Panthers crush Waupun, keep sole EWC lead


TYLER WILLEFORD, Plymouth fullback, races to the end zone for a 38-yard touchdown run in Friday night’s EWC football game at Waupun. — Photo by Clare Sedlacek TYLER WILLEFORD, Plymouth fullback, races to the end zone for a 38-yard touchdown run in Friday night’s EWC football game at Waupun. — Photo by Clare Sedlacek WAUPUN — The Plymouth Panthers continued their dominance in Eastern Wisconsin Conference football this season with a 56-7 thrashing of Waupun here Friday night.

PHS racked up 479 yards in total offense and held the Warriors to only 114, including just 3 rushing. The Panthers, who have won five in a row, upped their EWC-leading record to 4-0 (5-1 overall). Waupun fell to 0-4 in the league (0-6 overall).

The Panthers led only 14-7 with 3:34 left in the second quarter after the Warriors scored on a 10-yard TD pass from quarterback Arik Tavs to wide receiver Cody Mitchell.

PHS answered with two TDs in the final 1:40 of the first half to build a 28-7 halftime lead. Zac Cain threw a 42-yard scoring strike to fellow wideout Justin Picard with 1:40 left. Cain’s 5-yard TD catch from quarterback Kollin Neils with only two seconds remaining made it 28-7.


DOMINIC BOCCHINI of Plymouth attempts to elude a Waupun defender en route to a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown in Friday night’s EWC football game. — Photo by Clare Sedlacek DOMINIC BOCCHINI of Plymouth attempts to elude a Waupun defender en route to a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown in Friday night’s EWC football game. — Photo by Clare Sedlacek The Panthers busted the game open with 21 points in the third period, sparked by junior split end Dominic Bocchini scored two TDs on a 42-yard reception from Neils and a 70-yard punt return.

Junior fullback Tyler Willeford ignited the Panthers’ running game with a career-high 142 yards on 18 carries. Willeford scored the Panthers’ first two TDs on runs of 4 and 38 yards, respectively.

Bocchini led Plymouth’s receiving corps with a season-high 103 yards on four receptions.

Neils had a strong passing performance – completing 13 of 18 passes for 223 yards and two scores.

“I thought we started off a bit sloppy the first quarter and a half. We made to many mistakes and had lots of penalties. We maybe overlooked our opponent a bit,” said Panther head coach Dan Knaus.

“But with four minutes left in the second quarter and the score 14-7, we started to turn things around and played very well from there on out.

“I thought Tyler and Izack Ohman stepped up in the running game after Samuel Staehling got injured on the third play of the game. Tyler runs hard and Izack blocked very well.

“Dominic Bocchini gave us a huge lift in the second half,” Knaus said.

The PHS defense picked off three passes – one each by Bocchini, Collin Denzin and Brody Reichardt. Linebackers Willeford and Ben Albers led the Panthers in total tackles with eight each. Willeford had a team-high five solo stops.

“I thought the defense played very well with eight [quarterback] sacks and three interceptions against a wide-open team that has put points on the board all year,” Knaus said.

PLYMOUTH 56

WAUPUN 7

Ply Wau
First downs....................18 7
Rushing Yards..............223 3
Passing Yards..............256 111
Comp-Att-Int..........14-19-1 13-25-3
Penalties-Yards...........8-50 4-30
Punts-Averages............0-0 3-37
Fumbles-Lost……….....1-0 1-0
Score by Quarters
Plymouth….............14 14 21 7 – 56
Waupun......................0700–7
Scoring
Ply – Tyler Willeford 4 run (Jared Weinbauer kick)
Ply – Willeford 38 run (Weinbauer kick)
Wau – Cody Mitchell 10 pass from Arik
Tavs (Brady Stockwell)
Ply – Justin Picard 33 pass from Zac
Cain (Weinbauer kick)

Ply – Cain 5 pass from Kollin Neils
(Weinbauer kick)
Ply – Neils 3 run (Weinbauer kick)
Ply – Dominic Bocchini 42 pass from
Neils (Weinbauer kick)
Ply – Bocchini 70 punt return (Weinbauer
kick)
Ply – Trevor Miske 6 run (Weinbauer kick)
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Rushing – Plymouth, Tyler Willeford
18-142. Waupun, Adrian Harmsen 15-
45.
Passing – Plymouth, Kollin Neils 13-
18-1-223, Zac Cain 1-1-0-33. Waupun,
Arik Tavs 13-24-2-111.
Receiving – Plymouth, Dominic Bocchini 4-103, Cain 4-43, Justin Picard
2-36, Collin Denzin 2-29. Waupun,
Ryan Schmitt 4-36, Avery Armga 4-31.


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