Rockets run on all cylinders in Manitowoc

CG-Belgium football team is one victory away from qualifying for the playoffs for 20th straight year
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

A stronger, faster and better equipped Cedar Grove-Belgium High School football team visited undermanned and outgunned Manitowoc Lutheran last Friday, and the score showed it.

The Rockets had a 55-0 lead by halftime and cruised to a 63-14 Big East Conference victory.

The Lancers’ starting quarterback and one of their wide receivers were out, and “things just went our way from the get-go,” Rocket coach Dan Schreurs said.

“We jumped on them pretty quick offensively, defensively and even on special teams.”

Senior quarterback Colton Sellin got the party started with a 24-yard touchdown run in the first quarter on his only carry of the night.

Outside linebacker Nolan Aponte picked off a hitch pass in the flat and ran it back 25 yards for a touchdown, his first of two pick sixes on the night. Caleb Beightol then scored his first touchdown of the season on a nine-yard pass from Sellin.

Lineman Diego Morales, listed at 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 270 pounds, got into the act late in the first quarter with a four-yard touchdown run after Billy Navis blocked a punt.

“They wanted to put in our goal-line package with him,” Schreurs said with a laugh. “He plays rugby when he’s not wrestling and playing football, so it was just like a scrum. He got in behind some of the guys and he just walked into the end zone.”

Senior all-purpose back Gabe Egan, who scored six touchdowns a week earlier, only managed half of his production this week, all in a five-minute stretch in the second quarter when Schreurs started to already pull some starters. Egan turned short passes into huge plays, catching touchdown passes of 42, 48 and 48 yards.

Aponte picked off another hitch pass, stepping in front of his brother Ethan, late in the quarter and ran it back 20 yards for a touchdown.

Junior running back William Stemwell finished the Rockets’ scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Sellin went 7-for-8 for 184 yards and three touchdowns. Cade Borden went 1-for-3 for six yards.

Nine Rocket backs totaled 167 yards on 26 carries on the ground, led by Stemwell’s 51 yards on 12 runs.

Egan had four catches for 145 yards and three scores, while four of his teammates each caught one pass.

Schreurs praised his wide receivers for their blocking, especially Beightol and Mason Navis.

Linebacker Jordan Platner had eight tackles and a sack, and Matthew Navis had five tackles. Eighteen Rockets had tackles in holding the Lancers to 97 yards.

Lancer Logan Brooks went 6-for-14 passing for 26 yards and two interceptions. Kamden Baye ran nine times for 48 yards.

The Rockets, 3-0 in the Big East and 3-2 overall, on Friday host rival Hilbert, another team with a strong football tradition that has regularly challenged the Rockets for the Big East title for the past several years.

Hilbert comes in 1-2 in the Big East and 2-3 overall, but Schreurs said that doesn’t matter.

“You’ve always got to respect them because they’re always well coached,” he said.

With a victory, the Rockets would extend their streak of qualifying for the playoffs for to 20 seasons.

Big East Standings: Cedar Grove-Belgium, 3-0; Oostburg, 3-0; Howards Grove, 2-1; Reedsville, 2-1; Hilbert, 1-2; Ozaukee, 1-2; Manitowoc Lutheran, 0-3; Random Lake, 0-3.

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