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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 16:55

Kingsford defense has final say against CG-Belgium in battle of football wills

Heading into last Friday’s game against Kingsford, Cedar Grove-Belgium football coach Chris Zablocki wasn’t sure how his team would fare in its first-ever meeting with a perennial power from Upper Michigan.

But he did know the Rockets would have their hands full in their 2012 home opener against a well-coached foe from a larger school with a strong football tradition.

“We played probably the best high school football team in Upper Michigan,” Zablocki said after seeing Kingsford hold on for a 20-7 win.

“They have a school twice our size and twice as many kids in their program, but we stayed with them. I was very proud of our kids. We showed we can play with anybody.”

Kingsford never trailed, building a 14-0 lead by halftime and withstanding a second-half rally by the host Rockets. The Flivvers’ defense successfully checked tailback Alex Giles, the centerpiece of Cedar Grove-Belgium’s ground game.

Giles, an all-state back who rushed for more than 2,600 yards last year, was held to 32 yards on 16 carries by a swarming Kingsford scheme that gave him little room to move.

 
Short-handed Rockets score split decision in CLC soccer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 16:53

An undermanned Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ soccer team managed a split decision in Central Lakeshore Conference play last week.

After slipping past Ozaukee on Aug. 28, the Rockets were blanked, 4-0, by Oostburg two days later.

The week provided a transitional period for Cedar Grove-Belgium, which played its first two games under new head coach Elias Garza.

Garza has taken over for Eric Miller, who resigned the previous week due to a job commitment.

Oostburg, one of the conference’s top teams, built a 3-0 lead by halftime and was never seriously threatened by a young Rockets team that had few reserves.

Kortu Josiah scored two of the Flying Dutchmen’s first three goals.

“We kept it a 1-0 game until three minutes left in the first half,” Garza said. “We lost a bit of our focus and concentration and conceded two late goals.”

 
Turnabout no fair play for Pirates PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 17:50

Muskego’s 2nd-half rally spoils encouraging start by new-look Port football team

No one expected the Port Washington High School football team to become a powerhouse overnight this season under first-year coach John Bunyan.

But after seeing the Pirates take command early in their 2012 debut last Friday, fans probably didn’t expect them to bow in a nail-biting finish, either.

After dominating the first half and building a 20-0 lead, host Port faltered just enough the rest of the way to be handed a 28-27 loss by a resilient Muskego team.

Quarterback Peter Roy was the biggest thorn in the Pirates’ side down the stretch, scoring the final eight points in a decisive comeback.

After seeing the Warriors rally to tie the game at 20-20 early in the fourth quarter, Port responded with a 75-yard scoring drive. Marty Franzkowiak’s 31-yard touchdown run and Sam Davel’s extra point gave the Pirates a 27-20 lead with 3 minutes, 50 seconds left.

True to form in a seesaw second half, Muskego found an answer. Roy led the Warriors on a 79-yard scoring drive with three key plays.

After keeping the march alive by scrambling for a first down on fourth-and-7, Roy turned the trick again with a 5-yard touchdown run with 20 seconds left that pulled Muskego within 27-26.

The Warriors used a timeout to set up a two-point try from the left hash mark. Roy kept the ball on a bootleg run to the right side, outracing defenders before diving into the end zone.

A desperation drive by the Pirates followed, reaching the Muskego 39 with seconds left. However, quarterback Aidan Wojciehowski’s last-ditch pass for Derek Haley fell incomplete as time expired.

“It was a tough game to lose, but I was really proud of the way our kids hung in there,” said Bunyan, whose team appeared headed for a solid win at intermission.

“We had a great first half but came out a little flat in the third quarter, and it cost us. Their quarterback made some plays we never expected from them.”

Nearly everything went right for Port in the first half.

 
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