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Amherst bumps off Spencer/Columbus in WIAA Division 5 Level 2 playoff game

Posted on 28 October 2017 by paul

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AMHERST – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic football team had its superb 2017 season come to a crashing halt in the same way that it ended in the past two years – at the hands of Amherst.

Amherst cruised to a 49-18 victory over the Rockets in a WIAA Division 5 Level 2 football playoff game Friday night at Amherst High School.

The Falcons (10-1) move on to a Level 3 game Nov. 3 when they will host Stratford (9-2) at 7 p.m. Stratford knocked off No. 1 seed Stanley-Boyd 38-0 on Friday.

Spencer/Columbus finishes its season with a 9-2 record and suffered its third-straight playoff loss to Amherst. After losing the 2015 D-5 state championship to the Falcons, Spencer/Columbus was bumped out of the playoffs in Level 2 by Amherst last season as the Falcons were on their way to a second-straight state title.

“Amherst is still a top-notch team,” SC coach Jason Gorst said. “They are very good at what they do. I am proud of our guys, and especially our seniors. There are a lot of seniors around the state that wished they had the chance to be a part of 12 playoff games. We will miss them.”

Amherst quarterback Marcus Glodowski rushed for 277 yards and five touchdowns to lead the way for the Falcons. He had TD runs of 17, 79, 11, 65, and 14 yards in the win.

Glodowski had a 17-yard run to put Amherst up 8-0 early.

Spencer/Columbus countered when Hunter Luepke scampered 46 yards for a score, cutting the deficit to 8-6.

From there, it was all Amherst as the Falcons put up 28 unanswered points.

After an 85-yard kickoff return from Luepke, the Falcons scored two more touchdowns to put the game out of reach.

Luepke finished with 142 yards rushing and scored all three of the Rockets’ touchdowns. The senior and North Dakota State recruit finishes the season with 42 total touchdowns and 1,866 rushing yards.

In all, Amherst outgained the Rockets 491-194.

Falcons 49, Rockets 18
Spencer/Columbus 6 0 6 6 – 18
Amherst 8 21 20 0 – 49
First Quarter

A – Marcus Glodowski 17 run (Carter Zblweski run), 8:15.
SC – Hunter Luepke 46 run (run failed), 2:12.
Second Quarter
A – No. 35 (no name provided) 4 run (Zblweski kick), 4:19.
A – Glodowski 79 run (Zblweski kick), 0:53.
A – Glodowski 11 run (Zblweski kick), 0:04.
Third Quarter
A – Glodowski 65 run (Zblweski kick), 11:47.
SC – Luepke 85 kickoff return (run failed), 11:31.
A – No. 35 16 run (Zblweski kick), 8:46.
A – Glodowski 14 run (kick missed), 1:32.
Fourth Quarter
SC – Luepke 3 run (kick blocked), 6:26.
Team Statistics
First downs:
Spencer/Columbus 10; Amherst 19.
Rushing (att-yards): SC 32-184; A 38-395.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): SC 3-6-10-0; A 9-15-96-0.
Total yards: SC 194; A 491.
Penalties (no.-yards): SC 4-30; A 4-30.
Fumbles (total-lost): SC 1-1; A 0-0.
Punting (no.-avg.): SC 6-43.7; A 3-22.0.
Individual Statistics
Rushing:
SC, Hunter Luepke 17-142, Carson Hildebrandt 6-27, Hayden Bauman 5-22, Jarred Mandel 4-minus 7. A, Marcus Glodowski 18-277, No. 35 13-110, Carter Zblweski 2-5, Chris Anderson 1-4, Lincoln Cullen 1-0, Bryan Groshek 3-minus 1.
Passing: SC, Mandel 3-6-10-0. A, Glodowski 8-14-87-0, Cullen 1-1-9-0.
Receiving: SC, Hildebrandt 2-5, Bauman 1-5. A, Zblewski 3-22, Anderson 2-11, No. 10 1-11, Isaac Premus 1-34, Cole Van Nuys 1-9, Kadin Conradt 1-9.
Records: Spencer/Columbus 9-2; Amherst 10-1.

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2017 WIAA football playoffs, Level 2 scores

Posted on 22 October 2017 by paul

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The 2017 WIAA football playoffs continued Friday, Oct. 27, with Level 2 games in seven divisions.

Winners move on to Level 3 games on Nov. 3.

Here is a look at all of the state playoff scores:

