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Peshtigo’s Kyle Gokey returns a kickoff in the first half against Kewaunee Friday night at Bulldog Stadium. (Color reprints: www.ehextra.com)
EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Peshtigo’s Kyle Gokey returns a kickoff in the first half against Kewaunee Friday night at Bulldog Stadium. (Color reprints: www.ehextra.com)
EagleHerald sports writer
PESHTIGO — The Peshtigo Bulldogs fell to the Kewaunee Storm 52-0 Friday night.
Kewaunee used a balanced offensive attack and a suffocating defense to beat Peshtigo on a muggy night at Bulldog Stadium.
The Storm, state semi-finalists last year, showed why many picked them to win the Olympian-Packerland Large Conference.
Kewaunee quarterback Logan Brusky cut through the thick air for four touchdown passes, including two to Peter Metzler.
First-year head coach Eric Seyler said it was the little things.
“We had missed tackles, stuffed plays and missed blocks,” Seyler said, “not quite the right assignment.”
The Bulldogs stopped the Storm on fourth down each of their first two possessions, but a couple nice runs got Kewaunee inside the Bulldogs’ 10-yard line, and Lamarco Crawford opened the scoring with a tough 6-yard touchdown run. Crawford was met by a Bulldog defender at the 3-yard line but kept his feet moving. Crawford’s extra point was blocked by Drake Koenigs.
After Peshtigo turned the ball over on downs, Brusky rolled left and found an open Metzler, who streaked down the sideline for a 77-yard touchdown for the Storm. Crawford added the extra point.
Just over two minutes later, a long punt return by Kewaunee’s Josh Lamack was rewarded when Brusky found him in the flat for a 9-yard touchdown reception. The extra point gave the Storm a 20-0 lead.
A rainbow pass from Brusky to Dalton Karl got Kewaunee back into the red zone and Austin Kassner punched in a 5-yard touchdown, but the point after was blocked again.
After a three-and-out the Storm got the ball back at their own 49-yard line. After first downs on the first two plays of the drive, Brusky hooked up with Metzler again from 16 yards out. Crawford’s extra point made it 33-0 going into the half.
The Storm picked up where they left off to start the second half. A 7-play drive was capped by a 4-yard touchdown reception by Wes Gallenberger, but the Bulldogs blocked their third extra point of the night.
Metzler then returned a punt to Bulldog 10-yard line, and Kassner scored his second 5-yard touchdown of the game to make it 45-0.
Kewaunee’s Travis Squires scored on a touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
Peshtigo quarterback Justin Thill entered the game late and led a 12-play drive that ended just short of the end zone in the closing seconds of the game.
The game was the first extended time for many of the Peshtigo players.
“A lot of guys haven’t seen major time,” Seyler said, “So it was kind of a baptism-by-fire. We’re definitely better than the score showed.”
He added, “We’re definitely better than the score showed.”