Crivitz’s Ben Fischer blasts through a hole for a long run in the first quarter of Saturday’s home win over Wausaukee. <br><i>EagleHerald/Jody Korch</i>
Crivitz’s Ben Fischer blasts through a hole for a long run in the first quarter of Saturday’s home win over Wausaukee.
EagleHerald/Jody Korch
CRIVITZ - The rivalry game between Crivitz and Wausaukee was all in favor of the Wolverines as they beat the September heat and finished on top with a 55-6 victory.

With the temperatures in the mid-80s, the deep and well-conditioned Wolverines had their way on just about every play.

Ben Fischer started the game off with a 56-yard run to the Wausaukee 3 before being chased down by Beau DeLaet. Fischer punched it in on the next play to give Crivitz an 8-0 lead after he scored on a two-point conversion.

After starting on their own 35, DeLaet had an impressive 10-yard run on third and nine and Schlies followed that up with an 18-yard run on a reverse to get Wausaukee to the Crivitz 36.

Crivitz stuffed the threat after two short runs.

Wausaukee recovered a fumble three plays later, but was shut down on a three-and-out defensive stand.

Fischer took the punt and pitched it to freshman Kershaw Stumbris, who took it 81 yards for a touchdown to make it 16-0 with 6:25 left in the first.

"Kershaw looked great on the return and really had a strong day overall," Crivitz coach Jeff Ott said.

When the Rangers got the ball back again, the wheels began to fall off.

DeLaet, who had hurt his hand on the team's first series, was sidelined due to heat-stroke and Schlies also came up lame after a hit to the stomach.

Without a starting quarterback or top receiver, the Rangers fumbled and Crivitz recovered on Wausaukee's 25.

Three plays later, Wolverine quarterback Colton Lange hooked up with Jake Sawinski for a 15-yard touchdown pass to put Crivitz up 22-0.

It went from bad to worse for Wausaukee when starting running back Russell Smith and Connor Kempinski went down with injuries, depleting most of the Rangers' skill positions.

Schlies returned and played quarterback, but the overpowering Crivitz defense made life miserable for Wausaukee and finished the half with a 43-0 lead.

Stumbris returned another punt for a touchdown and both Fischer and Sam Banaszak had touchdown runs of 28 and 4 yards.

"I'm not a guy that makes excuses, but it's tough to do much of anything with several of our top guys getting hurt," Wausaukee coach Jared Deshane said. "Crivitz is a very good football team that you have to be at your best to beat."

The Ranger offense was able to score early in the fourth quarter on a drive that started on their own 30-yard line. After running and throwing well on the drive, Schlies punched in a touchdown from 3 yards out.

Fischer followed the touchdown with a kick return for a touchdown, his third score of the game.

Fischer finished with 106 yards rushing on just five carries.

"Ben played well in his limited time out there," Ott said. "We wanted to give our starters a little more time out there, but it was nice to see our second unit come in and do a nice job."

Nicholas Chapman added 38 yards rushing on three carries for the Wolverines and Stumbris had a strong game as a kick returner and quarterback.

Schlies led Wausaukee with 53 rushing yards on 13 carries and also threw for 26 yards on three completions.

Crivitz improves to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the M&O Conference while Wausaukee drops to 0-3 overall, 0-1 in the M&O.

"It's nice to start off the conference season with a win, no matter who you play," Ott said. "We have a tough battle against Suring next week and will be working hard all week to prepare for that."