2017 WIAA Football Playoffs
Level 2
All games Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.
Division 1

No. 1 Bay Port 57, No. 5 Stevens Point 51 (4 OT)
No. 2 Appleton North 45, No. 3 Neenah 7
No. 1 Kimberly 49, No. 4 Milwaukee Marquette 33
No. 2 Fond du Lac 17, No. 3 Hartland Arrowhead 14
No. 1 Sun Prairie 38, No. 5 Kettle Moraine 14
No. 3 Madison West 30, No. 2 Middleton 27
No. 4 Muskego 36, No. 1 Racine Horlick 15
No. 2 Franklin 24, No. 3 Lake Geneva 17
Division 2
No. 1 Menomonie 34, No. 4 Holmen 20
No. 2 Green Bay Southwest 27, No. 6 Pulaski 17
No. 1 Waunakee 28, No. 4 Slinger 7
No. 3 Hartford 31, No. 2 Menasha 28 (2 OT)
No. 1 Monona Grove 40, No. 4 Waterford 14
No. 2 Waukesha West 35, No. 3 Stoughton 0
No. 1 Brookfield Central 51, No. 5 Greenfield 7
No. 3 Brookfield East 28, No. 2 Mequon Homestead 23
Division 3
No. 1 Antigo 21, No. 4 West Salem 0
No. 2 Rice Lake 42, No. 3 Onalaska 13
No. 1 West De Pere 28, No. 5 Berlin 12
No. 3 Green Bay Notre Dame 12, No. 2 Kewaskum 7
No. 1 New Berlin Eisenhower 38, No. 4 Pewaukee 7
No. 2 Waukesha Catholic Memorial 26, No. 3 Mount Horeb/Barneveld 20
No. 1 Whitefish Bay 35, No. 4 Plymouth 0
No. 2 Greendale 42, No. 3 Whitnall 13
Division 4
No. 4 Bloomer 16, No. 1 Osceola 12
No. 2 St. Croix Central 28, No. 6 Northwestern 0
No. 1 Wrightstown 14, No. 4 Appleton Xavier 8
No. 2 Freedom 22, No. 3 Little Chute 12
No. 1 Lodi 47, No. 4 Platteville 21
No. 3 Lake Mills 30, No. 2 Racine St. Catherine’s 13
No. 4 Two Rivers 17, No. 1 Sheboygan Falls 14
No. 6 Greendale Martin Luther 34, No. 2 Kiel 28
Division 5
No. 1 Grantsburg 30, No. 5 Durand 20
No. 2 Elk Mound 33, No. 3 Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 6
No. 5 Stratford 38, No. 1 Stanley-Boyd 0
No. 2 Amherst 49, No. 3 Spencer/Columbus 18
No. 1 Clinton 28, No. 4 Prairie du Chien 6
No. 2 Lake Country Lutheran 44, No. 6 Westby 6
No. 1 Cedar Grove-Belgium 28, No. 5 New Holstein 18
No. 6 Valders 21, No. 7 Laconia 14
Division 6
No. 4 Unity 34, No. 1 Melrose-Mindoro 31
No. 3 Eau Claire Regis 25, No. 2 Spring Valley 6
No. 1 Iola-Scandinavia 59, No. 5 Crivitz 26
No. 2 Marathon 27, No. 6 Auburndale 6
No. 1 Markesan 15, No. 4 Fennimore 7
No. 3 Mineral Point 14, No. 2 Cuba City 7
No. 1 Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs 47, No. 5 Dodgeland 0
No. 2 Racine Lutheran 34, No. 3 Manitowoc Lutheran 23
Division 7
No. 1 Clear Lake 31, No. 5 Hurley 14
No. 3 Abbotsford 17, No. 2 Loyal 0
No. 1 Edgar 35, No. 4 Pittsville 0
No. 2 Bangor 60, No. 3 Independence/Gilmanton 6
No. 1 Black Hawk 68, No. 5 Iowa-Grant 15
No. 2 Potosi/Cassville 56, No. 3 Wauzeka-Steuben/Seneca 18
No. 1 Wild Rose 19, No. 5 Hilbert/Stockbridge 0
No. 2 Fall River 28, No. 3 Oshkosh Lourdes 25

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2017 WIAA football playoffs, Level 1 scores

Posted on 22 October 2017 by paul

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Play began in the 2017 WIAA football playoffs with Level 1 games in seven divisions on Oct. 20.

Winners move on to Level 2 games on Oct. 27.

Here is a look at the all the Level 1 scores:

