Quarterback, receiver deliver record-setting nightas CG-Belgium soars to 48-26 win in season debut
A thunderstorm delayed the Cedar Grove-Belgium Rockets’ season opener last Friday, but from a football standpoint, the lightning started right off the bat.
All-Big East Conference quarterback Josh Weiss missed on a long pass to his first cousin, all-league end Reid Hilbelink, on the opening play, but that was about the only time the two didn’t connect.
Their aerial connections led the host Rockets in a 48-26 victory over Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Christian.
Weiss racked up 404 yards passing, breaking his own team single-game record, and threw four touchdown strikes.
Hilbelink had seven receptions for 219 yards and two touchdowns, breaking the Rockets’ career record for catches and yardage.
Hilbelink has 65 catches for 1,305 yards, eclipsing 2005 graduate Bryan Krizak’s mark of 58 catches for 1,251 yards.
Also for Cedar Grove-Belgium, Ethan Brochtrup had three catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, and Matt Dirkse had five receptions for 85 yards and a score.
The big victory broke a streak Weiss was hoping to end.
“As seniors, we haven’t won a week-one game,” he said.
The Rockets have now, but not in traditional fashion. This year, the team isn’t expected to rely on a hard-hitting running game powered by a large offensive line.
This team moves down the field in a way befitting of the school nickname.
“That’s what we’re kind of expecting out of our offense,” said Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Dan Schreurs, whose team piled up 521 total yards.
The Rockets scored on their first four possessions in building a 28-13 halftime lead.