Falcons celebrate Homecoming in style

Falls squad cruises past Roncalli to sustain unblemished record
by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


SEAN MATTEK (5) of Sheboygan Falls breaks into the open field on a 62-yard touchdown run behind a block from Dustin Setzer (32), during an Eastern Wisconsin Conference football contest against Manitowoc Roncalli Friday, Sept. 18, in Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman SEAN MATTEK (5) of Sheboygan Falls breaks into the open field on a 62-yard touchdown run behind a block from Dustin Setzer (32), during an Eastern Wisconsin Conference football contest against Manitowoc Roncalli Friday, Sept. 18, in Sheboygan Falls. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman The Sheboygan Falls offense cashed in on its own Homecoming party with five touchdowns and two field goals to highlight a 41-7 romp over Eastern Wisconsin Conference football foe Manitowoc Roncalli Friday, Sept. 18 at Zell Field.

Falls senior back Sean Mattek rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns, while senior quarterback Ryan Schmitt threw for 128 yards and tossed two touchdown passes.

Senior Josh Becker ran for another touchdown and senior kicker Tyler Beeck booted two field goals with five extra points to lead the Falcons to victory.

Falls controlled the game on both sides of the ball with 407 yards of total offense, while the Falcons’ defense allowed just one first down through the first three quarters and five yards rushing.

With the victory, the Falcons rolled to 3-0 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference (5-0 overall) for the first time since the 2000 state championship season.

“We came out and dominated tonight,” said Falcons’ head coach Brian Berlin. “We wanted to make an early statement. This group of kids pushed each other hard this last week.”

It was evident from the game’s first play, Falls wanted to make a statement.

Mattek raced through the Jets’ defense on a 62-yard touchdown run behind a big block from senior Dustin Setzer on the first play from scrimmage just 19 seconds into the first quarter. Senior Tyler Beeck added the extra point to put the Falcons on top 7-0.

The Falcons’ defense then forced a Roncalli punt to set up the another scoring opportunity.

Mattek capped off a 9-play drive with a 31-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-0 after Beeck’s kick with 5:40 left in the first quarter.

Schmitt connected with junior Lucas Kaland on a 65-yard catch and run for a touchdown in the second quarter with 9:47 on the clock.

Kaland faked out the defender and scampered down the sidelines while Beeck booted the extra point to vault the Falcons to a 21-0 lead.

On the Jets next first play of the second quarter, Falls junior defender Cody Struebing’s interception set up a 33-yard field goal by Beeck for a 24-0 lead.

On the next Falcons’ possession, Schmitt led a short 49- yard 7-play touchdown drive right before the end of the first half.

First, Schmitt found Becker for 12 yards and then he hit senior Austin Madden for 11 more.

Schmitt finished the drive by tossing a strike to senior end Austin Elsing for 19-yard touchdown. Elsing made a diving catch on the play before Beeck made it 31-0 at halftime with another PAT.

Meanwhile, the Falcons defense kept the pressure on and finished off the half allowing just one first down and registering three sacks from junior Jared Tenpas.

“Our defensive group pushes each other hard every day in practice from start to finish,” said Tenpas. “It’s a fun feeling making sacks.”

Beeck added another 26-yard field goal to his resume after a long 12-play drive in the third quarter to extend the Falcons’ lead to 34-0.

Becker scored the final touchdown on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter to build the lead to 41-0 after Beeck’s kick with 10:31 left in the fourth quarter.

“We want the conference to know we’re a contender,” Berlin stated. “Before tonight, there were four undefeated teams, now there are two. We’re not going to take any game for granted. Next week’s opponent, Two Rivers, has a good passing game. We have to be ready.”

Roncalli added a late touchdown on 5-yard run from Ryan Rank set up by a 55-yard run from Colton Swetlik.

It was fourth game this season that the Falcons have scored more than 40 points and it also was the fourth time this season that a game has finished with a continuously running clock in the second half.

So far this season, Falls has outscored its opponents by a score 216-43 in the first five games.

Mattek has scored 14 touchdowns and Schmitt has six passing touchdowns so far this season.


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