2017 WIAA Football Playoffs
Level 1
All games Friday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
Division 1

No. 1 Bay Port 42, No. 8 Eau Claire Memorial 21
No. 5 Stevens Point 48, No. 4 Hudson 47 (OT)
No. 3 Neenah 30, No. 6 Wisconsin Rapids 7
No. 2 Appleton North 42, No. 7 Green Bay Preble 7
No. 1 Kimberly 49, No. 8 Milwaukee Riverside University/Golda Meir 8
No. 4 Milwaukee Marquette 56, No. 5 Oshkosh West 39
No. 3 Hartland Arrowhead 44, No. 6 Milwaukee Samuel Morse/Marshall/Carmen Northwest/Juneau/Languages 8
No. 2 Fond du Lac 42, No. 7 Milwaukee King 2
No. 1 Sun Prairie 35, No. 8 Madison Memorial 0
No. 5 Kettle Moraine 28, No. 4 Verona 19
No. 3 Madison West 21, No. 6 Sussex Hamilton 9
No. 2 Middleton 41, No. 7 Madison La Follette 8
No. 1 Racine Horlick 66, No. 8 Milwaukee Hamilton/Aubudon 8
No. 4 Muskego 42, No. 5 Oak Creek 7
No. 3 Lake Geneva Badger 42, No. 6 Kenosha Bradford/Reuther 26
No. 2 Franklin 45, No. 7 Janesville Craig 7
Division 2
No. 1 Menomonie 45, No. 8 La Crosse Central 14
No. 4 Holmen 34, No. 5 Marshfield 0
No. 6 Pulaski 40, No. 3 Appleton West 6
No. 2 Green Bay Southwest 44, No. 7 Ashwaubenon 12
No. 1 Waunakee 57, No. 8 Beaver Dam 0
No. 4 Slinger 20, No. 5 DeForest 7
No. 3 Hartford 38, No. 6 West Bend East 10
No. 2 Menasha 49, No. 7 Watertown 21
No. 1 Monona Grove 42, No. 8 Wilmot 12
No. 4 Waterford 28, No. 5 Burlington 27 (OT)
No. 3 Stoughton 28, No. 6 Oregon 7
No. 2 Waukesha West 42, No. 7 Germantown 21
No. 1 Brookfield Central 56, No. 8 Milwaukee Reagan 0
No. 5 Greenfield 34, No. 4 Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learning 7
No. 3 Brookfield East 35, No. 6 Menomonee Falls 0
No. 2 Mequon Homestead 41, No. 7 Milwaukee Washington/Academy of Science/Collegiate Academy 6
Division 3
No. 1 Antigo 48, No. 8 Medford 8
No. 4 West Salem 17, No. 5 New Richmond 14
No. 3 Onalaska 44, No. 6 Mosinee 21
No. 2 Rice Lake 35, No. 7 Merrill 7
No. 1 West De Pere 42, No. 8 Seymour 7
No. 5 Berlin 34, No. 4 Fox Valley Lutheran 27 (OT)
No. 3 Green Bay Notre Dame 33, No. 6 Luxemburg-Casco 13
No. 2 Kewaskum 46, No. 7 New London 6
No. 1 New Berlin Eisenhower 34, No. 8 Monroe 6
No. 4 Pewaukee 41, No. 5 Jefferson 21
No. 3 Mount Horeb/Barneveld 56, No. 6 Evansville/Albany 7
No. 2 Waukesha Catholic Memorial 42, No. 7 East Troy 20
No. 1 Whitefish Bay 43, No. 8 Milwaukee Lutheran 36
No. 4 Plymouth 47, No. 5 New Berlin West 21
No. 3 Whitnall 34, No. 6 Port Washington 14
No. 2 Greendale 35, No. 7 St. Francis 6
Division 4
No. 1 Osceola 49, No. 8 Nekoosa 20
No. 4 Bloomer 14, No. 5 Ellsworth 7
No. 6 Northwestern 29, No. 3 Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 17
No. 2 St. Croix Central 48, No. 7 Mauston 26
No. 1 Wrightstown 21, No. 8 Peshtigo 20
No. 4 Appleton Xavier 65, No. 5 Wautoma 34
No. 3 Little Chute 28, No. 6 Omro 6
No. 2 Freedom 49, No. 7 Winneconne 13
No. 1 Lodi 38, No. 8 Mayville 31
No. 4 Platteville 54, No. 5 Beloit Turner 42
No. 3 Lake Mills 42, No. 6 Lakeside Lutheran 26
No. 2 Racine St. Catherine’s 53, No. 7 River Valley 35
No. 1 Sheboygan Falls 54, No. 8 Milwaukee Obama SCTE 0
No. 4 Two Rivers 35, No. 5 Chilton 6
No. 6 Greendale Martin Luther 42, No. 3 University School of Milwaukee 7
No. 2 Kiel 41, No. 7 Kohler/Sheboygan Area Lutheran/Sheboygan County Christian 13
Division 5
No. 1 Grantsburg 44, No. 8 St. Croix Falls 0
No. 5 Durand 54, No. 4 Cumberland 34
No. 3 Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 26, No. 6 Spooner 16
No. 2 Elk Mound 21, No. 7 Mondovi 14
No. 1 Stanley-Boyd 42, No. 8 Wittenberg-Birnamwood 0
No. 5 Stratford 42, No. 4 Bonduel 19
No. 3 Spencer/Columbus 49, No. 6 Oconto 17
No. 2 Amherst 53, No. 7 Colby 6
No. 1 Clinton 42, No. 8 Brookfield Academy 3
No. 4 Prairie du Chien 36, No. 5 New Glarus/Monticello 14
No. 6 Westby 38, No. 3 Lancaster 29
No. 2 Lake Country Lutheran 44, No. 7 Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic Academy 14
No. 1 Cedar Grove-Belgium 35, No. 8 Horicon/Hustisford 7
No. 5 New Holstein 32, No. 4 Kewaunee 14
No. 6 Valders 41, No. 3 Howards Grove 14
No. 7 Laconia 26, No. 2 Southern Door 14
Division 6
No. 1 Melrose-Mindoro 38, No. 8 Lake Holcombe/Cornell 0
No. 4 Unity 20, No. 5 Webster 0
No. 3 Eau Claire Regis 50, No. 6 Fall Creek 15
No. 2 Spring Valley 58, No. 7 Whitehall 24
No. 1 Iola-Scandinavia 49, No. 8 Mishicot 7
No. 5 Crivitz 19, No. 4 Wabeno/Laona 6
No. 6 Auburndale 35, No. 3 Crandon 7
No. 2 Marathon 50, No. 7 Niagara/Goodman/Pembine 7
No. 1 Markesan 44, No. 8 Darlington 14
No. 4 Fennimore 15, No. 5 Pecatonia/Argyle 8
No. 3 Mineral Point 47, No. 6 Brookwood 28
No. 2 Cuba City 36, No. 7 Pardeeville 0
No. 1 Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs 62, No. 8 Reedsville 11
No. 5 Dodgeland 37, No. 4 Johnson Creek 28
No. 3 Manitowoc Lutheran 39, No. 6 Cambridge 14
No. 2 Racine Lutheran 69, No. 7 Belleville 7
Division 7
No. 1 Clear Lake 42, No. 8 Elmwood/Plum City 6
No. 5 Hurley 76, No. 4 Turtle Lake 44
No. 3 Abbotsford 48, No. 6 Frederic 6
No. 2 Loyal 28, No. 7 Owen-Withee 22
No. 1 Edgar 35, No. 8 Athens 0
No. 4 Pittsville 34, No. 5 Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 27
No. 3 Independence/Gilmanton 35, No. 6 Hillsboro 0
No. 2 Bangor 63, No. 7 Royall 6
No. 1 Black Hawk 68, No. 8 North Crawford 0
No. 5 Iowa-Grant 22, No. 4 Ithaca 13
No. 3 Wauzeka-Steuben/Seneca 16, No. 6 De Soto 0
No. 2 Potosi/Cassville 55, No. 7 River Ridge 10
No. 1 Wild Rose 49, No. 8 Cambria-Friesland 6
No. 5 Hilbert/Stockbridge 56, No. 4 Almond-Bancroft 13
No. 3 Oshkosh Lourdes 38, No. 6 Deerfield 20
No. 2 Fall River 41, No. 7 Tri-County 20

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Spencer/Columbus football whips Oconto in WIAA Division 5 Level 1 playoff

Posted on 20 October 2017 by paul

Spencer/Columbus linebacker Carson Hildebrandt (25) holds up the ball after recovering a fumble during the first quarter of the Rockets’ playoff win over Oconto on Friday at Spencer High School. Andres Rodriguez (24) and Nick Hutchison (55) look on for the Rockets. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Spencer/Columbus running back Hayden Bauman runs around the left end for a big run during the Rockets’ win over Oconto on Friday at Spencer High School. Bauman racked up 111 yards rushing for the Rockets. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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SPENCER – While Spencer/Columbus’ high-powered offense, led by senior running back Hunter Luepke, has earned much of the hype this season, the Rockets’ defense has been just as stellar.

