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Auburndale’s Collin Hawkins signs letter to play football at UW-Stevens Point

Posted on 01 February 2017 by paul

Auburndale senior running back Collin Hawkins signed a letter of intent on Feb. 1 to play football at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

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By Paul Lecker

AUBURNDALE – For Collin Hawkins, playing college football has always been a dream of his.

The Auburndale High School senior will be able to tackle that dream, and do it close to home next fall.

Hawkins, a 5-11, 195-pound fullback/linebacker, signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play football at NCAA Division III University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Hawkins will follow former teammate and his “best bud”, Kaleb Bolder, who was a freshman offensive lineman on the Pointers’ squad that went 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last season.

“As a kid playing football, every kid thinks they are going to play Division I football and go to the NFL,” Hawkins said. “At the end of the day, I’m going to be playing Division III football and that is great.

“I watched quite a few (UWSP) games last year, went with Kaleb’s family a lot, and I like how they play. When I took an official visit, I really liked how they play football. I know the place. I know the campus. It was right for me.”

Hawkins was a second-team all-Marawood Conference pick at linebacker as a junior and a honorable mention choice last season after helping the Apaches reach the playoffs. He was fifth in the Marawood in rushing yards with 558.

“I am very proud of Collin,” Auburndale coach Eric Custer said. “He has worked very hard to put himself in the position that he is currently in. He works very hard in the weight room, and does beyond expectations with his film study. Those two assets alone will benefit him at the next level.”

Hawkins said he was told he will compete at the linebacker position, but is willing to “play wherever they need me.”

“Kaleb was my best bud through high school,” said Hawkins, who plans on studying business in search of either a sales or marketing degree. “He gave me insights into the program. He had a good time playing there, likes the coaching staff, I enjoyed the staff. It made me feel like that’s what I wanted.”

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Champion Stratford dominates 2016 All-Marawood Conference Football Team

Posted on 18 November 2016 by paul

Stratford offensive lineman Tanner Weinfurtner (79) celebrates with Kam Bornbach after Bornbach scored a touchdown during a win over Marathon in August. Both Bornbach and Weinfurtner were first-team all-Marawood Conference choices. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

Stratford offensive lineman Tanner Weinfurtner (79) celebrates with Kam Bornbach after Bornbach scored a touchdown during a win over Marathon in August. Both Bornbach and Weinfurtner were first-team all-Marawood Conference choices. (Photo by Paul Lecker/


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By Paul Lecker

The Stratford football team won its first outright Marawood Conference title since 2007 and reaped the rewards as it had six players named at seven positions to the first team of the 2016 All-Marawood Conference Football Team, which was voted on by the nine conference coaches following the conclusion of the regular season.

Senior Kamren Bornbach was named conference Back of the Year and was a first-team selection at both fullback/tight end and inside linebacker for the Tigers.

Bornbach led the conference in scoring with 114 points (16 touchdowns, 13 extra-point kicks, one field goal, and one two-point conversion) and was second in the Marawood with 771 rushing yards out of his fullback position.

Bornbach, along with senior Kyler Haupt at defensive end/outside linebacker, senior Ethan Fabry at defensive line, and junior Aiden Hoffman at inside linebacker were also first-team picks for the Stratford defense that allowed an average of just 117 yards and 4 points per game as the Tigers went a perfect 8-0 in conference play.

Senior offensive linemen Tanner Weinfurtner and Tyson Kauffman, and receiver Cole Hoffmann were also first-team picks for Stratford.

Juniors Luke Barten (defensive line) and Dilan Dehlinger (defensive back) were second-team selections for the Tigers, along with Fabry at offensive line.

“I’m real proud of our players all year,” Stratford coach Jason Tubbs said. “Winning the conference is a great accomplishment. The line played well all year. Kam being Back of the Year shows how hard and dedicated he was his whole career. There will be a lot of big shoes to fill next year after losing out great senior class.”

Auburndale finished 4-4 in the conference and reached the WIAA playoffs, the team’s No. 1 goal before the season began.

