Panthers’ attack dominates New Holstein

by Mark Sherry Tri-County News

NICK HILDEBRAND (right) and Cole Meyer of Plymouth tackle New Holstein quarterback Mark Sippel in Friday night’s EWC football game. — Photo by Mark Sherry, Tri-County News NICK HILDEBRAND (right) and Cole Meyer of Plymouth tackle New Holstein quarterback Mark Sippel in Friday night’s EWC football game. — Photo by Mark Sherry, Tri-County News NEW HOLSTEIN — Plymouth had its way on the ground and through the air Friday night, downing host New Holstein, 41-6, in an Eastern Wisconsin Conference football game.

Big plays contributed to a very balanced offensive attack for Plymouth, which finished with 220 yards rushing and 305 yards passing. PHS improved to 3-0 in the EWC (4-1 overall) and made it four straight wins. The Panthers shared the league lead with Kewaskum. The Huskies fell to 1-2 in the EWC (2-3 overall).

The aerial show was the more impressive of the two as senior quarterback Kollin Neils completed 16 of 18 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns, and he also ran for another. The passing yardage is a new school record for one game, breaking the old mark of 268 by Mitchell Adams in 2002.

“I felt the offense did an outstanding job of taking what the defense was giving us,” said PHS head coach Dan Knaus.

“We saw some matchups on the perimeter that we felt we could take advantage of and the kids executed well. Kollin threw the ball very well. The line gave him plenty of time and the receivers caught the ball well.”

Plymouth scored on its first four possessions to take a 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter as the game was never in doubt. The Panther defense, meanwhile, allowed the Huskies only two first downs in the first half.

One of three three-and-outs for the New Holstein offense in the first half came on the first possession of the game, and a short punt gave Plymouth the ball at the New Holstein 45-yard line. Plymouth had to convert a 4th-and-1 on that first possession but it did so and six plays later Neils hit Justin Picard on an 8-yard slant pattern for the score.

Jared Weinbauer booted the extra point and Plymouth already had all the points it would need to win as it took a 7-0 lead.

But the Panthers were far from done. Their next scoring drive was all of one play, with Neils hitting Domonic Bocchini for 45 yards and a TD.

The next time the Panthers touched the ball they had four plays of 10 or more yards until they faced a fourth-and-5 at the New Holstein 14-yard line. This time Neils threw to Zac Cain for 14 yards and a 21-0 lead.

Just minutes later, the Panthers had the ball again but, after a penalty, were at their own 14- yard line. It took them only four plays to cover

86 yards.

Neils completed a 36-yard pass to Cain, and on the next play Brad Trakel ran 42 yards for another TD and a 28-0 Plymouth lead at halftime.

With Plymouth receiving the opening kickoff of the second half, the Huskies hoped for a stop to try to get back in the game. Instead,

Plymouth’s Samuel Staehling took a handoff five plays into the drive and broke a 47-yard TD run. The extra point was blocked but Plymouth led 34-0.

The Panthers made it six scores in seven drives on their next possession. The key play on the drive was a 51-yard completion from Neils to Ben Albers, setting up a 7-yard touchdown run by Neils. Weinbauer booted the extra point and Plymouth led 41-0.

The running clock shortened the game after that. A Plymouth fumble in the fourth quarter gave New Holstein the ball at the Panther 36 and New Holstein moved in for its lone score against some of the Panther substitutes.

Kain was Neils’ favorite target in the game, catching four passes for 66 yards. Staehling’s long touchdown run helped him be Plymouth’s top rusher with 101 yards in 12 carries.

“Defensively, we were able to contain their running game , and forced them into down and distances that were in our favor,” said Knaus.

“Cody Hoffmann and Tyler Willeford played well from their linebacker positions.”

Willeford led PHS in total tackles with seven and Hoffmann had five.



Ply NH
First downs.…..................14 7
Rushing Yards….............220 116
Passing Yards.................305 40
Comp-Att-Int……......16-18-1 3-6-0
Penalties-Yards.............4-38 3-20
Fumbles-Lost………...…..1-1 1-0
Score by Quarters
Plymouth….............14 14 13 0 – 41
NewHolstein............0 0 06–6
Ply – Justin Picard 8 pass from Kollin Neils (Jared Weinbauer kick)
Ply – Dominic Bocchini 45 pass
from Neils (Weinbauer kick)
Ply – Zac Cain 14 pass from Neils
(Weinbauer kick)
Ply – Brad Trakel 42 run (Weinbauer kick)
Ply – Samuel Staehling 47 run (kick
Ply – Neils 7 run (Weinbauer kick)
NH – Aaron Schaefer 2 run (kick
Rushing – Plymouth, Samuel
Staehling 12-101, Brad Trakel 3-55.
New Holstein, Mark Sippel 6-50.
Passing – Plymouth, Kollin Neils
16-18-1-305. New Holstein, Sippel 3-6-
Receiving – Plymouth, Zac Cain
4-66, Trakel 3-63, Dominic Bocchini
2-55, Ben Albers 1-51. New Holstein,
Aaron Schaefer 2-22, Devon Olm 1-18.

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