One win from repeat crown

CG-Belgium’s football team cruises past previously unbeaten Reedsville, plays at Hilbert for league title
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

That’s one undefeated team down, one to go for Cedar Grove-Belgium High School’s football team in its hunt to repeat as Big East Conference champions.

The Rockets last Friday held Reedsville to less than 130 yards of offense and one pass completion for a 28-7 victory over its previously unbeaten conference opponent.

The defense pitched a shutout, with the Panthers’ only score coming on a 50-yard interception return at the end of the first half. That helped tie the game, 7-7, at the break.

“The defense kept them pinched in and got some good quality hits on their running back and quarterback that kind of slowed them down a little bit,” coach Dan Schreurs said. “They were big up front but we were able to get through and make some nice plays in the backfield.”

The Rockets took control in the second half, wearing down the Panthers.

Running back Chris Jentges, getting the nod since the Panthers keyed on fellow back Alex Acevedo, ran for two scores in the third quarter, and Cayden Fisher capped off the scoring with a touchdown run in the fourth.

Jentges finished with 101 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Quarterback Michael Navis had 90 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, and Fisher had 74 and a score on 12 carries. The Rockets racked up 298 yards rushing.

“We knew once we were able to get through their front line, were able to get seven to eight yards per carry,” Schreurs said.

The Rockets ran play-action passes and gave the speedy Navis the option to run or throw.

“Once he saw green grass in front of him, he took off,” Schreurs said.

Teams had to pick their poison each week of the season so far, either trying to shut down Jentges or Acevedo. On Friday, Acevedo had a linebacker flying to him on every play, “whether he had the ball or not,” Schreurs said.

Acevedo had his shoulder dinged up and was taken out for good when the Rockets got a 21-7 lead. Fisher filled in and “he didn’t disappoint, either,” Schreurs said.

The Rockets took opening kickoff 10 plays for a touchdown, capped by an 11-yard Navis run.

The drive had a new wrinkle for Cedar Grove-Belgium, which scripted its first 10 plays. Schreurs said they only had to go off script once due to down and distance.

Later in the first half, the Rockets came away empty twice inside the Panthers’ 25-yard line.

“We’ve still got work to do offensively. There’s no doubt about that,” Schreurs said.

The Panthers ran a 5-2 defense with a cover 4, meaning the Rockets’ passing attack would be limited. Navis only went 3-for-7 passing for 49 yards and one interception.

But the Rockets pass defense was stout, limiting Carson Schanilec to 1-for-9 passing for 48 yards and a pick by Jeffrey Emperly.

Inside linebacker Ben Anzia made nine tackles and a sack, and defensive end Chris Daniels made six with a sack. Brett Feind had six tackles, and Wade Navis had five. Matthew Poull forced a fumble, and Tyler Kowalkowski had four tackles and a sack.

“It was a complete team effort,” Schreurs said, adding Max Ford and Emperly knocked down a few passes.

The Panthers’ score came on a long pass from Navis with less than a minute to play in the first half. Schanilec caught the ball and made some athletic moves on his way to the end zone.

“We tried to get greedy. I should have run the ball and clock out,” Schreurs said.

Up next is another undefeated conference opponent, Hilbert, on the road. The “always well-coached” Huskies, Schreurs said, present a heavily run-oriented offense behind tailback Evan Lau, who has 854 yards and 15 touchdowns on 110 carries this season. Quarterback Grant Propson has 493 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on 98 carries. He is only 9-for-26 passing for 209 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

“Their offensive line gets off the ball really well. They get to the second level,” Schreurs said.

By comparison, Navis leads the Rockets with 562 yards and seven scores on 67 carries. Acevedo has 530 yards and seven touchdowns on 126 carries, and Jentges has 494 yards and eight scores on 81 carries.

Navis has completed 21 of 47 passes for five touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Rockets will have a rare advantage over the Huskies.

“They’re good. They’re fast, not overly big,” Schreurs said. “We’ll definitely have the size advantage, which doesn’t often happen for us.”

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