Not much changed in the Rockets’ WIAA Division 5 Level 1 playoff on Friday night.

Luepke racked up six more touchdowns, giving him 39 this season, and the Spencer/Columbus defense allowed just 178 yards as the Rockets rolled to a 49-17 victory over Oconto at Spencer High School.

Spencer/Columbus (9-1) moves on to a Level 2 game at Amherst (9-1) on Oct. 27. This is the third-straight season the Rockets and Falcons will meet in the postseason. Amherst beat SC 42-0 in the Division 5 state championship game in 2015, and 42-14 in a Level 2 playoff game a year ago.

Spencer/Columbus’ defense allowed just seven first downs, with four of those coming on Oconto’s lone touchdown drive late in third quarter.

“The defense was stellar tonight,” SC coach Jason Gorst said. “I thought Coach (Todd) Hildebrandt put together a great game plan. Guys came out and executed it, very good tackling, and really got down and disruptive up front, and I thought our defensive backs really made plays.”

Senior safety Bubba Post made a number of big tackles on the outside to keep the Blue Devils from making a big play.

“He’s a heck of a ballplayer, a good senior football player,” Gorst said. “He didn’t get a ton of playing time early in the season, but he has a great attitude and sticks with it. He played a key role tonight. He’s a sure tackler, doesn’t matter the size of anybody, and made some really great open field tackles. I’m really proud of his effort and contribution tonight.”

Oconto’s defense proved to be a formidable foe early, holding Spencer/Columbus in check, however, the Blue Devils still couldn’t get off the field.

Luepke picked up a first down on a fourth-down fake punt to keep the first drive of the game alive. SC picked up two more first downs and eventually Luepke ran in from the 3 to culminate the 13-play, 72-yard drive that gobbled up the first 6:28 of the game.

Luepke scored again on the first play of the second quarter from 50 yards out on fourth-and-2, to put the Rockets up 14-0.

Oconto (7-3) got on the scoreboard with a safety after a dropped snap on a punt attempt by Luepke. It didn’t really matter.

Spencer/Columbus scored on five of its next six possessions. Luepke caught a 24-yard TD pass from Jarred Mandel to make it 21-2 at halftime.

Luepke, who finished with 260 rushing yards, added TD runs of 5 and 12 yards in the third quarter, and 59 yards early in the fourth.

Sophomore Hayden Bauman, who added 111 yards rushing in the win, capped the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run with 4:01 remaining.

Oconto’s Isaac Woller ran back the opening kickoff of the second half 90 yards for a touchdown, and the Blue Devils’ lone offensive points came on a 3-yard TD run from Bryce O’Connor on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Next up is the two-time defending Division 5 state champion Amherst. While the characters may be different, the Falcons are as potent as ever. Amherst won its playoff opener 53-6 over Colby on Friday.

“They run a similar scheme to what they have and we know the quality of program, the quality of the players and coaches over there, and have a lot of respect for them,” Gorst said.

Rockets 49, Blue Devils 17
Oconto 0 2 7 8 – 17
Spencer/Columbus 7 14 14 14 – 49
First Quarter

SC – Hunter Luepke 3 run (Evan Dieringer kick), 5:32.
Second Quarter
SC – Luepke 50 run (Dieringer kick), 11:49.
O – Safety, 4:51.
SC – Luepke 24 pass from Jarred Mandel (Dieringer kick), 2:29.
Third Quarter
O – Isaac Woller 90 kickoff return (Carson Moe kick), 11:46.
SC – Luepke 5 run (Dieringer kick), 8:29.
SC – Luepke 12 run (Dieringer kick), 2:20.
Fourth Quarter
O – Bryce O’Connor 3 run (Moe pass from Jake Krueger), 11:54.
SC – Luepke 59 run (Dieringer kick), 10:12.
SC – Hayden Bauman 14 run (Dieringer kick), 4:01.
Team Statistics
First downs:
Oconto 7; Spencer/Columbus 15.
Rushing (att-yards): O 27-87; SC 48-406.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): O 7-18-91-1; SC 5-12-134-0.
Total yards: O 178; SC 540.
Penalties (no.-yards): O 5-45; SC 8-63.
Fumbles (total-lost): O 1-1; SC 1-0.
Punting (no.-avg.): O 4-32.8; SC 1-40.0.
Individual Statistics
Rushing:
O, Zach Sherman 5-37, Bryce O’Connor 13-31, Isaac Woller 2-13, Carson Moe 2-5, Issac Diaz 2-3, Edwards Russell 1-0, Jake Krueger 2-minus 2. SC, Hunter Luepke 22-260, Hayden Bauman 13-111, Carson Hildebrandt 9-36, Austin Bacon 1-minus 1, Colton Schillinger 2-minus 2, Mandel 2-minus 8.
Passing: O, Krueger 7-18-91-1. SC, Mandel 5-12-134-0.
Receiving: O, Isaac Woller 2-33, O’Connor 1-24, Troy Wenzel 1-17, Sherman 1-7, Bennett Frazer 1-6, Evan Allan 1-4. SC, Bauman 2-71, Ethan Meece 1-35, Luepke 1-24, Hildebrandt 1-4.
Fumble recoveries (defense): SC, Hildebrandt.
Interceptions (defense): SC, Lukas Ellefson.
Punting: O, Sherman 4-32.8. SC, Luepke 1-40.0.
Records: Oconto 7-3; Spencer/Columbus 9-1.

