Timberjacks taste defeat
Blocked field goal leads to winning touchdown
Sunday, August 25, 2013 7:00 PM
TRENTON, Wis. - The M&M Timberjacks tempted fate with a flurry of turnovers and the Washington Untouchables made them pay Saturday.
The Untouchables took advantage of four turnovers, including a game-deciding blocked field goal and race to the end zone, to hand the M&M team its first loss of the season with a 40-34 win.
The T-Jacks were in control of the game with a 27-6 lead late in the second quarter when the bottom fell out.
The Timberjacks were going for the lead when Scott Merzlicker lined up for a 38-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter with the game knotted at 34.
After smothering the kick, the ball bounced into the hands of an Untouchable who raced 70 yards to paydirt for the winning margin.
"We had a breakdown in protection and their guy made one heck of a play and got a lucky bounce into his lap," coach Joe Plautz explained.
The Timberjacks jumped out to a 13-0 lead on Nico Fulsom's 1-yard run in the first quarter, followed by Merzlicker's extra point, and Mike Hansen's 1-yard run early in he second quarter.
The Untouchables returned a punt for a touchdown to cut the lead to 13-6 before Ryan LaCount scored on an 8-yard run. Merzlicker's kick gave the Timberjacks a 20-6 lead.
Hansen stretched the lead to 21 points with a 4-yard run and Merlicker added his third PAT.
Washington County chipped the lead to 27-13 heading into halftime on a TD pass from Alex Griepentrog to Stuart Johnson.
Earl Uhl finished off a third-quarter Timberjacks' drive with a 1-yard plunge, and Merzlicker's kick gave the T-Jacks a 34-12 lead.
Griepentrog set off a string of four unanswered Untouchables touchdowns with TD pass in the third quarter and the Washington County QB opened the fourth quarter with 1-yard scoring burst.
Griepentrog pulled his team even with a scoring pass to Ben Fabian.
"We started out pretty well," said Plautz. "We didn't bring the same intensity in the second half. We are only half way into the season and we still control our own destiny.
"I expect us to respond to that opportunity. Hats off to the Untouchables for playing a full 60 minutes and rallying past us."
The Timberjacks gashed Washington County (4-2) for 315 rushing yards, led by LaCount's 225 yards on 23 carries. LaCount also had a 47-yard kick return.
Fulsom had 49 yards on nine carries and had a 32-yard kick return.
The T-Jacks completed just 2 of 9 passes, with LaCount connecting on a 39-yard pass to Hansen.
Eric Krautkramer turned in a monster game for the Timberjacks with 11 solo tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack. Four of his solo stops were on special teams.
Josh Payne collected six solo tackles, three assists and a sack and Fulsom had for solos, two pass deflections and a tackle for a loss.
Ryan Wortner picked off a pass and Joe Wortner recovered a fumble.
The Timberjacks (4-1) play host to the Tri-City Bulldogs Sept. 7 after their bye weekend.
M&M Timberjacks 4-1
Door County Destroyers 3-2
Outagamie County Outlaws 2-3