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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 19:01

Fourth-quarter surge carries Port football teamto first victory of season in conference test at Nicolet

After a fourth-quarter touchdown that stretched his team’s lead to 13 points on the road, Port Washington football coach John Bunyan wanted the ball back against host Nicolet.
Port tried a pooch kick, and junior defensive back Brandon Kelling successfully recovered.
Two plays later, quarterback Adam Baierl ran 32 yards for his second touchdown in 16 seconds, and Port went up, 34-14, with 4 minutes, 21 seconds to play.
The Knights added a late score, but the Pirates hung on, 34-21, for their first victory of the season after losing to two top opponents in Homestead and Whitefish Bay.
“Our kids are really excited. Obviously, we’ve faced some pretty good opponents,” Bunyan said.
Deron Spicer rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, and Baierl added 107 yards and two scores on 22 runs.
Jacob Lippe added 33 yards on three carries and caught five balls for 54 yards.
Baierl went 6-for-11 passing for 68 yards.
“For the most part, we were pretty balanced and did some good things running and throwing the ball,” Bunyan said.
“I think our system is going well. Adam is throwing the ball really well. He’s over 50% completion rate.”
The Pirates jumped to a 12-0 lead on Spicer touchdown runs of 28 and one yards.
The Knights cut the deficit to 12-7 by halftime.
Spicer added a one-yard scoring run in the third quarter, and Baierl’s two fourth-quarter touchdowns sealed it.
“Deron ran well in the first half,” Bunyan said.
“We had some good openings for Adam to run and had some good blocking downfield. Seven-yard runs turned into 40.”
Bunyan praised his defense, which gave up one touchdown on a double pass, overpursued on another and missed out on a 50-50 ball on a third. The line, he said, took away Nicolet’s dive and quarterback running plays in its option offense.
Spicer made an interception and returned it 46 yards, and Lukas Burke recovered a fumble.
“Noah Prom played tremendous. He had a sack,” Bunyan said. “Michael Murphy had 10 tackles at middle linebacker.”
The Pirates held Nicolet quarterback Caron Trimborn to 4-for-12 passing for 64 yards and one interception. C.J. Kobe led the Knights with 86 yards rushing and a touchdown on 13 carries.
Port had eight penalties for 50 yards, including one unsportsmanlike conduct, but Nicolet had six for 78 yards, including two face mask fouls, an unsportsmanlike conduct and a late hit.
“They got a little frustrated. They struggled with trying to keep it together,” Bunyan said.
“They played well. The game was pretty close for a litte bit.”
Port, 1-2 in the North Shore Conference, dropped Nicolet to 0-3. The Pirates on Friday host Cedarburg, which last week lost to Slinger, 63-35.
Bunyan hopes to keep his three weapons of Baierl, Spicer and Lippe hot.
“We have three legit weapons to stop. Our jet sweep is pretty tough to stop,” he said.
“We’re just excited about the next game here. Cedarburg is a tough team. They run the ball really well. We’ve got to be ready to stop their run. Obviously, we’ve got to score.”

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