September 30, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
ELGIN — Senior Andrew Fangman showed all who could see that he can carry a team to victory.
The 178-pound senior scored five touchdowns Thursday night to lead the Wolfpack to a 36 to 14 victory over Clearwater/Orchard.
The Wolfpack tore up the field, literally and figuratively, to hand the Cyclones their second loss of the season. By the end of the game, the Wolfpack were battered and bruised, and victorious, raising their record to 3-1 at the midway point of the regular season.
Leading by two scores to start the second half, Coach Eisenhauer’s halftime blocking adjustments worked as the Wolfpack were able to sustain drives by running the ball at the Cyclones.
Chad Bode stuffed out the Cyclones’ first drive of the se-cond half with an interception of a Zach Martin pass deep in Wolfpack territory.
On EPPJ’s ensuing possession, Fangman carried the ball all but two plays in a nine-play drive that ended in the endzone with a one-yard touchdown by the senior. Three plays later the Wolfpack had the ball back in their possession, thanks to a Dylan Behnk interception giving EPPJ the ball on the Cyclones’ 15-yard line.
Again, Clearwater-Orchard knew Fangman was going to get the ball, but they could not stop him. Four plays later, Fangman scored again, this time from four yards out. Seth Schumacher then connected with Behnk for the two-point conversion, making the score 28 to 8.
The Cyclones answered back with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Martin to Kerkman, cutting the score to 28 to 14.
Then, after the Cyclones recovered a fumble, the Wolfpack defense rose to the occasion. A quarterback sack by Behnk, then Bode’ break-up of a pass on fourth down, gave the ball back to the Wolfpack.
Following a 17-yard strike from Schumacher to Behnk, the Wolfpack went back to the running game.
With the defense keying on Fangman, fullback Kyle Kallhoff had some big gains up the middle. Fangman’s last touchdown, on a seven-yard run with 3:54 left in the game sealed the victory.
In the first half, the teams took each other’s best shots in a defensive slugfest which featured just three touchdowns.
The Wolfpack took the opening kickoff and went 65 yards in 12 plays.
Schumacher got the Wolfpack going with a 25-yard run on the game’s second play, putting the ball near midfield. Running plays by Fangman and Bode helped move the ball to the 10-yard line. Then, on the fourth consecutive play where Fangman carried the ball, he found the endzone from three yards out.
The Cyclones answered right back. Coach Jeff Shabram’s plan of attack was to mix runs in with short passes. Creston Bertschinger ripped off a 34-yard run to push the ball into Wolfpack territory. Quarterback Zach Martin then got the Cyclones on the board four plays later when he hooked up with Kerkman for the first of two touchdowns from the combination, this one from eight yards out.
The teams traded possesions for much of the remainder of the first half as both teams found moving the ball difficult.
A quarterback sack by Kallhoff helped set up the Wolfpack second touchdown of the first half.
Forced to punt, the Cyclones had the Wolfpack back on their 23-yard line.
Fangman flipped the field in one play. Running to his right, then cutting up field, the running back did his best “Reggie Bush” impersonation towards the end of a 26-yard run, stopping and starting as Cyclone defenders slipped by. With the ball on the 26-yard line, EPPJ was flagged for holding. Pushed back to near midfield, Kallhoff bulled his way through the line for nine yards and 15 more were added with a face mask penalty against the Cyclones.
With the ball on the 16-yard line, Fangman needed just four carries to score his second touchdown on the night, this time from three yards out.
The Cyclones mounted one last drive before halftime, but the clock expired with the ball on the EPPJ 24-yard line, setting the stage for the Wolfpack’s second half surge.
Fangman led the Wolfpack with 164 yards rushing on 36 carries. He led a rushing attack that finished with 282 yards rushing. Behnk led receivers with four catches for 56 yards.
On defense, EPPJ was led by Scott Moser with 12 tackles.
The Wolfpack will next be in action Thursday night at North Central. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.
