Five TD passes by Weiss help CG-Belgium roll past USM, into 2nd round Friday
After his team was handed a humbling defeat by Omro the previous week, Cedar Grove-Belgium football coach Dan Schreurs promised that the Rockets would come out more aggressive on offense last Friday.
It’s safe to say host Cedar Grove-Belgium accomplished that, as it rolled to a 38-0 win over University School of Milwaukee in the first round of the WIAA Division 5 playoffs.
“We threw everything we had at them,” Schreurs said. “We got our core offense back together, and we were able to do everything.”
Top-seeded Cedar Grove-Belgium (8-2) piled up 429 yards of total offense, including 215 passing and 214 on the ground.
The romp was accomplished even though the Rockets lost standout running back Taylor Heiden in the first quarter due to a lower-leg injury and had to complete 13 passes in a steady rain throughout the game.
Quarterback Josh Weiss threw for five touchdowns, including three to Reid Hilbelink. The first scoring strike capped a 15-play, 70-yard drive that took 6 minutes, 22 seconds off the clock on the game’s first possession.
The touchdown came on fourth-and-goal from the 5-yard line — one of two fourth-down scores by the Rockets.
“We emphasized fourth down a lot in practice because we’ve had some issues with it this year,” Schreurs said.
The eighth-seeded Wildcats (5-5) fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Rockets recovered the ball at their opponents’ 41-yard line.
Four plays later, Hilbelink hauled in a 33-yard pass to give his team a 14-0 lead before its defense took the field.
After University School punted on its next series, the Rockets drove 68 yards in eight plays, capping the march with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Weiss to Ethan Brochtrup.
Heiden left the game during the drive and did not return. Schreurs said the senior had X-rays on his leg, and early indications were that “he felt all right.”
After another three-and-out by University School, Brochtrup caught his second touchdown of the night on a fourth-down play at the Wildcats’ 18-yard line.
“Ethan is one of those players that is kind of forgotten about,” Schreurs said. “Teams focus on Matt (Dirkse) and Reid (Hilbelink), and Ethan is able to get out there and get open.
“He’s just as good as the other two. It’s nice to have a passing game where you have three receivers to watch for.”