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Spencer/Columbus football pulls past Glenwood City

Posted on 14 October 2017 by paul

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GLENWOOD CITY – The Spencer/Columbus offense, led by senior running back Hunter Luepke and a powerful offensive line, continued its assault with a 44-21 victory over Glenwood City in a nonconference football game Friday night at Glenwood City High School.

Luepke rushed 20 times for 235 yards and scored five touchdowns for the Rockets, who finish the regular season with an 8-1 record.

Luepke had a 71-yard touchdown run and Jarred Mandel threw a 56-yard TD pass to Hayden Bauman to put Spencer/Columbus up 14-0 after one quarter.

Glenwood City came back in the second with a pair of touchdowns and the Rockets led 20-13 at halftime before putting the game away.

Luepke had TD runs of 27, 68 and 2 yards, and Carson Hildebrandt added a 1-yard scoring run in the second half as Spencer/Columbus pulled away.

The Rockets piled up 555 total yards, 348 coming on the ground. Bauman had six touches (four carries and two receptions) for 182 yards, and Mandel threw for 207 yards in the victory.

“I was proud of our second-half effort,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said. “We came out and did not block or tackle well early. Glenwood City is a quality team and played hard all game. Jarred (Mandel) and Hayden (Bauman) really took a step forward tonight.”

Spencer/Columbus earned a No. 3 seed and hosts No. 6 Oconto in a WIAA Division 5 Level 1 playoff game Oct. 20 at Spencer High School. The winner faces either Amherst or Colby on Oct. 27.

Rockets 44, Hilltoppers 21
Spencer/Columbus 14 6 12 12 – 44
Glenwood City 0 13 0 8 – 21
First Quarter

SC – Hunter Luepke 71 run (Colton Schillinger kick), 7:55.
SC – Hayden Bauman 56 pass from Jarred Mandel (Co. Schillinger kick), 5:15.
Second Quarter
GC – Jake Nelson 7 pass from Pete Hill (Tucker Lagerstrom kick), 11:17.
GC – Nelson 71 run (kick blocked), 7:19.
SC – Luepke 5 run (kick failed), 6:33.
Third Quarter
SC – Luepke 27 run (conversion failed), 7:36.
SC – Luepke 68 run (kick failed), 3:33.
Fourth Quarter
SC – Luepke 2 run (kick failed), 7:33.
SC – Carson Hildebrandt 1 run (kick blocked), 5:13.
GC – Dakota Dean-Immerman 1 run (Dean-Immerman run), 1:38.
Team Statistics
First downs:
Spencer/Columbus 22; Glenwood City 14.
Rushing (att-yards): SC 36-348; GC 50-232.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): SC 7-14-207-2; GC 4-5-103-1.
Total yards: SC 555; GC 335.
Fumbles (total-lost): SC none; GC 2-2.
Penalties (no.-yards): SC 3-20; GC none.
Individual Statistics
Rushing:
SC, Hunter Luepke 20-235, Hayden Bauman 4-92, Carson Hildebrandt 7-31, Bubba Post 1-3, Austin Bacon 3-minus 2, Jarred Mandel 1-minus 11. GC, Jake Nelson 18-129, Jacob Kopacz 13-61, Dakota Dean-Immerman 15-39, Dan Loring 1-4, Carson Strong 1-0, Pete Hill 2-minus 1.
Passing: SC, Mandel 7-14-207-2. GC, Hill 4-5-41-1.
Receiving: SC, Hildebrandt 3-62, Bauman 2-90, Lukas Ellefson 1-37, Luepke 1-18. GC, Kopacz 2-25, Nelson 2-16.
Interceptions (defense): SC, Ethan Meece. GC, Nelson, Hill.
Punting: SC, Luepke 1-26.0. GC, No. 56 3-33.7.
Records: Spencer/Columbus Catholic 8-1; Glenwood City 4-5.

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Spencer/Columbus football pounds Altoona

Posted on 06 October 2017 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – Hunter Luepke scored seven touchdowns and the Spencer/Columbus football team rolled to a 54-0 win over Altoona on Friday night at Beell Stadium in Marshfield.

The homecoming game for Columbus Catholic High School was a rout from the start as the Rockets scored three touchdowns in the first quarter.

Spencer/Columbus is now 7-1 overall and in the Cloverbelt Conference. The game was the Rockets’ final conference game of the season. They will play a nonconference game at Glenwood City next Friday to wrap up its regular season.

Luepke rushed 11 times for 207 yards and scored on six of his carries, and also ran the opening kickoff back 80 yards for a score. Carson Hildebrandt added 108 yards rushing, and Colten Schillinger ran an interception back 50 yards for a score.

Complete statistics were not reported.

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Spencer/Columbus football beats Regis for fourth win in a row

Posted on 28 September 2017 by paul

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EAU CLAIRE – The Spencer/Columbus football team keeps on rolling.

The Rockets shut out Eau Claire Regis in the first half and went on to a 23-8 victory in a Cloverbelt Conference game Thursday at Carson Park. The win is Spencer/Columbus’ fourth in a row and it improves to 6-1 overall and in Cloverbelt play. Regis drops to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the conference.

“Regis was well-prepared and will be a good playoff team,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said. “I was happy with the way our guys played in some rough moments. Ethan’s (Meece) pick at the end of the half in the end zone was a huge momentum play. (Lineman) Logan (Zschernitz) had a great game on both sides of the ball. Hunter (Luepke) gave us a little extra and really created some yards after contact.”

Spencer/Columbus hosts Altoona in its Cloverbelt finale next Friday, Oct. 6, at Beell Stadium in Marshfield as part of the Columbus Catholic High School’s homecoming week. The Rockets finish the regular season Oct. 13 with a nonconference game at Glenwood City.

Hunter Luepke ran for 181 yards and scored all three Rockets’ touchdowns, and added a pair of two-point conversion runs in the win.