Junior defensive end Jake Peplinski and senior defensive back Aaron Willfahrt were named to the first-team defense for the Apaches, with junior Cameron Ertl earning second-team honors at both wide receiver and defensive back, and senior Luke Olsen was named to the second team at offensive line.

“Jake played outside linebacker and did a nice job setting the edge,” Auburndale coach Eric Custer said. “We moved him from defensive end and he was very uncomfortable with it at first, but now is very happy with the decision.

“Aaron received the most votes at defensive back, and even though he didn’t have a lot of gaudy numbers (two interceptions), teams were throwing away from him, which is a compliment. He’s a very smart, athletic kid.”

2016 All-Marawood Conference Football Team
First Team
Donavon Free, jr., Marathon; Taylor Brayton, sr., Rib Lake/Prentice.
Receivers: Bailey Herkert, jr., Pittsville; Cole Hoffmann, sr., Stratford.
Fullback/tight end: Nathan Stoffel, so., Marathon; Kam Bornbach, sr., Stratford.
Line: Tanner Weinfurtner, sr., Stratford; Bryce Seubert, sr., Marathon; Tyson Kauffman, sr., Stratford; Michael Lang, jr., Marathon; Zach Makovsky, jr., Rib Lake/Prentice.
Running backs: Mitchell Putnam, sr., Marathon; Alec Hafferman, sr., Edgar; Hunter Swan, sr., Rib Lake/Prentice.
Kicker: Josh Burish, jr., Edgar.
Ends/outside linebackers:
Bryce Seubert, sr., Marathon; Alec Hafferman, sr., Edgar; Kyler Haupt, sr., Stratford; Jake Peplinski, jr., Auburndale.
Line: Ethan Fabry, sr., Stratford; Kaden Callaway, sr., Marathon.
Inside linebackers: Kam Bornbach, sr., Stratford; Aiden Hoffman, jr., Stratford.
Defensive backs: Aaron Willfahrt, sr., Auburndale; Donavon Free, jr., Marathon; Mitchell Putnam, sr., Marathon.
Punter: Peter Newbury, jr., Chequamegon.
Second Team
Luke Denniston, jr., Pittsville.
Receivers: Drew Rohde, sr., Rib Lake/Prentice; Eli Wurl, jr., Tomahawk; Cameron Ertl, jr., Auburndale.
Line: Seth Schilling, sr., Edgar; Ethan Fabry, sr., Stratford; Bryce Imhoff, jr., Edgar; Luke Olsen, sr., Auburndale; Henry Myers, jr., Pittsville.
Ends/outside linebackers:
Kai Vedder, so., Rib Lake/Prentice; Henry Myers, jr., Pittsville; Austin Hilgart, sr., Chequamegon; Jake Ruid, jr., Tomahawk; Tyler Dammonn, jr., Pittsville.
Line: Garrett Richardson, sr., Rib Lake/Prentice; Reece Heidmann, jr., Edgar; Luke Barten, jr., Stratford.
Inside linebackers: Hunter Swan, sr., Rib Lake/Prentice; Zach Hanke, sr., Marathon; Tyler Matysik, sr., Edgar; Drew Rohde, sr., Rib Lake/Prentice.
Defensive backs: Dilan Dehlinger, jr., Stratford; Karson Butt, so., Edgar; Cameron Ertl, jr., Auburndale; Peter Newbury, jr., Chequamegon.
Honorable Mention
Auburndale: Collin Hawkins, Ryan Isaacson, Josh Gabel, Cale Jacoby.
Chequamegon: Brice McClay, Robert Renken, Sawyer Anderson, Dawson Weik.
Edgar: Brett Schuette, Cade Littleton, Shawn Bunkelman, Colton Heil.
Marathon: Riley Rhyner, Hunter Seubert, Richie Seubert, Zach Anklam.
Phillips: Brandon Huettl, Christian Makovsky, Dakota Haberman, Tanner Riley.
Pittsville: Nick Hibbard, Josh Zogelman, Todd Parker, Kody Kauth.
Rib Lake/Prentice: Trayvon Sutherland, Colt Logan, Trace Brayton, Peter Ulrich.
Stratford: David Marquardt, Kade Ehrike, Jordan Becker, Eli Drexler
Tomahawk: Easton Phalin, Eli Wurl, William Russell, Kole Woodall.
Co-coaches of the Year: Mark Krommenacker and Jeremy Brayton, Rib Lake/Prentice.
Back of the Year: Kam Bornbach, Stratford.
Lineman of the Year: Bryce Seubert, Marathon.

