Bonduel defense grounds Chargers

Turnovers cost Witt-Birn 35 points
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Bonduel forced five turnovers and converted them all into points to beat Wittenberg-Birnamwood 62-14 in Central Wisconsin Conference-Large action Friday.

The Bears’ defense recorded two fumble recoveries and three interceptions, two of which they returned for touchdowns.

Jacob Banker intercepted a Trevor Groshek pass on fourth-and-6 and returned it 84 yards to close the first half. Isaac Banker added a 34-yard pick-6 to open the second half.

“Our goal is always to get better, and I think a difference maker in tonight’s game is how hard we prepared this week,” Bonduel head coach James Estrich said. “Defensively, they were aggressive tonight. They did a nice job executing and blocking on those interceptions so we could gain some yards.”

Isaac Garside scored three Bonduel touchdowns in the first half, including one set up by a Witt-Birn fumble.

Bonduel’s Elijah Mastey tallied two touchdowns. His first came on a 1-yard carry in the first quarter. Mastey found the end zone again from 1-yard out after an interception in the second quarter.

“It always feels great to put some points on the board,” Mastey said. “We practiced really hard this week; that was key for us. We’ve really tried to buckle down the past couple of weeks to become as strong of a team as possible and tonight it showed.”

Bonduel (6-1, 4-1 CWC) had 207 rushing yards on 37 carries. Witt-Birn (5-2, 3-2 CWC) rushed for 290 yards on 34 carries.

Bonduel quarterback Parker Bohm completed 6 of 9 passes for 106 yards. Groshek completed two of 11 passes for 10 yards for the Chargers.

The Chargers’ first touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 60-yard run by Dylan Sprague. The other came on a 1-yard run by Jacob Groshek with just over two minutes left to play.

Jack Stewart led Witt-Birn with 161 yards on 14 carries. Dylan Sprague had seven carries for 86 yards and one touchdown.
Isaac Boldt led the Bears rushing with 93 yards on four carries, followed by Mastey with 70 yards on 14 rushes.

Estrich attributed Bonduel’s strong performance in part to falling to Amherst (6-1, 5-0 CWC) two weeks ago.

“We had a good checkpoint after losing to Amherst that we’re not where we need to be,” he said. “So that’s been really fueling us going forward because if we hopefully come up against them again or a team of their level we need to be ready.”

Bonduel 62, Wittenberg-Birnamwood 14

Team 1 2 3 4 F

Bonduel 21 21 14 6 62

Wittenberg-Birnamwood 0 0 0 14 14

First quarter

B: Isaac Garside 17-yard reception from Parker Bohm (PAT good) 7-0 (8:53).

B: I. Garside 7-yard reception from Bohm (PAT good) 14-0 (5:54).

B: Elijah Mastey 1-yard run (PAT good) 21-0 (2:47).

Second quarter

B: I. Garside 22-yard reception from Bohm (PAT good) 28-0 (8:34).

B: Mastey 1-yard run (PAT good) 35-0 (2:09).

B: Jacob Banker 84-yard interception run (PAT good) 42-0 (0:05).

Third quarter

B: Isaac Banker 34-yard interception run (PAT good) 49-0 (8:39).

B: Jacob Giese 30-yard run (PAT good) 56-0 (0:28).

Fourth quarter

W-B: Dylan Sprague 60-yard run (PAT no good) 56-6 (10:36).

B: Isaac Boldt 71-yard run (conversion missed) 62-6 (6:44).

W-B: Jacob Groshek 1-yard run (conversion good) 62-14 (2:13).