Luepke had TD runs of 5 and 2 yards in the first half, and scored conversions after each to put Spencer/Columbus up 16-0 at halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, Regis cut it to a one-possession game when Andrew Root scored from the 3 just 31 seconds into the fourth.

The Rockets held from there and Luepke added a 6-yard TD run late to ice it for SC.

Rockets 23, Ramblers 8
Spencer/Columbus 8 8 0 7 – 23
Eau Claire Regis 0 0 0 8 – 8
First Quarter

SC – Hunter Luepke 5 run (Luepke run), 4:35.
Second Quarter
SC – Luepke 2 run (Luepke run), 4:13.
Fourth Quarter
ECR – Andrew Root 3 run (Cade Osborn pass from Isaac Michels), 11:29.
SC – Luepke 6 run (Evan Dieringer kick).
Team Statistics
First downs:
Spencer/Columbus 21; Eau Claire Regis 12.
Rushing (att-yards): SC 51-267; ECR 33-69.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): SC 3-8-65-0; ECR 9-15-143-1.
Total yards: SC 332; ECR 212.
Fumbles (total-lost): SC none; ECR 1-1.
Penalties (no.-yards): SC 8-65; ECR 3-35.
Punting (no.-avg.): SC 4-28.0; ECR 4-33.5.
Individual Statistics
Rushing:
SC, Hunter Luepke 25-181, Carson Hildebrandt 14-37, Jacob Miller 9-33, Jarred Mandel 2-12, Hayden Bauman 1-4. ECR, Andrew Root 14-62, Nati Raehl 2-11, Hayden Reinders 4-11, Cade Osborn 3-9, Calvin Diaz 6-2, Tristan Root 2-minus 2.
Passing: SC, Mandel 3-8-65-0. ECR, Isaac Michels 8-11-108-0, Osborn 1-3-35-1, Ben Boda 0-1-0-0.
Receiving: SC, Hildebrandt 2-29, Lukas Ellefson 1-36. ECR, Raehl 6-129, Root 2-12, Ryan Diresi 1-2.
Interceptions (defense): SC, Ethan Meece.
Punting: SC, Luepke 3-28.0, Austin Bacon 1-28.0. ECR, Raehl 4-33.5.
Records: Spencer/Columbus 6-1 overall and Cloverbelt Conference; Eau Claire Regis 5-2, 4-2 Cloverbelt Conference.

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Luepke rushes for 249 yards, four TDs as Spencer/Columbus football rips Cadott

Posted on 22 September 2017 by paul

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CADOTT – Cadott struck first, but the Spencer/Columbus football team quickly imposed its well against the Hornets.

Spencer/Columbus ripped off 51-straight points and rolled to a 51-24 victory in a Cloverbelt Conference game Friday night at Cadott High School.

Coy Bowe hauled in a 71-yard touchdown pass from Michael Emery 2:59 into the game to put the Hornets (2-4 overall and Cloverbelt Conference) on top 8-0 following a two-point conversion.

It didn’t take long for the Rockets to retaliate.

Hunter Luepke ripped off a 62-yard run less than one minute later, added a 13-yard touchdown run 45 seconds after that, and Jarred Mandel threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Lukas Ellefson to put the Rockets (5-1 overall and Cloverbelt Conference) up 22-8 after one quarter.

Evan Dieringer kicked a 25-yard field goal, Luepke scored from 1 yard out, and Nate Karau returned an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter as the Rockets built a 37-8 lead by halftime.

“Credit to Cadott for a hard-fought game,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said. “They are an up-and-coming program that is on the verge of upsetting somebody. Their kids are playing hard, they are well-coached, and they have things going in the right direction.”

“Nate Karau had a great game on both sides of the ball,” Gorst said. “He was a game-changer tonight. Hunter had great vision and cut well.”

Luepke added an 84-yard touchdown run and Carson Hildbrandt scampered in from 42 yards away to finish the scoring for Spencer/Columbus in the third quarter.

Luepke finished with an astounding 249 yards rushing on just 11 carries.

Cadott scored twice in the fourth quarter.

Spencer/Columbus plays at Eau Claire Regis on Thursday, Sept. 28. The game, at Carson Park, begins at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com. Regis edged Colby in overtime on Friday, improving to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the Cloverbelt.

Rockets 51, Hornets 24
Spencer/Columbus 22 15 14 0 – 51
Cadott 8 0 0 16 – 24
First Quarter

C – Coy Bowe 71 pass from Michael Emery (Emery run), 9:01.
SC – Hunter Luepke 62 run (Luepke run), 8:11.
SC – Luepke 13 run (Evan Dieringer kick), 7:06.
SC – Lukas Ellefson 15 pass from Jarred Mandel (Dieringer kick), 3:08.
Second Quarter
SC – Dieringer 25 field goal, 12:00.
SC – Luepke 1 run (kick missed), 3:22.
SC – Nate Karau interception returned for touchdown (kick blocked), 1:44.
Third Quarter
SC – Luepke 84 run (Dieringer kick), 11:39.
SC – Carson Hildebrandt 42 run (Dieringer kick), 8:40.
C – Bailey Gillett 27 run (Kolton Dupey pass from Emery), 7:28.
C – Mitchell Hazard 37 pass from Bowe (Brady Carrell run), 1:14.
Team Statistics
First downs:
Spencer/Columbus 16; Cadott 21.
Rushing (att-yards): SC 29-349; C 40-167.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): SC 5-10-98-0; C 9-21-239-3.
Total yards: SC 447; C 406.
Penalties (no.-yards): SC 4-50; C 8-70.
Fumbles (total-lost): SC none; C 1-1.
Punting (no.-avg.): SC 2-36.0; C none.
Individual Statistics
Rushing:
SC, Hunter Luepke 11-249, Carson Hildebrandt 5-63, Jacob Miller 4-16, Zach Wheeler-Savoy 2-15, Andres Rodriguez 1-6, Colton Schillinger 1-3, Hayden Bauman 1-minus 3. C, Brady Carrell 6-55, Bailey Gillett 8-36, Nelson Wahl 2-18, Michael Emery 12-17, Kolton Dupey 4-17, Bennett Bowe 4-11, No. 15 (no name reported) 2-7, Coy Bowe 1-3, Brady Spaeth 1-3.
Passing: SC, Jarred Mandel 5-10-98-0. C, Emery 8-20-202-3, C. Bowe 1-1-37-0.
Receiving: SC, Miller 2-15, Ethan Meece 1-57, Lukas Ellefson 1-15, Bauman 1-11. C, C. Bowe 2-80, Mitchell Hazard 2-48, Dupey 2-27, Donovan Walters 1-44, Gillett 1-30, B. Bowe 1-10.
Interceptions (defense): SC, Nate Karau, Ellefson, Wheeler-Savoy.
Punting: SC, Co. Schillinger 1-37.0, Austin Bacon 1-35.0.
Records: Spencer/Columbus 5-1 overall and Cloverbelt Conference; Cadott 2-4 overall and Cloverbelt Conference.

