Meunier propels Raiders past Tigers

by Craig Hoffman Tri-County News


BRAD OLSON, Howards Grove running back, runs off tackle against Kiel in Friday night’s football game. — Photo by Mike Mathes, Tri-County News BRAD OLSON, Howards Grove running back, runs off tackle against Kiel in Friday night’s football game. — Photo by Mike Mathes, Tri-County News KIEL – Quarterback Jack Meunier ran for one touchdown and passed for another as the Kiel football team raised its record to 2-0 with a come-from-behind 16-6 nonconference win over Howards Grove Friday night at Fifrick Field.

Meunier’s 12-yard strike to Jesus Sandoval at 9:32 of the fourth quarter gave the Raiders a 9-6 lead and his 5-yard scamper with 2:22 left put the game away.

Kiel opened the scoring in the first quarter when Cameron Freund nailed a 22-yard field goal, his first of the year. Freund plays on Kiel’s soccer team and kicks for the football Raiders on Friday nights.

But the Tigers scored on the final play of the first half when quarterback Luke Stanczyk scored from 2 yards out. The extra-point kick was blocked but the Tigers took a 6-3 lead into the locker room at halftime.


LUKE STANCZYK, Howards Grove quarterback, scrambles for yardage during Friday’s football game against Kiel. — Photo by Mike Mathes, Tri-County News LUKE STANCZYK, Howards Grove quarterback, scrambles for yardage during Friday’s football game against Kiel. — Photo by Mike Mathes, Tri-County News The lead stood up until early in the fourth quarter when Meunier led Kiel on an eight-play, 81-yard scoring drive which culminated in the scoring strike to Sandoval.

Tiger head coach David Schmid was much happier with how his Tigers played this week over their season-opening loss to defending Division 6 state champion Shiocton the week prior.

“We had a much better week, offensively and defensively,” said Schmid whose team is 0-2.

“Obviously, we feel we match up better with Kiel than we did with defending state champ Shiocton. Our kids played their hearts out. Kiel made more plays than we did.”

Schmid said his teams’ tough early season schedule will make HGHS a better team:

“We play these tough nonconference games because it prepares us for conference play. We’re able to point out easier to our players what we’re trying to teach them when we play a Shiocton or Kiel.”

Meanwhile, Raider head coach Mike Dressler said his team just played harder after halftime.

“We made mental adjustments at halftime, not physical. Our guys just played harder,” said Dressler.

“Jack Meunier, once again, led us offensively, but coach (Trent) Agnew’s defense won this game for us.”

Meunier rushed for a gamehigh 126 yards. Stanczyk paced the Tigers’ ground game with 71 yards.

Howards continues with nonconference play on Friday when they play at Manitowoc Lutheran at 7 p.m. Kiel opens up Eastern Wisconsin Conference play Friday when they host arch-rival New Holstein at 7 p.m.

HOWARDS GROVE
6

KIEL
16

HG Kiel
First downs………….......17 12
Rushing Yards….……...157 224
Passing Yards.................51 51
Comp-Att-Int……......8-14-0 5-11-0
Penalties-Yards...........3-15 7-60
Punts-Averages...........4-33 3-33
Fumbles-Lost……….….2-2 0-0
Score by Quarters
HowardsGrove.........060 0–6
Kiel.............................3 00 13–16

Scoring
Kiel – FG Cameron Freund 22
HG – Luke Stanczyk 2 run (kick failed)
Kiel – Jesus Sandoval 12 pass from
Jack Meunier (pass failed)
Kiel – Meunier 5 run (Freund kick)

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing – Howards Grove, Luke Stanczyk 23-71, Brad Olson 13-48, Alex Strege 11-36. Kiel, Jack Meunier 17-126, Justin Bertram 12-71.

Passing – Howards Grove, Stanczyk 8-14-0-51. Kiel, Meunier 5-10-0-51.

Receiving – Howards Grove, Ethan Brinkman 3-18, Zach Fritz 2-13, Marcus Bohman 2-12. Kiel, Jesus Sandov_ al 2-26, Carter Voelker 1-14.


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