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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 15:44

Early deficit, coverage problems keep Port trailing in catch-up game with Lutheran

Scoring 26 points and racking up nearly 300 yards in total yardage usually gives a football team a solid chance at winning.MARTY FRANZKOWIAK helped Port Washington collect 291 yards in total offense last Friday night, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a loss to Milwaukee Lutheran in the North Shore Conference opener for both teams. Photo by Sam Arendt

But shaky defense, turnovers and special-teams breakdowns will also unravel the best game plans, including the Port Washington Pirates’ effort against a quick-hitting opponent last Friday.

Although host Port moved the ball with regularity and had plenty of scoring opportunities, it fell victim to miscues in a 42-26 loss to Milwaukee Lutheran in the North Shore Conference opener for both teams.

Sparked by a 306-yard passing show from quarterback Jake Nelson, Lutheran seized control early and forced the Pirates to play from behind the entire night. Even after Port rallied to make a game of it in the fourth quarter, Nelson extinguished the comeback hopes by throwing a 69-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Kevin Folker.

Folker was the Red Knights’ most dangerous go-to man, finishing with 162 yards on just five catches.

“They have perfected their passing routes, and we didn’t do a very good job of defending them,” said Port coach Tim Greisch, whose team fell to 1-2 overall.

“Our defense really needed to get some stops, but we couldn’t do that often enough. Our offense can put points on the board, but if you can’t keep the other team from moving the ball, it doesn’t do much good.”

 
Soccer tests leaves CG-B with bag of mixed results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN and MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 15:35

Kirst scoring machine keeps clicking as Rockets score split in CLC matches


The road turned a bit rocky for the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ soccer team last week, but at least one player stayed on a smooth roll.

Senior forward Kyle Kirst, who has emerged as the Rockets’ top offensive threat, continued to carry the scoring load when they split a pair of Central Lakeshore Conference games at home.CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S John Schmidt (left) tried to maneuver past a Sheboygan Christian player during their teams‘ Central Lakeshore Conference game last week. Christian defeated the host Rockets, 4-2. Photo by Sam Arendt

Kirst had two goals in each match, most recently a 4-2 loss to Sheboygan Christian on Sept. 1.

Christian did all its scoring in the first half, building a 4-1 lead by intermission. Four players — Josh Seider, Kyle Stecker, Josh Stecker and Alessandro Peiri — scored for the Eagles.

The Rockets were unable to overcome their slow start even though Kirst had a goal in each half.

“Kyle has been playing great soccer. He has great speed and beats a lot of people to the ball,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Eric Miller said.

Miller said a lack of early focus cost his team, which fell to 2-3 in conference play and 3-5 overall.

“We came out kind of slow, and it hurt,” he said. “We got our players fired up at halftime and played 1-0 soccer after that, so that was a positive.”

CG-Belgium 3, Random Lake 2

The Rockets raced to a 3-0 lead in the first half and hung on for a victory Aug. 30.

An own goal by the Rams gave Cedar Grove-Belgium a 1-0, and Kirst scored twice before intermission.

In the second half, Random Lake fought back to make a game of it. Andrew Ross converted a penalty kick, and Travis Deppiesse added a score to pull the Rams within a goal.

 
Pirates’ winning rally just a run away PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 14:20

Port football team shakes off lackluster first half to rumble past Westosha for 37-29 win in home opener

You never know when a comeback is right around the corner.

Trailing by 16 points at halftime against Westosha Central last Friday night, the Port Washington football team appeared headed for a disappointing loss, one marred by shaky defense and costly miscues.ROMAN BAILEY and his fellow Port Washington backs ran through Westosha Central’s defense in a nonconference win Friday. Bailey rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Photo by Sam Arendt

But there was still one half left for redemption — an opportunity Port fully embraced while pulling out a 37-29 victory in its home opener.

Mick Clarke’s 61-yard touchdown run with just over five minutes to play capped a determined comeback by the Pirates, who scored 24 unanswered points in the second half.

“We knew we could move the ball against them, but I kept saying that what we needed were some defensive stops,” said Port coach Tim Greisch, whose team piled up 291 yards rushing.

“We made some adjustments and shuffled our lineup around until we found the right personnel. Then the kids really stepped up.”

The Pirates’ huge rally was a stark contrast to an erratic first half. Although Port played Central to a 7-7 standoff through one quarter, the second period went to the visitors.

Clinging to a 14-13 lead with 4:17 left in the half, the Falcons pulled away with two long scoring plays. Aaron Fincher, who scored Central’s first touchdown of the game on a 16-yard run, fielded a squib kickoff and sprinted 85 yards up the middle of the field for a touchdown that put his team ahead, 22-13.

After stopping Port on a fourth-down play at their own 43, the Falcons struck again. This time, quarterback Tyler Stoxen found Jason Castona open on a crossing pattern for a 56-yard scoring pass with just 29 seconds left.

“That was a big play that looked like it could have been the ball game,” Greisch said. “We were back on our heels, and they caught us out of position.”

Facing a 29-13 deficit, the Pirates appeared ready to fold. The third quarter didn’t signal any kind of a quick comeback, either, with quarterback Taylor Devenport sacked twice on Port’s first possession, which ended in a punt that Fincher returned to the Pirates’ 33.

But after Port’s defense returned the favor by stopping the Falcons on a fourth-down pass, the fun began for the home team.

Hard running by Clarke and Roman Bailey, including a 15-yard burst by Clarke, put the Pirates at midfield. On first down, Devenport found Marty Franzkowiak open on a 50-yard touchdown pass along the left sideline.

Devenport’s two-point conversion run pulled Port within 29-21.

The Falcons threatened again on their next possession, but linebacker Boomer Scheel snuffed out that chance by intercepting Stoxen’s pass at the Port 28. The Pirates responded with a seven-play, 72-yard drive sparked by Bailey.

 
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