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Marathon knocks Auburndale out of WIAA football playoffs

Posted on 21 October 2016 by paul

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MARATHON – The Auburndale football team’s season came to an end Friday night with a 26-6 loss to Marathon in a WIAA Division 6 Level 1 playoff game at Marathon High School.

The Apaches kept it close early, trailing just 14-6 at halftime, but they couldn’t muster another score.

Marathon (9-1) moves on to a Level 2 matchup at Abbotsford (10-0) next Friday.

Donavan Free tossed touchdown passes of 20 and 13 yards to Riley Rhyner, and ran in a score from 19 yards for Marathon.

Auburndale’s lone score came on a 9-yard pass from Ryan Isaacson to Aaron Willfahrt with 4:31 to go in the half that cut Marathon’s lead to 14-6 at the time.

Mitchell Putnam finished with 143 yards rushing for the Raiders, 50 of that coming on a touchdown run with just more than 3 minutes to go in the first half, and Marathon held the Apaches scoreless in the second half.

Auburndale statistics were not reported.

Auburndale ends its season with a 4-6 record.

Raiders 26, Apaches 6
Auburndale 0 6 0 0 – 6
Marathon 7 13 6 0 – 26
First Quarter

M – Riley Rhyner 20 pass from Donavan Free (Schneeberger kick), 5:50.
Second Quarter
M – Free 19 run (Schneeberger kick), 7:00.
A – Aaron Willfahrt 9 pass from Ryan Isaacson (PAT no good), 4:31.
M – Mitchell Putnam 50 run (Schneeberger kick), 3:02.
Third Quarter
M – Rhyner 13 pass from Free (run failed), 4:10.
Auburndale statistics not provided.

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WIAA football playoffs preview: Stratford, Spencer/Columbus, Auburndale hit gridiron Friday night

Posted on 20 October 2016 by paul

Spencer/Columbus senior running back Noah Zastrow has piled up 22 touchdowns this season. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

Spencer/Columbus senior running back Noah Zastrow has piled up 22 touchdowns this season. (Photo by Paul Lecker/


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By Paul Lecker

The 2016 WIAA football playoffs begin Friday with Level 1 games in seven divisions across Wisconsin.

Three local teams will hit the gridiron Friday night with aspirations of moving on in the postseason.

Marawood Conference champion Stratford (8-1) will host Colby (4-5), and Spencer/Columbus Catholic (7-2) will be at home at Spencer High School against Bonduel (7-2) in Division 5 first-round games.

In Division 6, Auburndale (4-5) will play at Marawood-rival Marathon (8-1). All games Friday begin at 7 p.m.

Here’s a look at this week’s local matchups:

Auburndale at Marathon
Just two weeks ago, Auburndale lost 46-7 at home to Marathon, surrendering 419 yards rushing, including 214 to Mitchell Putnam, the Marawood Conference’s leading rusher with 1,124 yards this season.

The Apaches earned a rematch in the postseason after qualifying for the playoffs with a 24-19 win at Tomahawk last Friday.

Auburndale hit one big play through the passing game against Marathon, a 77-yard touchdown from Ryan Isaacson to Cale Jacoby, and had 169 yards in the air despite completing only 7 of 23 attempts.

Coach Eric Custer said the Apaches will have to play much better defensively in order to compete with Marathon this time around.

“We’ve got to be able to stop the run,” Custer said. “I think they’re the best passing team in our conference. They have a really good quarterback and perimeter athletes. I think we focused the pass a lot last time, but we have to be able to stop the run. We have to stop (Putnam) and force them to beat us passing the ball. If they beat us that way, then they deserve it.”

Following a disappointing 3-6 season a year ago, Auburndale regrouped this fall under the leadership of its five seniors to accomplish its goal of reaching the postseason.

