Staehling’s five TDs fuel Panthers’ rout

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

SAMUEL STAEHLING, Plymouth tailback, runs for 11 yards as Oostburg’s Brody Gatz (20) and Chris Brill close in during Friday’s football game. Plymouth’s Tyler Willeford (32) and Matt Olig look to block. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley SAMUEL STAEHLING, Plymouth tailback, runs for 11 yards as Oostburg’s Brody Gatz (20) and Chris Brill close in during Friday’s football game. Plymouth’s Tyler Willeford (32) and Matt Olig look to block. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH — Junior speedster Samuel Staehling had a career night in leading the Plymouth Panthers to a 49-0 thumping of Oostburg in a nonconference football game Friday night at Finke Field.

Staehling, a tailback and cornerback, scored an impressive five touchdowns – three on offense, one on an interception return and the other on a kickoff runback. He rushed for 107 yards on only six carries, highlighted by a 77-yard TD burst in the second quarter which gave PHS a 28-0 lead.

“Anytime you get five touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams, that’s a pretty good night,” said Panther head coach Dan Knaus whose team improved to 1-1.

“We were pretty efficient. We did exactly what we thought we could do. A couple times I was concerned on defense as we were a little soft on the pass,” said Knaus.

“The kids were pretty focused. We didn’t overlook them. We prepared well and the kids played well. We got a lot of kids opportunities and we got to look at a lot of juniors so we can evaluate them on film.”

The Panthers scored on their first possession when Staehling darted 15 yards into the end zone with 9:04 left in the first quarter. Jared Weinbauer added the first of his seven extra-point kicks which gave PHS a 7-0 lead.

The Flying Dutchmen (0-2) responded with a nice drive, keyed by junior quarterback Jacob Gross who completed three passes for 43 yards. Gross hit tight end Chris Brill for 17 yards to the Oostburg 38-yard line.

Two plays later, tight end Porter Gabrielse hauled in a 22-yarder from Gross which gave the Dutchmen the ball at the PHS 28. On fourth down and 5 at the 23, Gross, under a heavy pass rush, was picked off by Staehling who raced 80 yards for a TD at the 3:27 mark in the opening period which made it 14-0.

“Samuel’s pick-six was a huge turning point. We had given up a few passes and they were starting to get some confidence,” said Knaus.

The PHS defense then forced a three-and-out by Oostburg and the Panthers took over at the Dutchman 47 following a 26-yard punt. On the next play, sophomore quarterback Gavin Falk threw a 33-yard pass to junior wide receiver Jake Schneider to the 14.

The completion set up a 12-yard TD pass from Falk to senior wide receiver Zac Cain who used his 6-foot-4 frame to get position on the smaller defensive back in the right side of the end zone. The Panthers pushed their lead to 21-0 with 37 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Staehling’s 77-yard dash with 7:31 left in the second period came after Plymouth’s defense held on downs at its 23. Oostburg began the drive at its 41 after linebacker Nic Garofalo recovered a PHS fumble. A 15-yard pass-interference penalty against PHS keyed the Dutchmen’s possession.

PHS built a 35-0 halftime lead after Staehling’s 1-yard TD plunge with 4:55 left in the second quarter. Defensive end Ryan Brooks recovered an Oostburg fumble at the Dutchman 24 which led to the score. The key play in the possession was an 18-yard pass from Falk to halfback Tyler Willeford which gave the Panthers a first down at the 6.

Staehling returned the opening kickoff in the second half 85 yards to paydirt to make it 42-0.

Tailback Gabe Meyer’s 7-yard TD run with 1:24 left in the third period capped off the scoring.

The bigger, stronger Panthers dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. They racked up 363 yards on the ground and 437 in total offense. The PHS defense held the Dutchmen to only 93 total yards.

“Our line made a great push and big holes. They did a great job,” said Staehling.

“It was easy enough to get through the holes and I just needed to make a cut or two and then it was off to the races. This was the biggest night I’ve ever had.

“We played pretty good. We were a little soft at times on defense. The offense did good. We just need keep improving each week [on offense and defense],” said Staehling.

Knaus thought Falk played well filling for starting signal caller, senior Dominic Bocchini, who suffered a broken bone in a foot in the season opener against Kenosha Indian Trail. Bocchini will probably be sidelined for four weeks.

“I felt Gavin did a nice job. He played under control and showed good composure for a sophomore,” said Knaus.

“I thought Izack Ohman did a very nice job from his linebacker spot, and the offensive line played well – the starters and backups.

“Wins are always better than losses, but more importantly we played better [than in the opener] and the goal is to keep improving,” added Knaus.



Oost Ply
First Downs….……...........7 18
Rushing Yards….…….....36 363
Passing Yards.................57 74
Comp-Att-Int……......7-22-2 5-7-0
Penalties-Yards...........2-10 3-25
Punts-Averages...........6-30 1-34
Fumbles-Lost……….….2-1 2-2

Score by Quarters

Plymouth…..............21 14 14 0 49

Ply – Samuel Staehling 15 run (Jared
Weinbauer kick)
Ply – Staehling 80 interception return
(Weinbauer kick)
Ply – Zac Cain 12 pass from Gavin Falk
(Weinbauer kick)
Ply – Staehling 77 run (Weinbauer kick)
Ply – Staehling 1 run (Weinbauer kick)
Ply – Staehling 85 kickoff return (Weinbauer kick)
Ply – Gabe Meyer 7 run (Weinbauer


Rushing – Oostburg, Billy Adams 10-25. Plymouth, Samuel Staehling 6-107, Gabe Meyer 9-56, Kyle Theune 9-52.

Passing – Oostburg, Jacob Gross 7-22-2-57. Plymouth, Gavin Falk 5-7- 0-76.

Receiving – Oostburg, Porter Gabrielse 2-26. Plymouth, Tyler Willeford 2-27, Jake Schneider 1-33, Zac Cain 2_-_1_4.________________________

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