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Explosive start lifts Spencer/Columbus football to rout of Colby

Posted on 15 September 2017 by paul

Spencer/Columbus fullback Carson Hildbrandt (25) leads the way for Jacob Miller on a big run during the first quarter of the Rockets’ 57-14 win over Colby on Friday night at Spencer High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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SPENCER – The high-octane Spencer/Columbus offense was on full display Friday night at Ted Fritsch Field.

After an interception on its first play, the Rockets need just 11 offensive plays to score four touchdowns and take control of the game as they cruised past previously unbeaten Colby 57-14 in a Cloverbelt Conference football game at Spencer High School.

Spencer/Columbus needed just five plays to drive 50 yards for its first score – a 3-yard run by Hunter Luepke.

Colby responded as Alex Schmitt returned the kickoff 59 yards to the 27 and the Hornets scored four plays later on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Christian Raasch to Lucas Bruesewitz.

From that point on, it was all Rockets.

Luepke raced 43 yards for a touchdown on SC’s first play after the kickoff, then after a three-and-out and a punt, Jacob Miller went 53 yards for another Rockets’ touchdown to put them up 22-6.

After another three-and-out by the SC defense, Jarred Mandel completed three passes for 50 yards, the final 10 going to Luepke for another touchdown and the Rockets (4-1 overall and Cloverbelt Conference) had a 29-6 lead after one quarter.

“I thought our guys got off to a real good start and overall played really well,” SC coach Jason Gorst said. “I thought we were really quick to the edge and the defense was swarming and hard-hitting all night long. It was a very good game.”

It was much the same for the Rockets in the second quarter as they scored on all three of their possessions.

Miller ran 57 yards for a touchdown, Luepke had a 29-yard touchdown run, and Carson Hildebrandt ran in from 5 yards out to put SC up 50-6 at halftime.

“Our game plan was to outside and we accomplished that,” Luepke said of the sweep plays that were working all night against the Hornets. “We got quite a bit of touchdowns on those plays. We always love starting quick.”

Hayden Bauman finished the scoring for the Rockets with a 55-yard scamper with 4:17 to go in the third quarter.

Miller finished with 138 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just four carries, Luepke added another 118 yards rushing on eight carries and also caught four passes for 87 yards and scored four times.

Spencer/Columbus’ defense was just as impressive, forcing two fumbles and holding Colby (4-1, 3-1 Cloverbelt Conference) to just 75 rushing yards on 27 carries.

“We are doing a couple of things different (with the sweep play) this year, blocking a little bit differently, so we looked at some film to see the way they (Colby) defended us last year,” Gorst said. “We tried to use our speed, we have that as an asset for us, and we blocked the edge pretty well.”

Spencer/Columbus hits the road for its next two games Sept. 22 at Cadott and Sept. 28 at Eau Claire Regis.

Rockets 57, Hornets 14
Colby 6 0 8 0 – 14
Spencer/Columbus 29 21 7 0 – 57
First Quarter

SC – Hunter Luepke 3 run (kick missed), 9:10.
C – Lucas Bruesewitz 9 pass from Christian Raasch (run failed), 7:27.
SC – Luepke 43 run (Jacob Miller run), 7:08.
SC – Miller 53 run (Luepke run), 5:19.
SC – Luepke 10 pass from Jarred Mandel (Evan Dieringer kick), 2:31.
Second Quarter
SC – Miller 57 run (Dieringer kick), 7:29.
SC – Luepke 29 run (Dieringer kick), 6:58.
SC – Carson Hildebrandt 5 run (Dieringer kick), 1:18.
Third Quarter
C – Gavino Lopez 3 run (Reece Kellnhofer pass from Raasch), 5:55.
SC – Hayden Bauman 55 run (Dieringer kick), 4:17.
Team Statistics
First downs:
Colby 7; Spencer/Columbus 12.
Rushing (att-yards): C 27-75; SC 31-306.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): C 7-17-127-0; SC 6-11-125-2.
Total yards: C 202; SC 431.
Penalties (no.-yards): C 7-45; SC 2-16.
Fumbles (total-lost): C 2-2; SC 1-0.
Punting (no.-avg.): C 6-28.8; SC none.
Individual Statistics
Rushing:
C, Gavino Lopez 8-39, Christian Raasch 5-20, Reece Kellnhofer 6-16, Kane Strassburger 8-0. SC, Jacob Miller 4-138, Hunter Luepke 8-118, Hayden Bauman 1-55, Zach Wheeler-Savoy 2-41, Colton Schillinger 5-26, Carson Hildebrandt 8-16, Will Schlafke 1-6, Bubba Post 1-4, Max McGiveron 1-2.
Passing: C, Raasch 7-17-127-0. SC, Jarred Mandel 6-11-125-2.
Receiving: C, Nathan Meyer 4-95, Harley Schmelzer 1-12, Alex Schmitt 1-11, Lucas Bruesewitz 1-9. SC, Luepke 4-87, Ethan Meece 1-27, Miller 1-11.
Fumble recoveries (defense): SC, Luepke, Logan Zschernitz.
Interceptions (defense): C, Meyer, Raasch.
Punting: C, Armando Campa Mata 6-28.8. SC, none.
Records: Colby 4-1, 3-1 Cloverbelt Conference; Spencer/Columbus 4-1 overall and Cloverbelt Conference.