“We’re happy to be back (in the playoffs) and it shows we’re a little bit better than last year,” senior running back/linebacker Aaron Willfahrt said. “Having this younger group, it means a lot to us.”

Marathon provides a difficult first-round matchup for the Apaches, and Willfahrt said it will take an improved defensive effort to give them a chance.

“We’re going to have to communicate a lot and cut down on the mental errors, like jumping offsides and things like that,” Willfahrt said. “They spread us out and running off tackle. Mitchell Putnam is pretty quick. I’m pretty confident in our pass defense, we are going to have to concentrate on our run defense.”

Colby at Stratford
Stratford has been playing at the top of its game for well over a month now, shutting out its last four opponents and winning eight games in a row overall.

The Tigers will get running back/linebacker Kamren Bornbach back this week after he missed the team’s finale. Bornbach scored a Marawood Conference-best 114 points this season on the strength of 16 touchdowns. He finished with 771 rushing yards in seven games, and Cole Hoffmann added another 357 yards on the ground and seven scores.

Colby boasts a diversified offense led by quarterback Trevor Stuttgen, who has 885 passing yards and nine touchdowns. Three different running games, along with Stuttgen, share the rushing duties.

“Defensively we have done a great job stopping the run all year,” Stratford coach Jason Tubbs said. “Getting healthy in the secondary, with Dave Marquardt and Cole Hoffmann, has made our pass defense a lot better and consistent.”

Bonduel at Spencer/Columbus Catholic
As has been the case the past two seasons, Spencer/Columbus has relied on the big play to fuel its offense.

The Rockets’ backfield tandem of Noah Zastrow and Hunter Luepke have combined for 2,000 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns. Of Zastrow’s 22 touchdowns, 14 are 35 yards or more.

The Rockets have averaged 39.7 points per game this season, but it could be the defense that will have to shine in their playoff opener against Bonduel.

Bonduel has won four games in a row by a combined score of 158-31 and has totaled 30 or more points in five of its seven victories this season. The Bears only losses came in back-to-back weeks to defending Division 5 state champion Amherst and Iola-Scandinavia.

WIAA Football Playoffs
Level 1
Friday, Oct. 21
Division 5

Bonduel at Spencer/Columbus Catholic (at Spencer), 7 p.m. (Radio: WDLB-AM 1450 and
Colby at Stratford (Tiger Stadium), 7 p.m. (Radio: WOSQ-FM 92.3 and
Division 6
Auburndale at Marathon, 7 p.m.

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Auburndale football tops Tomahawk, clinches spot in WIAA playoffs

Posted on 14 October 2016 by paul

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TOMAHAWK – The Auburndale football team earned the win it needed to get back to the postseason.

The Apaches beat Tomahawk 24-19 on Friday night at Tomahawk High School to finish the regular season with a 4-5 record overall and a 4-4 mark in the Marawood Conference. With the victory, Auburndale qualified for the WIAA playoffs after missing out a year ago.

Auburndale will play at Marawood Conference rival Marathon (8-1) on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in a WIAA Division 6 Level 1 playoff game.

The Apaches last made the postseason in 2014 and reached Level 2 of the Division 5 playoffs for the first time since 2002 before losing to Arcadia to finish the season 7-3.

Ryan Isaacson and Aaron Willfahrt had touchdown runs in the first half to give Auburndale a 13-12 lead at the break.

The Apaches extended their lead in the third quarter with a Collin Hawkins TD run and a field goal from Keller Wolfe, moving ahead 24-12.

Tomahawk edged closer in the fourth with a touchdown pass from Easton Phalin to Wyatt Wenninger, but the Auburndale defense closed the deal from there.

Individual statistics for Auburndale and the length of the scoring plays were not provided.

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Stratford, Auburndale football teams playing for glory in season finales

Posted on 13 October 2016 by paul


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By Paul Lecker

The Stratford and Auburndale football teams will wrap up its’ regular-season and Marawood Conference schedules Friday night with a lot of on the line.

For Stratford, a home game against Phillips gives it the chance to finish off an undefeated conference championship season and win the outright title for the first time since 2007.

