CG-Belgium goes for blood early

Overmatched opponent no obstacle for Rockets in record-setting eruption

CALEB SELLS WAS one of several Cedar Grove-Belgium football players to run through huge holes, above behind the blocks of Caleb Ledbetter (52) and Jonathan Berndt (39), in a 69-6 win over overmatched St. Mary Central on Friday. Photo by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The match-up on paper between the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School football team and St. Mary Central looked to heavily favor the Rockets, and that’s exactly how Friday’s game played out.

The Rockets set a school record with eight different players scoring touchdowns in racking up 69 points — perhaps one for every 10,000 mosquitoes in attendance.

The Zephyrs, who only dressed 18 players for the game, managed a late score on a trick play to break the shutout. The final tally was 69-6.

Four Rockets had at least 49 yards rushing. The team averaged 8.1 yards per carry and ran for seven scores.

Those scoring touchdowns included Chris Jentges (one pass, one run), Michael Navis, Alex Acevedo (two), Jordan Sells, Cayden Fisher and Jonah Morales.

“We really just kind of spread things around, didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, put them in some good positions to score,” coach Dan Schreurs said.

“The offensive line was great again. The holes were just huge.”

The demolition began early. After stuffing the Zephyrs after the kickoff, the Rockets returned the punt to the 1-yard line. Alex Acevedo scored his first of two touchdowns a play later.

After the defense forced another three-and-out, Jeffrey Emperly returned the punt for a touchdown.

Another defensive stop led to a punt, and this time the Zephyrs kicked it out of bounds. Two plays after that, quarterback Michael Navis threw a 38-yard touchdown to Chris Jentges, the only pass the Rockets threw all night.

About the only thing that didn’t work was an extra point in the first half. The snap zinged right to kicker Jentges, who caught it and began rolling out. He tossed it to Wade Navis in the end zone, who caught it but had the ball squirt out of his hands when he hit the ground.

On defense, linebacker Ben Anzia had another good night, totaling a team-high eight tackles. Schreurs also praised linebacker Matt Poull.

“They were swarming all over the place,” he said.

Josh Nett and Trey Ebbers each had an interception.

It was 55-0 at halftime. Schreurs already had his sophomore running backs playing in the second quarter and he started the third quarter with his junior-varsity squad.

“I got my varsity guys out of there pretty quickly and got the JV guys out there,” he said.

It turned out that was a blessing since Monday’s junior varsity game against Greenfield was canceled because the Hustlin’ Hawks had too many injuries.

The Rockets unfortunately sustained one themselves on Friday. Sells tore a hip flexor and is out for the season. That, Schreurs said, hurts depth on the junior varsity and varsity team.

The Zephyrs scored on a halfback option late in the game. The Rockets’ corner was coming up to stop the run when the pass sailed over his head to a receiver.

The Cedar Grove Fire Department put some of its large fans on the Rockets’ sideline to blow mosquitoes away from the players and coaches.

“Never seen anything like it,” Schreurs said.

The field had been sprayed that morning, but it didn’t help, he said.

The Rockets (4-1 overall, 4-0 in the Big East Conference) are prepping to face their biggest rival, Oostburg, on the road on Friday. The Golden Spike, the traveling trophy between the two teams that the Rockets have held since 2011, is on the line.

“I walked into our film (session) and put the trophy on the table, and said ‘It’s go time,’” Schreurs said. “They were all hooting and hollering. It brings everything to a completely different level.”

Oostburg comes in at 2-3.

“It should be a good game. Hopefully, we can take control of things and get going right away,” Schreurs said.

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