Big first half keys Panthers’ rout

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


SAMUEL STAEHLING (above), Plymouth tailback, races past two Campbellsport defenders for a 25-yard run in the second quarter of Friday night’s football game. Gavin Falk (below), Plymouth quarterback, unleashes a 64- yard pass to Zac Cain for the Panthers’ first touchdown in Friday night’s football game. Campbellsport’s Alex Lutz pursues Falk. – Review photos by Greg Ceilley SAMUEL STAEHLING (above), Plymouth tailback, races past two Campbellsport defenders for a 25-yard run in the second quarter of Friday night’s football game. Gavin Falk (below), Plymouth quarterback, unleashes a 64- yard pass to Zac Cain for the Panthers’ first touchdown in Friday night’s football game. Campbellsport’s Alex Lutz pursues Falk. – Review photos by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Plymouth’s potent offense exploded for 42 first-half points as the Panthers trounced Campbellsport, 49-7, in an Eastern Wisconsin Conference football game Friday night at Finke Field.

The homecoming victory upped the Panthers’ EWC record tp 6-0 (7-1 overall) and kept them tied for first with Kewaskum. PHS will host Kewaskum Friday night in a showdown for the EWC title.

Junior tailback Samuel Staehling ran for a career-high 201 yards on only nine carries, including three touchdowns. Staehling’s impressive night was highlighted by TD dashes of 64 and 72 yards.

PHS, which racked up 414 yards in total offense, scored four TDs of 50 yards or more. Senior wide receiver Zac Cain hauled in a 64-yard TD strike from sophomore quarterback Gavin Falk for the game’s first score. Cain made a great move at the Cougars’ 45- yard line to elude a defender and then raced to paydirt.

Senior wideout Dominic Bocchini, who had been sidelined since the opener due to a broken foot, returned to action Friday and caught a 50-yard TD pass from Falk which gave PHS a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter. The score came on a flea-flicker play in which Staehling took a handoff from Falk and then pitched the ball back to Falk who threw downfield to a wide-open Bocchini.

The TD was part of a 28-point barrage in the second quarter as PHS built a 42-0 halftime lead.

Plymouth’s defense, which forced four turnovers – all on fumbles – scored the Panthers’ fi- nal TD which made it 49-0 late in the third quarter. Senior defensive lineman Nick Schultz recovered a fumble and returned it 84 yards for a score.

Senior linebacker Izack Ohman made two fumble recoveries for PHS. The other fumble recovery was by defensive back Alex Shutter.

Panther head coach Dan Knaus thought his team was focused well for the game, especially since it was Homecoming Week and there were some distractions associated with it.

“I was really pleased with the way we came out, were focused and took care of business right away in the first half,” said Knaus.

“You never expect it to be that easy but you prepare for it to be a tough game and you respect your opponent.

“This is a great win for the program and the team. Everyone deserves credit, including the scout team which helped us get prepared for the game,” said Knaus.

“I’m proud of us. We capitalized on their mistakes and played good football,” said Panther senior Matt Olig who helps anchor the offensive and defensive lines.

“It means a lot to me to back on the field. It felt good to get back into the end zone,” said Bocchini who also played cornerback.

“Our defense shut them down. We read their read-option really well. We go to the quarterback [Shaun Beisbier] before he could get it [pitch] off. We played a heck of a game.”

The PHS defense held the Cougars’ triple-option running attack in check most of the game.

“The defense flew to the ball and shut their running game down and caused turnovers on their option. We defended the run perfectly,” said Knaus.

Senior linebacker Tyler Willeford led PHS in total tackles with 16, including a team-high six solo stops. Junior linebacker Jared Holdridge made five solos and 15 total tackles.

Knaus said the offense executed very well.

“We have great athletes on the field and we try to get them in spaces and put them in positions to succeed,” he said.

The Cougars fell to 3-3 in the EWC (5-3 overall).

CAMPBELLSPORT 7

PLYMOUTH 49

Camp Ply
First Downs….…….........13 8
Rushing Yards….……...187 248
Passing Yards...............123 166
Comp-Att-Int……........6-8-0 7-8-0
Penalties-Yards..............1-5 2-10
Punts-Averages...........3-36 1-34
Fumbles-Lost……….….4-4 2-1

Score by Quarters

Campbellsport.............0 0077
Plymouth…................14287049

Scoring

Ply – Zac Cain 64 pass from Gavin Falk (Jared Weinbauer kick)

Ply – Samuel Staehling 64 run (Weinbauer kick)

Ply – Staehling 11 run (Weinbauer kick)

Ply – Dominic Bocchini 50 pass from Falk (Weinbauer kick)

Ply – Tyler Willeford 9 run (Weinbauer kick)

Ply – Staehling 72 run (Weinbauer kick)

Ply – Nick Schultz 84 fumble return (Weinbauer kick)

Camp – Trenton Buerger 59 run (Isaiah Fryman kick)

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing – Campbellsport, Trenton Buerger 4-67. Plymouth, Samuel Staehling 9-201, Gabe Meyer 8-28.

Passing – Campbellsport, Shaun Beisbier 6-8-0-123. Plymouth, Gavin Falk 7-8-0-166.

Receiving – Campbellsport, Buerger 2-66. Plymouth, Zac Cain 3-105. Dominic Bo chini 1-50.


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