Auburndale will travel to Tomahawk with its season on the line. A victory for the Apaches will qualify them for WIAA postseason consideration at 4-4 in the Marawood Conference. Teams that finish .500 during the conference season rarely are excluded the playoffs.

Stratford lost its opening game at Stanley-Boyd 35-7 back on Aug. 19. Since, the Tigers have won seven-straight Marawood games, outscoring their opponents 259-32, and have posted three consecutive shutouts heading into Friday’s game at Tiger Stadium against Phillips (0-8, 0-7 Marawood).

“It means a lot to our seniors as well as our team,” Stratford coach Jason Tubbs said about his team’s chance to play for the outright conference title. “I have a very dedicated group of young men that have worked extremely hard the whole year and really wanted to add their year to our trophy case.”

Senior running back Kamren Bornbach has been a workhorse for the Tigers, rushing for more than 100 yards in three straight games and scoring 12 touchdowns in the past four contests.

A strong offensive line and running game has been the staple for Stratford all season, especially after the Week 1 loss.

“After week one the team, the coaching staff, and most important myself re-evaluated what we were trying to accomplish,” Tubbs said. “I tried to implement some new concepts in the offense, and came to the conclusion to scrap those and do what we do best. So, it was actually a positive thing in the end, and we are finally getting to full strength with some key players being out throughout the season.”

Auburndale missed out on the WIAA playoffs last season and started this season slow, going 1-3 and scoring just once in its first two games.

Since, the Apaches have clawed back to 3-5 overall and 3-4 in the Marawood, leaving them with the task of beating Tomahawk (2-6, 2-5 Marawood) on Friday to get back to the playoff party.

Auburndale beat Pittsville 12-8 back on Sept. 23, which was big considering the Apaches had to play the top two teams in the conference – Stratford and Marathon – the next two weeks. Auburndale lost both games, but that win against the Panthers gave the team the confidence they will need heading into this week’s big game.

“We knew going in that the Pittsville game was a huge game for us,” Auburndale coach Eric Custer said. “It was a huge morale booster for us heading into the tough parts of our conference season. Last year we came out of the Stratford and Marathon games banged up. This year we are healthy after those two games.”

The chance for the Apaches to return to the playoffs is special for the five seniors on the roster. For those players – Collin Hawkins, Aaron Willfahrt, Brandon Yahnke, Luke Olsen and Joshua Gable – to lead a very young team into the postseason would be very rewarding, Custer said.

“It means a lot of the senior class because we struggled last year,” Custer said. “Our quarterback and top two receivers are juniors, we start three sophomore offensive lineman. All five seniors are on the field together on defense, but the other six are underclassmen. They (the seniors) have improved with their leadership and led this team to this point.”

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Marathon running game too much for Auburndale football

Posted on 07 October 2016 by paul


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AUBURNDALE – The Auburndale football team dropped its homecoming game to Marathon 46-7 on Friday night at Auburndale High School.

Marathon ran for 409 yards and outgained the Apaches 494-246 overall.

Marathon improves to 7-1 overall and 6-1 in the Marawood Conference, while Auburndale drops to 3-5 and 3-4 in the conference. The Apaches must win at Tomahawk (2-6, 2-5 Marawood) in their season finale next Friday to qualify for consideration for the WIAA playoffs.

Ryan Isaacson threw for 169 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown to Cale Jacoby for the Apaches’ lone score. Jacoby finished with four catches for 111 yards.

Mitchell Putnam ran for 214 yards and three touchdowns, quarterback Donavon Free added 69 yards on the ground and 85 more through the air, and Zach Anklam had two touchdown runs for the Raiders.

