OPFB: Week 6 - Kimberly survives, Bay Port prevails + more highlights
It was a battle of undefeated teams in the Fox River Classic Conference, and even without their top offensive weapon, Bay Port was able to walk out with an unblemished 6-0 record.
The Pirates came back from a 21-14 deficit in the first half to win 35-21 over Notre Dame Academy. The win is their 6th straight over the Tritons.
Bay Port quarterback Isaac Krause lit up the scoreboard with three rushing touchdowns including a monster 80-yard touchdown run to cap off the first half. Turnovers played a major role in this game. Notre Dame turned the ball over four times on Friday night, and the Pirates were able to turn three of those four into points.
This is the most adversity Bay Port has faced all season long. The Tritons held the Pirates to just 35 total points, the fewest they’ve scored all year.
“We’re tough,” quarterback Isaac Krause said. “We can play through—down early, we came back. The first time we were down all year. We came back, and we were able to win. They’re [the team] great. I can’t say enough about them.”
Bay Port (6-0, 6-0 FRCC) will face another tough test in Week 7. They’re set to take on the only other undefeated team in the FRCC remain, Green Bay Southwest (6-0, 6-0 FRCC).
The Kimberly Papermakers have put the nation’s current longest win streak on the line every week this season but Friday night was its toughest test this season. Kimberly’s streak is now 62 straight wins after defeating Neenah 15-8 at Papermaker Stadium in Kimberly.
Kimberly got on the board first with a run by senior running back D.J. Stewart to take a 7-0 lead. But the Neenah Rockets answered. Senior quarterback Tommy Thomsen hit Spencer Schamens in stride for a 69-yard touchdown. Neenah then converted on the 2-point conversion to take an 8-7 lead.
The Neenah defense came up big before halftime. On fourth and 8, Kimberly quarterback Alec Rosner heaved it to the end zone to Zach Lechnir but Rockets senior cornerback Chris Keider pried it away for the interception. The 8-7 Neenah lead would remain until the fourth quarter.
Papermarkers go on a huge drive capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Stewart. Kimberly then went for two. Papermakers quarterback Alex Rosner threw back to senior Boyd Dietzen who slipped out to make the catch and take the 15-8 lead.
Neenah go the ball back with 4 minutes to play but the Rockets drive ends with an interception by Kimberly defensive back Nathan Endries. Kimberly would get a first down to ice the game continuing the win streak to 62 in a row.
Kimberly (6-0, 5-0 VFA-North) will face Appleton North (5-1, 5-1 VFA-North) next week in Kimberly for what should shake out to crown the conference champion.