Same rival, same results

CG-Belgium rolls over Oostburg again, this time with different quarterback

QUARTERBACK MICHAEL NAVIS (13) looked for running room behind the blocks of Ben Radant (center) and Justin Rose (56) in a 42-7 win home playoff game against rival Oostburg last Friday. Navis filled in for injured Logan Arrowood and ran for 241 yards and two touchdowns. Photo by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press Staff

Depth at the most important position in football paid off for Cedar Grove-Belgium High School last Friday.

The Rockets had used 2017 Big East Conference Player of the Year Michael Navis sparingly at quarterback this season as sophomore Logan Arrowood develops into a budding star.

But with Arrowood reinjuring his thumb two weeks ago against Random Lake in the regular season finale, Navis stepped back into his starting role and led the No. 3-seeded Rockets to a 42-7 Division 5 opening-round win over their rival, No. 6-seeded Oostburg.

Navis ran for 241 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

“It felt good. I like the ball in my hands and being able to work with the line and being the head of the offense,” he said.

The Flying Dutchmen scored on the game’s first play on a pass from Aaron Huibregtse to an open Derek Oonk for 69 yards, but Navis evened the game on the Rockets’ first play with a 70-yard burst for a score.

The Rockets’ defense didn’t allow another point. Oostburg’s star kicker Eli Stader hit the post on one 45-yard field goal attempt and misfired on another from the same distance.

“It’s a great time. We throw in a lot of blitzes. We have a lot of fun,” linebacker Tyler Kowalkowski said of a team that posted three shutouts this season. He chased speedy Huibregtse around all night, helping hold him to 9-for-23 passing.

“It’s the all-around teamwork and the chemistry that we have,” defensive lineman Noah Sanfelippo said.

The Rockets’ offense completed a season-low one pass but moved the ball with relative ease on the ground. Cayden Fisher had 101 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, including a 65-yard run. He said the switch in field general wasn’t an issue.

“We can count on Michael. We knew that Michael can just run and keep going and he pounded us to a win,” he said.

Coach Dan Schreurs said the team executed the game plan to perfection, despite the stress of a rematch with a longtime rival. The Rockets beat the Flying Dutchmen, 25-0, in a drama-filled, rain-delayed game on Sept. 27.

“I was really proud of how my guys stepped up and played true Rocket football,” he said.

The 9-1 Rockets on Friday play the No. 2-seeded 9-1 Racine St. Catherine’s, last year’s Division 4 champs, at Kenosha Bradford High School.

“Anytime you play a team like that it’s always an honor to play them,” Schreurs said.

The last time the two faced was 2016 in the playoffs. The Rockets knocked down a hail Mary pass on the last play to win.

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