Raiders 46, Apaches 7
Marathon 6 12 21 7 – 46
Auburndale 0 7 0 0 – 7

Scoring plays not reported.
Team Statistics
First downs:
M 12; A 20.
Rushing (att-yards): M 41-409; A 35-77.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): M 10-13-85-0; A 7-23-169-1.
Penalties (no.-yards): M 5-55; A 2-10.
Fumbles (total-lost): M 1-1; A 4-1.
Punting (no.-avg.): M 2-31.0; A 4-30.3.
Individual Statistics
M, Mitchell Putnam 18-214, Donavon Free 7-69, Zach Anklam 2-55, Richie Seubert 7-43, Dylan Seehafer 3-13, Mitch Kurtz 1-10, Carter Hanke 1-4, Riley Rhyner 1-1, Bryce Mathwich 1-0. A, Collin Hawkins 13-50, Aaron Willfahrt 13-11, Ryan Isaacson 2-11, Isaiah Hasenohrl 2-5, Brandon Yanke 2-1, Jake Peplinski 1-0, Carter Wilcott 2-minus 1.
Receiving: M, Rhyner 2-24, Nathan Stoffel 2-23, Anklam 2-13, Putnam 2-minus 6, Hunter Baumann 1-24, Justin Lemke 1-7. A, Cale Jacoby 4-111, Cam Ertl 2-44, Willfahrt 1-14.
Punting: M, Jordan Schneeberger 2-31.0. A, Hawkins 4-30.3.
Records: Marathon 7-1, 6-1 Marawood Conference; Auburndale 3-5, 3-4 Marawood Conference.

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Stratford football blanks Auburndale, remains undefeated in Marawood

Posted on 30 September 2016 by paul


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STRATFORD – The Stratford football team took one more step toward its outright Marawood Conference title since 2007 with a 28-0 shutout of Auburndale on Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers won their sixth-straight game to improve to 6-1 overall and are now 6-0 in the Marawood Conference. Stratford can clinch a tie for the conference championship with a win at Pittsville next Friday, and win it outright by winning its final two games, which includes its finale on Oct. 14.

The last time Stratford tied for the conference title was in 2013 (with Marathon and Edgar). The outright win in 2007 capped a string of seven-straight either outright or shared Marawood titles for the Tigers.

Auburndale falls to 3-4 overall and 3-3 in the Marawood. The Apaches need to win one of their final two games to reach the WIAA playoffs. Auburndale hosts Marathon for its homecoming game on Oct. 7 and closes out its season at Tomahawk on Oct. 14.

Kamren Bornbach ran for 148 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 1, 31, and 2 yards. He also kicked two extra points and ran in a two-point conversion.

Stratford outgained Auburndale 348-142, including 257-61 on the ground.

Tigers 28, Apaches 0
Auburndale 0 0 0 0 – 0
Stratford 7 7 6 8 – 28
First Quarter

S – Kamren Bornbach 1 run (Bornbach kick).
Second Quarter
S – Eli Drexler 40 pass from A.J. Schoenfuss (Bornbach kick).
Third Quarter
S – Bornbach 31 run (PAT failed).
Fourth Quarter
S – Bornbach 2 run (Bornbach run).
Team Statistics
First downs:
A 6; S 16.
Rushing (att-yards): A 20-61; S 47-257.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): A 10-18-81-2; S 3-9-91-1.
Punting (no.-avg.): A 6-37.0; S 3-40.0.
Fumbles lost: none.
Penalties (no.-yards): A 4-20; S 3-15.
Individual Statistics
A, Aaron Willfahrt 10-44, Cam Ertl 1-11, Ryan Isaacson 2-9, Brandon Yahnke 1-0, Jake Peplinski 4-minus 1, Collin Hawkins 2-minus 2. S, Kamren Bornbach 18-148, A.J. Schoenfuss 6-28, Wrensch 2-20, Jordan Becker 2-14, Kade Ehrike 2-13, Dillan Dehlinger 2-13, Eli Drexler 9-11, Paschel 2-7, Schmidt 1-3, Marten 3-0.
Passing: A, Isaacson 10-18-81-2. S, Drexler 3-7-51-1, Schoenfuss 1-1-40-0, Handrick 0-1-0-0.
Receiving: A, Jacoba 4-65, Willfahrt 2-11, Hawkins 2-6, Yahnke 1-4, Peplinski 1-minus 5. S, Drexler 1-40, Schoenfuss 1-24, Bornback 1-19, Dehlinger 1-8.
Interceptions (defense): A, Willfahrt. S, Dehlinger, Bargender.
Records: Auburndale 3-4, 3-3 Marawood Conference; Stratford 6-1, 6-0 Marawood Conference.

