CG-Belgium obtains piece of Big East crown

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

It was indeed a happy homecoming for the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School football team last Friday in a 42-15 flogging of Random Lake that secured a share of the Big East Conference title.

The Rockets allowed a third straight opponent to score first — this time a 31-yard field goal keyed a long kickoff return — but answered with 42 straight points, including 35 in the second quarter.

“We were kinda slow out of the gates, but then really just kind of turned it on after that,” coach Dan Schreurs said.

All-purpose back Gabe Egan returned after missing a week due to a gash in his leg from an accident with the blocking sled, and he made an immediate impact.

On the Rockets’ first play from scrimmage, senior quarterback Colton Sellin rolled out and hit Egan for a 45-yard gain. Deven Soerens rumbled up the middle for a 10-yard touchdown on the next play.

After a Rams’ punt, Billy Navis finished a 16-play, 68-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown.

After a second punt, Sellin floated a ball to Egan in the corner of the end zone over the defense for a four-yard score, capping an eight-play, 62-yard drive.

A minute later, defensive back Gaven Davies caught a ball thrown right to him while playing zone, setting up the Rockets’ offense again.

Sellin hit Egan with a rainbow on a corner route for a 24-yard score, and it was 28-3.

After another punt, Egan took a short pass and darted 38 yards to the Rams’ 35-yard line. Sellin later hit him on a slant for a 20-yard score.

“It’s just a night-and-day difference with him out there,” Schreurs said of Egan. “The offense just flowed again.”

The Rockets were prepared to play without Egan, but his condition improved as the week went on. Schreurs pulled him out of the game early as the score became lopsided.

With less than four minutes to play in the first half, Nolan Aponte plucked a ball out of the air in front of a Ram receiver and raced 43 yards down the right sideline for his third pick six of the season. He leads the state in that category, Schreurs said, and he’s 13th in interceptions with five, according to wissports.net.

Egan finished with six catches for 129 yards and three touchdowns. Caleb Beightol had three catches for 51 yards, and tight end Caleb Vande Boom pulled in a low throw on the move for 15 yards.

Beightol, who had the clutch touchdown in the final minute to beat Oostburg the week before, is coming on as a solid receiving option.

“I think Colton is starting to look that direction,” Schreurs said.

Sellin went 10-for-16 for 195 yards and three touchdowns. For a couple of plays, Schreurs had Sellin’s younger brother Mason play center to snap to his sibling.

Soerens ran four times for 49 yards and a score, and William Stemwell ran 12 times for 48 yards. Navis had 21 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.

“Deven was his normal self. He capitalized on the couple of carries we gave him,” Schreurs said.

Jordan Platner led the defense with eight tackles. Davies had six, and Soerens and Jackson Foster each had five. Foster had a sack.

The defense knocked out Rams’ quarterback Natron Daggett for one play in the first half, then for good before the end of the second quarter. He was carted off with a possible concussion.

Daggett and Luke Kultgen combined to go 12-for-29 passing for 181 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The Rockets held the Rams’ rushing attack to 28 yards on 11 carries.

The Rockets, 6-0 in the Big East and 6-2 overall, can seal a solo league title with a win at rival Ozaukee (1-5 Big East) on Friday. It’s always a unique week since Schreurs is the information technology director for the Northern Ozaukee School District and the Warriors’ junior varsity baseball coach, so he knows many of the football players well. His wife Melissa, who records offensive stats for football, teaches at Ozaukee Elementary School.

“I get most nervous for the Oostburg week, but the Ozaukee week is definitely closing in on that gap,” coach Schreurs said.

His team didn’t take much time celebrating a win over the Rams.

“They were focused on that right away right after the game,” Schreurs said of the outright conference title. “They want the whole pie instead of just a piece of it.”

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