Bears' solid first half is enough
Gerrard Diaz, email@example.com
The Bonduel High School football team was unstoppable in the first half of its 28-7 Central Wisconsin Conference-8 victory Friday over Weyauwega-Fremont.
The Bears took the opening drive 65 yards into the Indians’ end zone when Hunter VanderLinden, a 5-foot-10 junior running back, walked untouched into the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown.
On defense, Bonduel (4-2, 2-2 CWC-8) held Weyauwega-Fremont (1-5, 1-3 CWC-8) to -1 yards and a three-and-out on its first drive.
“I liked the way our kids played in the first half,” Bonduel coach James Westrich said. “Offensively, we executed. Defensively we didn’t give up big plays. We gave up some 5-yard routes and stuff like that, but we didn’t give up big plays and I was happy about that.”
Bonduel’s second drive also finished with VanderLinden in the end zone, this time on an 11-yard run. The drive lasted all of 1 minute, 11 seconds, thanks to a 61-yard dash by Hunter Berry.
“Our backs are doing a good job,” Westrich said. “Our line, if we sustain and give guys creases, they’ll make things happen.”
VanderLinden rushed for 131 yards on 22 carries. Berry had five touches for 69 yards. Danny Tauchen added 10 carries for 61 yards as the Bears finished with 301 yards rushing.
Leading 14-0, the Bears’ first play of the second quarter was a 56-yard touchdown pass from Colton Dobratz to Connor Rosin.
Weyauwega-Fremont’s next drive ended with Rosin, a 6-foot-1 junior safety/receiver, intercepting Weyauwega-Fremont quarterback Blake Hudziak’s pass. The Bears couldn’t take advantage, but held the Indians’ to a turnover-on-downs at the 50-yard line on their next possession.
After a Bonduel punt, W-F running back Adam Krause fumbled and Bonduel’s Dameon Dennison flopped on the ball at the Indians’ 16-yard line.
This time the Bears took advantage, scoring on a 15-yard Dobratz pass to Zach Zernicke for a 28-0 lead.
“(Dobratz) did a nice job stepping up into that pass,” Westrich said. “He’s doing a nice job for us and we hope he keeps getting better as the season goes on.”
Dobratz had four completions on 11 attempts for 71 yards. Rosin had two catches for 56 yards.
A fired up Indians squad started the second half with a 79-yard touchdown on a pass from Hudziak to Aaron Schroeder.
From there both offenses went dormant.
“In the second half, a lot of mistakes,” Westrich said. “Our defense gave up some plays. Not as good second half, but it was a good win.”
Bonduel held Weyauwega-Fremont to 44 yards rushing on 29 carries.