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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 16:56

Fullington’s kickoff return for touchdown helps Grafton spoil Pirates’ homecoming

After a scoreless first half with little offensive spark for either team, something had to change in the second 24 minutes of last Friday’s football game between Grafton and host Port Washington.

Grafton’s Nic Fullington made it happen in 13 seconds.

The senior fielded the second-half kickoff at his own 13-yard line and broke down the middle of the field. Cutting through a hole, he shifted to the left sideline and turned on the jets.

No Pirate got close to touching him on an 87-yard touchdown return that helped propel the Black Hawks to a 21-6 victory that spoiled Port’s homecoming.

“I thought it would break through the edge and not the middle,” Fullington said. “That’s another team effort. I’m just trying to compete and spark something.”

It was just what the doctor ordered for Grafton, which snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 2-3 in North Shore Conference play.

“It’s a beautiful game when you play with emotion,” Grafton coach Fritz Rauch said.

Fullington’s clutch return did more than put Grafton on the scoreboard. It ignited the entire sideline and fan base, energy that fueled the Hawks the rest of the night.

“We talked about our energy, and that’s a good shot of adrenaline,” Rauch said. 

“We played a very good half defensively in the first half. We moved the ball. We just didn’t finish drives. Getting us home right away started our adrenaline.”

“It was huge,” Fullington said. “I think that’s what sparked us.”

The Pirates, who fell to 0-5 in the conference, could have used a spark themselves.

After losing starting quarterback Tanner Orten to a broken collarbone the previous week, backup Jackson Struebing played the first half but was then sidelined with a foot injury.

Third-string quarterback Graeme Biskobing was pressed into duty the rest of the way.

That meant the offensive load fell to running back Matt Ruppel, who struggled to find open space against Grafton’s tightening defense. The junior ended up with a game-high 63 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

But by the time Ruppel scored, there was only 2 minutes, 34 seconds left. All the Pirates could do was avoid a second straight shutout loss.

 
Soccer tourney title helps Pirates turn the corner PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 16:54

Team uses consistent play to dominate three foes on way to Cedar Grove-Belgium Rocket Invitational championship

After playing up-and-down soccer most of this season, the Port Washington Pirates may have finally turned the corner.

Coach Sean O’Brien’s team not only won the Cedar Grove-Belgium Rocket Invitational last Saturday, it did so in resounding fashion.

The Pirates outscored three foes by a combined 22-1, including a 6-0 win over Milwaukee Tenor/Veritas in the title game.

On the way to the final, Port opened with a 7-1 victory over Cedar Grove-Belgium and blanked Living Word Lutheran, 9-0.

“We played well. It had been a few years since we won the tournament, so it was good to finally do it,” said O’Brien, whose team took home the championship trophy for the first time since 2012.

The Pirates used balanced scoring to dominate the title match, which extended their season-best winning streak to four games.

Goals by Domenic Demaria and A.J. Voeller in the second and 16th minutes, respectively, put Port up, 2-0, by halftime of the 60-minute match.

 
Slow start can’t stop Rockets PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO   
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 16:53

After tentative first half, CG-Belgium football team rolls over Rams on the road

Cedar Grove-Belgium football coach Dan Schreurs would like to see his team start games a little quicker and finish off a few more drives.

Other than that, Schreurs found little to complain about after Friday’s 49-0 whitewashing of Random Lake in a Big East Conference road game.

“We were a little more conservative to start the game and had some plays that didn’t go the way we wanted to,” he said.

“The second half was a different story.”

Indeed it was.

After a pair of touchdowns and a safety gave the Rockets a 16-0 lead at intermission, they turned a close game into a rout with five second-half scores.

Cedar Grove-Belgium improved its conference record to 6-1 and remained in second place, one-half game behind front-running Hilbert/Stockbridge (6-0) with two weeks left in the regular season.

Faced with a tricky wind throughout the game, the Rockets ran 50 times for 394 yards, averaging 7.9 per carry.

Taylor Heiden, who had just eight carries the previous week against Manitowoc Lutheran before exiting with an illness, piled up 216 yards on 27 carries against the Rams. The senior also scored two touchdowns, including one on the Rockets’ first possession.

 
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