Stanczyk leads Tigers to Homecoming rout

by Matt Kraus Review Co respondent

HOWARDS GROVE – On a windy and rainy Friday night, senior quarterback Luke Stanczyk overcame an interception on the Howards Grove Tigers’ opening drive to lead them to a 30-0 Homecoming victory over the Oostburg Flying Dutchmen.

The Tigers improved to 2-1 in Central Lakeshore Conference football play (3-4 overall), while Oostburg fell to 1-3 (2-5 overall).

Stanczyk accounted for 173 yards of offense, including 89 yards passing and 84 rushing, while rushing for two touchdowns.

Tiger head coach David Schmid was complimentary of Stanczyk.

“Luke has been a great leader for us this year on both offense and defense,” said Schmid.

“He made great decisions on his running. His passes, especially in the first half, were some of his best this season.”

While Stancyzk was leading the Tigers’ offense, the Howards defense rose to the occasion and held the Flying Dutchmen to 77 total yards. Jonah Gerber contributed to the Tigers’ scoring in the second quarter, by returning an interception 48 yards for a touchdown. The score gave Howards a 14-0 lead.

“It was really a complete team effort. We were short on the offen- sive and defensive lines due to injury and everyone stepped up their game,” said Schmid.

“They played hard and smart, and as a team – trusting in each other to get their job done and it paid off.

Stancyzk opened the scoring for the Tigers on a 1-yard sneak to conclude a 40-yard drive. The drive was highlighted by two pass plays of more than 20 yards. A 25- yard completion from Stanczyk to Zach Fritz on a second-and-21 play gave HGHS the ball at the Oostburg 21.

Two plays later, Stanzcyk connected with Gerber on a 20-yard completion to the 1.

Stanczyck’s touchdown run followed, giving Howards a 7-0 lead.

Stanczyk’s second score came on a 39-yard run with 10:16 remaining in the fourth quarter. The extra-point conversion failed but the Tigers led 27-0.

Fullback Brad Olson received special accolades from Schmid.

“Brad really brings a pop when he blocks. He doesn’t get a lot of carries but a lot of Luke’s yards were a direct result of Brad’s blocking. His block on a toss that sprung Alex Strege for a big gain was the best one I’ve seen this season,” said the coach.

Ethan Brinkman and Ryan Stauber contributed to Howards’ scoring. Brinkman’s 33-yard score came on a wide receiver reverse in the third quarter. Stauber kicked a 24-yard field goal to conclude the Tigers scoring with 3:01 remaining in the game.

OOSTBURG 0

HOWARDS GROVE 30

Oost HG
First downs………….........5 18
Rushing Yards….…….....61 205
Passing Yards.................16 89
Comp-Att-Int……..…..2-5-1 6-10-1
Penalties-Yards...........5-35 3-20
Punts-Averages...........4-30 0-0
Fumbles-Lost……….….0-0 1-1

Score by Quarters
Oostburg........................0000– 0
HowardsGrove..............7779–30

Scoring

HG – Luke Stanczyk 1 run (Ryan Stauber kick)

HG – Jonah Gerber 48 interception return (Stauber kick)

HG – Ethan Brinkman 33 run (Stauber kick)

HG – Stancyzk 39 run (Kick failed)

HG – FG Stauber 24

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing – Oostburg, Billy Adams 8-29, Brody Gatz 10-26. Howards Grove, Luke Stanczyk 15-84, Alex Strege 18-40, Ethan Brinkman 1-33.

Passing – Oostburg, Jacob Gross 2-4-1-16. Howards Grove, Luke Stanczyk 6-10-1-89.

Receiving – Oostburg, Brody Gatz 1-12. Howards Grove, Zach Fritz 2-38, Ethan Brinkman 2-26, Jonah Gerber 1_-_2_2.________________________


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