Panthers crush NH, stay tied for EWC lead


JAROD HOLDRIDGE (42), Plymouth linebacker, tackles New Holstein quarterback Justin Weber for a loss in Friday night’s EWC football game. PHS linebacker Gabe Meyer closes in. — Photo by Clare Sedlacek JAROD HOLDRIDGE (42), Plymouth linebacker, tackles New Holstein quarterback Justin Weber for a loss in Friday night’s EWC football game. PHS linebacker Gabe Meyer closes in. — Photo by Clare Sedlacek PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Panthers rolled up 363 yards on offense and played tough defense en route to a 42-7 pummeling of New Holstein in football action Friday night at Finke Field.

PHS hiked its Eastern Wisconsin Conference record to 3-0 (4-1 overall). The Panthers, winners of four straight, share the EWC lead with Kewaskum (3-0, 5-0 overall). The Huskies fell to 0-3 in the league (1-4 overall).

Th Panthers rushed for 212 yards, led by junior tailback Samuel Staehling who had 146 on only 13 carries (11.2 average per carry). The speedy Staehling exploded for touchdown runs of 37 and 53 yards, and also had a 16- yard TD reception.

Sophomore quarterback Gavin Falk and senior wide receiver Zac Cain also enjoyed big nights for PHS. Cain caught four passes for an impressive 116 yards, including a 70-yard TD reception from Falk. Falk threw for 151 yards and two scores, and also ran for a pair of TDs.


GAVIN FALK, Plymouth quarterback, dives across the goal line for a touchdown in Friday night’s EWC football game versus New Holstein. — Photo by Clare Sedlacek GAVIN FALK, Plymouth quarterback, dives across the goal line for a touchdown in Friday night’s EWC football game versus New Holstein. — Photo by Clare Sedlacek The Panther defense surrendered just 199 yards and forced two turnovers.

“I thought the team played very well. We had a few players out with injury and I thought the team as a whole stepped up their level and got the job done,” said Panther head coach Dan Knaus.

“I thought we were able to mix the pass and the run very well which kept NH off balance. Defensively, we were able to shut down their running game and control the line of scrimmage.”

A key stretch occurred in the middle of the game. PHS took a 21-7 halftime lead on Falk’s 16- yard TD pass to Staehling on the final play of the first half. On the first play of the second half, Staehling raced 53 yards for a score to make it 28-7.

“I felt Gavin continues to grow as a quarterback. He threw the ball well and also added some nice runs to his game,” Knaus said.

“Zac Cain made some great catches and Samuel ran very hard.

“Defensively, Izack Ohman had a solid game, playing a new position [Mike - middle linebacker], filling in for Tyler Willeford, and Jared Holdridge did a nice job from his linebacker spot,” said the coach.

Ohman, a senior, led PHS in solo tackles with eight and total tackles, 12.

NEW HOLSTEIN 7

PLYMOUTH 42

NH Ply
First Downs….……...........9 11
Rushing Yards….……...126 212
Passing Yards.................73 151
Comp-Att-Int……......7-14-1 9-15-0
Penalties-Yards...........9-70 4-50
Punts-Averages...........6-25 3-33
Fumbles-Lost……….….1-1 0-0

Score by Quarters

NewHolstein...............07 007
Plymouth…................14 7 14 7 42

Scoring
Ply – Samuel Staehling 37 run (Jared Weinbauer kick)

Ply – Zac Cain 70 pass from Gavin Falk (Weinbauer kick)

NH – Josh Burg 20 pass from Justin Weber (Brady Halbach kick)

Ply – Staehling 16 pass from Falk (Weinbauer kick)

Ply – Staehling 53 run (Weinbauer kick)

Ply – Falk 5 run (Weinbauer kick)

Ply – Falk 29 run (Weinbauer kick)

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing – New Holstein, Dylan Guelig 10-36, Josh Burg 5-27. Plymouth, Samuel Staehling 13-146, Gavin Falk 6-52.

Passing – New Holstein, Justin Weber 5-12-1-70. Plymouth, Falk 9-15- 0-151.

Receiving – New Holstein, Burg 2-36, Guelig 2-19. Plymouth, Zac Cain 4-116, Staehling 2-24.


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