intensity and the style of our football program to a completely different level,” Schreurs said.

“We always ask them to leave the program in a better place than it was, and physically and intensity-wise they did that.

“Obviously, we wish we would have had a conference championship. But to go 9-2 and go toe-to-toe with a St. Cat’s ­— you hate to see it end but it’s still a successful season.”

In 2016, the Rockets beat the Angels, 43-40, knocking down a hail Mary pass on the final play, on their way to the state title game.

 

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