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Auburndale football grabs must-win at Pittsville

Posted on 23 September 2016 by paul

Auburndale running back Collin Hawkins stiff arms a Pittsville defender on his way to a first-down run during Friday night's game at Pittsville High School. The Apaches won 12-8. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

Auburndale running back Collin Hawkins stiff arms a Pittsville defender on his way to a first-down run during Friday night’s game at Pittsville High School. The Apaches won 12-8. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

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By Paul Lecker

PITTSVILLE – Auburndale completed only six passes on Friday night against Pittsville, but two big ones made the difference.

Cam Ertl hauled in a 65-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Isaacson in the second quarter and a 40-yard pass from fullback Collin Hawkins on an option pass early in the fourth to lift the Apaches to a 12-8 win in Marawood Conference football action at Pittsville High School.

The win was an important one for Auburndale, which now sits at 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the Marawood. With games looming against conference leaders Stratford (5-0) and Marathon (4-1) the next two weeks, the Apaches needed this one for a realistic shot at the playoffs. Now, Auburndale needs just one win in its final three games – its finale is at Tomahawk on Oct. 14.

“For our kids, to be 3-6 last year, we had a team meeting two days after last season and they said, ‘We don’t care what it takes, we’re going to get to the playoffs,’” Auburndale coach Eric Custer said. “They spent a lot of time in the weight room and the coaching staff has been a lot of late nights away from their families, but all the credit goes to these kids. They’re the ones doing the work. We’re excited. We have to win one game to be in the playoffs and that’s where we wanted to be.”

Auburndale moved the ball throughout the game but was stymied in the red zone three times. The Apaches’ first two drives ended inside the 10 on downs.

Pittsville didn’t move much on its first two possessions, but got things rolling in the second quarter.

The Panthers converted two third downs to keep the drive alive and ended up going 95 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown – a 7-yard pass from Luke Denniston to Aidan Masanz. The two connected again for a two-point conversion to put the Panthers up 8-0 with 3:07 to go in the half.

Auburndale returned the favor. Quickly.

On the Apaches’ second play following the kickoff, Ertl hauled in a bomb from Issacson, broke three tackles along the way, and scored from 65 yards out. However, the conversion run failed and Pittsville led 8-6 at the break.

After a scoreless third quarter, Auburndale mounted a drive to start the fourth, going 93 yards in nine plays before Hawkins hit Ertl on the option pass for the go-ahead score.

“We’ve been working on that halfback pass since the first day of camp,” Custer said. “Collin’s got a great arm, and I think he overthrew him by about five yards, but Cam made a heck of a play.”

Pittsville reached the Apaches’ 24 before turning it over on downs with 1:58 left.

Auburndale was forced to punt, but that ended up not turning out to be a bad thing.

Hawkins, the Apaches’ punter, took down a high snap and scampered left, picking up 10 yards and two inches, on the fourth-and-10 play, effectively ending the game.

“For record, I didn’t call a fake punt,” Custer joked. “That was probably one of the most heads-up plays I’ve ever seen a kid make. Knowing you have to get 10 yards, and you get 10.2 yards, literally by an inch, and you win the game. You have to give credit to the kids for grinding and finishing it off.”

Auburndale finished with 234 yards rushing on 48 carries, with Aaron Willfahrt leading the way with 112 yards on 19 carries.

Apaches 12, Panthers 8
Auburndale 0 6 0 6 – 12
Pittsville 0 8 0 0 – 8
Second Quarter

