Coleman runs over CG-Belgium

By MITCH MAERSCH

Ozaukee Press staff

Cedar Grove-Belgium High School’s football team had no plans to end its season last Friday, but host Coleman imposed its will on the Rockets early and often in a 46-14 playoff shellacking.

The top-seeded Cougars built a 26-0 halftime lead and held a 46-0 advantage before the No. 4-seeded Rockets got on the board.

“They’re good. They’re fast. They were strong. They weren’t big,” Rockets’ coach Dan Schreurs said.

“It didn’t help that we didn’t play well, either.”

Senior quarterback Colton Sellin, who was battling a cold — illness traveled through the team — went 10-for-22 for 177 yards with two touchdowns and three uncharacteristic interceptions. Senior all-purpose back Gabe Egan caught nine balls for 136 yards and two scores, and Caleb Vande Boom caught one for 41 yards.

The Rockets’ rushing attack was held to 10 yards. Deven Soerens ran four times for 12 yards, and Sellin lost two on eight carries.

Coleman, which ran for nearly 4,000 yards this season, racked up 424 yards on the ground, led by Will Beiber’s 10 carries for 201 yards and a score. Peter Kuchta had 10 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown, and Brady Gross ran 16 times for 71 yards and two scores.

The Cougars didn’t throw often or long, but made their passes count. Trent Mongin went 5-for-6 passing for 41 yards and three touchdowns.

The Rockets took the opening kickoff and drove 57 yards to the Cougers’ 8-yard line, with quarterback Sellin finding Egan for 25 yards before Egan was tripped up.

The Cougars’ defense held, and the Rockets turned it over on downs.

Coleman, which ran for nearly 4,000 yards this season, got its ground game going and soon scored on a 70-yard touchdown run.

The Rockets were then forced to punt, but their defense stepped up. A Billy Navis sack made it third and 25. But Coleman converted on the same running play that scored the touchdown.

The Cougars scored on that drive, and on the Rockets’ ensuing possession Sellin hit an unsuspecting Egan in the helmet with a short pass to the sideline that was ruled a pass and not a lateral. The Rockets stalled and had to punt.

If there was another indication it wasn’t the Rockets’ night, it came on the next possession when Coleman was going to give up possession. The Cougars’ punter dropped the snap, picked up the ball and scampered for a first down.

“Against a team like Coleman like that, you can’t have those types of situations,” Schreurs said of the long third-down conversion and the punt fiasco.

The Rockets’ defense thwarted a last-second scoring threat to keep it at a 26-point deficit at the break.

“They played their game of football and their game plan,” Schreurs said.

The second half didn’t get much better, but Egan outleaped a double team for a 25-yard touchdown, and later snagged a pass in the back of the end zone and got a foot down for a seven-yard score.

“That was kind of special,” Schreurs said.

He told the pair if they got the ball back at the end of the game he was going to call running plays because “I want the last memory of those guys to be that throw.”

Schreurs’ message to his team afterward was, “Games like Friday night happen where the ball just doesn’t bounce your way,” he said.

The Rockets finished 8-3, which included a 7-0 mark in the Big East Conference and the league title.

“I couldn’t be prouder of them. It was a good group. Getting the conference championship is always nice to have,” Schreurs said.

“Everyone really got along. Practices flew by. They were laughing, and having fun. Something that I’ll definitely always remember this team by, just how they handled things and the enjoyment of being out there.”

Coleman, 12-0, hosts No. 2-seeded St. Mary’s Springs (10-1) on Friday.

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