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On this Saturday afternoon, the defense responded. So did the offense.
The Muskie defense allowed just 132 total yards while the offense piled up 450 yards in a 26-0 victory over
"Coming in, we had the attitude to not give him an inch,"
Wagner, a Kewaunee native, led the Muskie defensive attack with 10 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss. Senior safety Justin Medard (
The Eagles (1-6, 1-3 NAC) crossed midfield just twice in the entire game, and were never inside the Muskies' 40-yard line in the shutout.
"I was very pleased with how the defense responded from last week,"
Meanwhile, the Muskie offense surged for 19 points in the third quarter after a relatively quiet 7-point first half. Sophomore quarterback Jake Dworak (Denmark) tossed for 285 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Freshman running back Ben Duenas (Shiocton) paced the running game with 74 yards on just 14 carries, including a 33-yard burst in the fourth quarter.
"Offensively, we came out of the gates ready to roll and did some good things," Doherty said. "We had a dropped pass that hurt us and a turnover down near the goal line, but we came back out in the second half with the wind and made some nice reads."
Junior wide receiver Jake Heinemeyer (Shiocton) posted three receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns. On the Muskies' second offensive play from scrimmage, Dworak found Heinemeyer wide open down the left sideline for a 62-yard score to give
"We were able to spread them out, and the middle of the field was open on some 'sit routes,'" Heinemeyer said. "Jake found us and made the right reads. The first touchdown was a read route for me. I saw the safety rolled over and I figured I could go deep. I took a shot and it was open."
Heinemeyer also capped Muskie scoring, catching a 16-yard pass over the middle from Dworak with 16 second remaining in the third quarter.
Sophomore wide receiver Roberto Flores (
"Our receivers took the game into their hands, making first-down plays into big plays or touchdowns," Doherty said. "What that did was gave our offense more confidence and we ran the ball extremely well."
The offense fueled the attacking Muskie defense, which was all over the field, surrendering little ground to Benedictine's offense and harassing the Eagles' young quarterback, freshman Derek Hitt. Lakeland sacked Hitt four times and picked off three of his passes.
"We were able to rattle their quarterback," Wagner said. "We were stemming around and blitzing from all different angles. He wasn't really looking at the receivers, he seemed like he was worrying about the guys coming after him."
Defensive backs Mike Huber (Reedsburg) and Bryan Groshek (
Next Saturday, the Muskies head to