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Spencer/Columbus football cruises past Neillsville/Granton

Posted on 09 September 2017 by paul

The Spencer/Columbus defense lines up for battle against Neillsville/Granton during the first quarter of Friday’s game at Spencer High School. The Rockets rolled to a 62-8 victory. (Photo by Steve Pilz/For MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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SPENCER – It probably wasn’t the best week to come to Spencer for a visiting football team.

A week after the Rockets stubbed their toe with five turnovers in a loss at Stanley-Boyd, it was the Neillsville/Granton football co-op that had the unfortunate task of visiting Spencer’s Ted Fritsch Field Friday night.

It didn’t end well for the Warriors.

Spencer/Columbus scored eight first half touchdowns, four by North Dakota State-bound senior running back Hunter Luepke, as the Rockets blasted the Warriors 62-8 in a Cloverbelt Conference game.

Carson Hildebrandt crashed in for six just 52 seconds into the game for an early SC lead. Jacob Miller scampered in from 30 yards out less than 4 minutes later before Luepke got in from the 3 for the first of his four scores. The Rockets led 24-0 after a quarter.

Three minutes into the second quarter Luepke snatched a shovel pass out of the air and deposited it into the end zone as well for an 11-yard interception return.

“It was my first time playing D-line this season,” grinned Luepke. “It was kind of interesting. I didn’t see it coming right away but I made the play.”

It was one of five interceptions by the Rockets. Lucas Ellefson had two and Karak Bushman and Ethan Meese also added picks.

Less than 2 minutes later, SC got a special teams score when speedy sophomore Hayden Bauman corralled a punt and hauled it 41 yards for a TD.

Luepke got two more rushing scores before the half – one of 10 yards and the other 33. He finished with 106 yards on just seven carries.

“We just need to be strong each week and keep on working guys in so guys can get some rest here and there,” Luepke said. “We practiced ball security all week and I think it paid off.”

The Rockets committed just one turnover, an inconsequential interception early in the second quarter.

Bauman put the finishing touches on the 56-point half by scooting in from the 5 with 3 seconds left in the half.

“I thought we played a very clean game,” SC coach Jason Gorst said. “We improved on some of our mistakes from last week and we played very hard tonight. We try and play smarter each and every week.”

After a scoreless third quarter and a running clock, Zach Wheeler-Savoy scored SC’s only second half touchdown on a 3-yard run 2½ minutes into the final quarter.

The Rockets put up 448 yards on the ground and 498 total yards in the win.

The Warriors provided the game’s final points when Matthew Friemoth scored on a 15-yard run.

Both Gorst and Luepke knew they had to go back to work pretty soon as undefeated Colby (4-0 overall, 3-0 Cloverbelt) heads to Spencer next Friday, Sept. 15, for a big conference showdown.

“We’ll have our hands full against Colby next week,” Gorst said. “They’re well coached. I truly believe they’re one of the better teams in Central Wisconsin. It’ a tough matchup.”

Rockets 62, Warriors 8
Neillsville/Granton 0 0 0 8 – 8
Spencer/Columbus 24 32 0 6 – 62
First Quarter
SC – Carson Hildebrandt 4 run (Bubba Post run), 11:08.
SC – Jacob Miller 30 run (Miller run good), 7:23.
SC – Hunter Luepke 3 run (Jared Mandel to Lucas Ellefson), 5:49.
Second Quarter
SC – Luepke 11 Interception return (kick failed), 9:18.
SC – Hayden Bauman 41 punt return (Caden Schillinger kick), 7:25.
SC – Luepke 10 run (kick failed), 4:14.
SC – Luepke 33 run (kick failed), 2:12.
SC – Bauman 5 run (Schillinger kick), 0:03.
Fourth Quarter
SC – Zach Wheeler-Savoy 3 run (kick blocked), 9:41.
NG – Matthew Friemoth 15 run (Thomas Friemoth run), 3:00.
Team Statistics
First downs: NG 10; SC 22
Rushing (att.-yards): NG 37-112; SC 41-448.
Passing (comp.-att.-yards-int.): NG 2-15-26-5; SC 4-8-50-1.
Penalties (no.-yards) NG 2-10; SC 3-35.
Fumbles (total-lost) NG 1-0; SC 0-0.
Individual Statistics
Rushing: N/G, Thomas Selk 12-33, Matthew Friemoth 2-32, Jonah Zoschke 3-23, Luke Mayer 11-23. SC, Luepke 7-106, Hildebrandt 4-71, Post 6-66, Miller 3-62, Bauman 6-48, Wheeler-Savoy 5-47, Andres Rodrieguz 7-25, Colten Schillinger 5-17, Karak Bushman 1-14, Mandel 1-4.
Passing: N/G, Monte Diestler 2-8-26-2, Lucas Mosely 0-6-0-3, Braden Trunkel 0-1-0-0. SC, Mandel 4-8-50-1.
Receiving: N/G, Hunter Hand 2-26. SC, Ellefson 2-19, Hildebrandt 1-17, Luepke 1-14.
Interceptions: N/G, Hand. SC, Ellefson 2, Luepke, Bushman, Ethan Meese.
Records: Neillsville/Granton 1-3 overall, 0-3 Cloverbelt; SC 3-1 overall, 3-1 Cloverbelt.

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