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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 19:23

Hard-hitting game plan helps Port football team put 39-14 hurt on Bulldogs

If last Friday’s football game against Cedarburg was baseball instead, host Port Washington would have brought in its closer in the first inning.
The Pirates went through, over and around the Bulldogs, scored on their first three possessions to build a 20-0 lead and cruised to a 39-14 win.
Port forced three-and-outs on the Bulldogs’ first two possessions, recovered a pooch kick and then forced another three-and-out.
Deron Spicer burst through mammoth-sized holes on his way to two first-quarter touchdowns and four on the night. He had a game-high 184 yards rushing on 18 carries for a 10.2-yard average per rush.
“First quarter our game plan was just simple. Just hit them in the mouth, just run the ball down their throat and see what happens,” Spicer said.
“We were really successful. It worked out.”
After the opening kickoff, Port drove 61 yards in four plays capped by a Spicer 30-yard touchdown dash up the middle.
Jacob Lippe broke up a pass on third and nine, and the Pirates got the ball back at midfield. They recovered two of their own fumbles, and Lippe capped the drive with a seven-yard run on a reverse.
Port football tackle 1 9 8 17 4CPort’s defense kept up the heat. The Pirates tackled running back Will Schlingman for a six-yard loss, and quarterback Ryan Hoffman fell down for a five-yard loss on second and 16. A run on third and long lost three more yards.
The Pirates got the ball back at the Bulldogs’ 25, and on second and 10 Spicer flew up the middle untouched for another score.
Port had missed one extra point and had its second blocked, but this time quarterback Adam Baierl ran in for the two-point conversion. It was 20-0 with 1:05 left in the first quarter.
Port threatened to instantly make it worse when Sam Fritsch recovered a pooch kick, but the Bulldogs earned a turnover on downs.
The Pirates’ forced another three and out and went right back to work from the Bulldogs’ 39. An eight-play drive that had two penalties on each team ended with Lippe taking it in from two yards out. The extra point was good and the rout was on, 27-0, with 6:07 left in the first half.
“We planned it the whole week, man. Just pounding the ball down their throat,” Lippe said.

Lippe had 19 yards and two touchdowns rushing on five carries and caught four balls for 63 yards. Baierl added 59 yards rushing on 15 jaunts, and went 8-for-15 passing for 94 yards.
“It was great. We had a lot of success running, just some inside zone. They were packing the middle, and then we started to attack the outside a little bit with some speed option, stuff,” Port coach John Bunyan said.
Cedarburg got on the board in the second quarter with a 38-yard run by Schlingman, The extra point was booted into the line, and it as 27-6.
After recovering an onside kick Port drove 30 yards to the Bulldog’s 19. A field goal went wide left with seconds left in the half.
If the game had a pivotal point beyond Port’s early domination, it came on the first two possessions of the third quarter.
The Bulldogs took the kick and drove 78 yards to Port’s 4-yard line, where the Pirates forced a fourth and goal.
Hoffman rolled out left, but didn’t get very far. Spicer sprinted him down from behind and jumped on his back as Hoffman fluttered a short throw that found nothing but grass.
“Fourth down, coach just said send some heat, just get around the edge and just make the play, so that’s what I did,” Spicer said.
“It felt good, it felt really good.”
“That was a great job by our defense. It’s a tough offense to stop. They’re deceptive with the ball,” Bunyan said.
Five plays later, Spicer was in the end zone with the ball on the opposite end of the field. A 1-yard run capped a 96-yard drive, highlighted by a Baierl run.
From Port’s 45, the junior ran right and made his way down field. He found a cutback lane to the left and turned on the jets, flying by Cedarburg defenders. The Bulldogs finally caught him at the one.
“I found a hole on defense, just scrambled through them, tried to score but came up short,” Baierl said.
The defensive hold and long drive put Port up, 33-6, and put any hopes of a Bulldogs’ comeback to bed.
“That was a big momentum shift,” Baierl said.
Lippe stepped in front of a receiver and picked off a pass on the next drive, and Spicer scored his fourth touchdown 11 plays later to make it 39-7 with 9:47 left in the game.
The Bulldogs added a touchdown in the final seconds.
Bunyan praised his offensive line and inside linebacker Michael Murphy for his aggressive and physical play on defense.
The Pirates did have 10 penalties for 84 yards, and the Bulldogs had 11 for 63, including an ejection in the third quarter for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“I’m a little bummed about penalties. I wish our penalties were a little reduced,” Bunyan said.
This Friday, Port (2-2 in the North Shore Conference) plays at Hartford (4-0), which beat Slinger, 24-21, last week.
“We’re going to take one game at a time and just keep improving,” Bunyan said.

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