P – Aidan Masanz 7 pass from Luke Denniston (Masanz pass from Denniston), 3:07.
A – Cam Ertl 65 pass from Ryan Isaacson (run failed), 2:12.
Fourth Quarter
A – Ertl 40 pass from Collin Hawkins (pass failed), 8:38.
Team Statistics
First downs:
Auburndale 15; Pittsville 11
Rushing (att-yards): A 48-234; P 30-92.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): A 6-10-138-1; P 9-19-113-0.
Penalties (no.-yards): A 6-32; P 2-10.
Punting (no.-avg.): A 1-48.0; P 4-35.5.
Fumbles (total-lost): A 1-1; P 2-1.
Individual Statistics
A, Aaron Willfahrt 19-112, Jacob Peplinski 16-68, Collin Hawkins 9-45, Brandon Yahnke 3-11, Ryan Isaacson 1-minus 2. P, Kody Kauth 19-68, Joshua Zogleman 10-30, Luke Denniston 1-minus 6.
Passing: A, Isaacson 5-9-98-1, Hawkins 1-1-40-0. P, Denniston 9-19-113-0.
Receiving: A, Cam Ertl 2-105, Cale Jacoby 1-10, Peplinski 1-9, Colten Yeske 1-8, Willfahrt 1-5. P, Dakota Landphier 3-32, Bailey Herkert 2-17, Jake Neve 1-29, Kauth 1-18, Zogleman 1-10, Aidan Masanz 1-7.
Fumble recoveries (defense): A, Isaiah Hasenohrl. P, Kody Kauth.
Interceptions (defense): P, Bailey Herkert.
Punting: A, Hawkins 1-48.0. P, Kauth 4-35.5.
Records: Auburndale 3-3, 3-2 Marawood Conference; Pittsville 2-4, 2-3 Marawood Conference.

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Auburndale football dominates Phillips

Posted on 16 September 2016 by paul

This story is sponsored by Forward Financial Bank

AUBURNDALE – The Auburndale football team scored four first-half touchdowns and thoroughly dominated Phillips, winning 39-0 in a Marawood Conference football game Friday night at Auburndale High School.

The Apaches (2-3, 2-2 Marawood) held Phillips (0-5 overall and Marawood) to just 12 total yards and one first down, while racking up 337 rushing yards.

Aaron Willfahrt ran 21 times for 143 yards and quarterback Ryan Isaacson ran for two touchdowns and threw two others to Cam Ertl. Brandon Yahnke and Jake Peplinski also added a touchdown runs for Auburndale.

Phillips ended up with minus-18 yards rushing on 15 carries and ran only 29 plays in all as Auburndale’s defense was on top of its game, forcing five turnovers.

The Apaches play at Pittsville (2-3, 2-2 Marawood) next Friday at 7 p.m.

Apaches 39, Loggers 0
Phillips 0 0 0 0 – 0
Auburndale 14 13 6 6 – 39

First Quarter
A – Ryan Isaacson 1 run (Luke Olsen kick), 6:26.
A – Cam Ertl 23 pass from Isaacson (Olsen kick), 1:03.
Second Quarter
A – Jake Peplinski 2 run (kick missed), 9:16.
A – Ertl 27 pass from Isaacson (Olsen kick), 2:13.
Third Quarter
A – Brandon Yahnke 12 run (kick missed), 7:46.
Fourth Quarter
A – Isaacson 7 run (kick missed), 11:04.
Team Statistics
First downs:
Phillips 1; Auburndale 25.
Rushing (att-yards): P 15-minus 18; A 57-337.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): P 3-14-30-2; A 6-15-99-1.
Penalties (no.-yards): P 5-45; A 7-55.
Punting (no.-avg.): P 3-22.6; A none.
Fumbles (total-lost): P 4-3; A 0-0.
Individual Statistics
P, Dakota Olsen 1-4, Dakota Haberman 5-3, Brandon Huettl 3-minus 1, Tanner Riley 2-minus 1, Derek Petruzalek 4-minus 23. A, Aaron Willfahrt 21-143, Jake Peplinski 10-58, Isaiah Hasenohrl 10-52, Collin Hawkins 8-45, Brandon Yahnke 6-41, Ryan Isaacson 2-8.
Passing: P, Petruzalek 3-13-30-1, Dillon Geboy 0-1-0-1. A, Isaacson 5-14-80-1, Aaron Marth 1-1-19-0.
Receiving: P, Huettl 2-minus 3, Jacob Giannani 1-30. A, Cam Ertl 2-50, Cale Jacoby 2-19, Kyle Peterson 1-23, Willfahrt 1-11.
Interceptions (defense): P, Huettl. A, Ertl, Willfahrt.
Punting: P, Olson 3-22.6.
Records: Phillips 0-5 overall and Marawood Conference; Auburndale 2-3, 2-2 Marawood Conference.

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