Wolfpack 36, Cyclones 14
Cyclones………..8 0 6 0 — 14
Wolfpack………..8 6 14 8 — 36
EPPJ — Andrew Fangman 3 run (PAT good)
C-O — Zach Martin 8 pass to Andy Kerkman (Martin pass to Snider)
EPPJ —Fangman 7 run (PAT failed)
EPPJ — Fangman 1 run (PAT failed)
EPPJ — Fangman 4 run (Seth Schumacher to Dylan Behnk)
C-O — Martin 32 pass to Kerkman (PAT failed)
EPPJ — Fangman 7 run (Schumacher pass to Behnk)
Team statistics EPPJ
Passing Yds 87
Total Off. 369
First Downs 14
Passing — Seth Schumacher 7/13/1 — 87
Rushing — Kyle Schumacher 1/9, Kyle Kallhoff 6/26, Chad Bode 2/4, Andrew Fangman 36/164, Seth Schumacher 10/79
Receiving — Dylan Behnk 4/56, Kyle Kallhoff 2/15, Andrew Fangman 1/16
Tackles (solo/assists) — Dylan Behnk 2/3, Kyle Kallhoff 3/5, Miles Schrage 1/2, Chad Bode 2/6, Chase Preister 1/0, Alois Warner 2/3, Scott Moser 5/7, Liam Heithoff 1/3, Kalin Henn 0/2, Andrew Fangman 5/5, Seth Schumacher 1/5
Quarterback sacks — Dylan Behnk (1), Kyle Kallhoff (1), Scott Moser (1), Liam Heithoff (1)
Interceptions — Dylan Behnk (1), Chad Bode (1)
HARTINGTON — Going into the season, Coach Randy Eisenhauer said the one advantage he thought the Wolfpack would have over opponents would be team speed.
That was true Friday night as the Wolfpack ran away from Hartington/Newcastle to post a 56 to 19 victory.
The victory boosted the Wolfpack’s record to 2-1.
The Wildcats, fearing EPPJ’s rugged running attack, put eight players “in the box” to start the game. Wolfpack quarterback Seth Schumacher executed the right play as he found fullback Kyle Kallhoff behind the defense for a 43-yard completion down to the one-yard line. Kallhoff then got the call on the next way and scored standing up.
It marked the first of a number of scoring plays for the Wolfpack on an unseasonably cool September night.
On their second possession, Andrew Fangman ran untouched 38 yards for a touchdown, making the score 14 to 0 with 8:22 left in the opening quarter.
Scott Moser’s tackle of Andy Schmidt deep in Wolfpack territory led to the Wildcats turning the ball over on downs. The Wolfpack then went 69 yards in seven plays, Fangman scoring his second touchdown on a 30-yard run just before the end of the quarter, making the score 20 to 0.
On the Wolfpack’s next possession, junior Chad Bode made his presence felt. After bolting for 24 yards, Bode got the ball again on the next play and went 36 yards for the Wolfpack’s fourth touchdown of the first half.
The defense did an excellent job shutting down the Wildcats’ offense. Special teams was another story as on the ensuing kickoff, Devren Sudbeck returned Kalin Henn’s kick 74 yards to remove the goose egg off the scoreboard, making the score 26 to 7.
Answering right back, the Wolfpack put together a 53-yard drive culminating in a Bode eight-yard touchdown run.
The Wolfpack added two more touchdowns before halftime. Fangman scored on a 37-yard run. Then, with less than a minute left on the clock before halftime, Schumacher connected with Dylan Behnk for a 32-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion was good, making the score 48 to 7 at halftime.
With the 35-point rule in effect, the final two quarters went fast.
On the first play of the second half, Fangman went 60 yards for a touchdown, making the score 56 to 7.
The Wildcats, playing against the Wolfpack, added two later scores with their first string offense on the field. Andy Schmidt scored on a 14-yard run. The Wildcats then recovered a Wolfpack fumble and went 34 yards in four plays as Ethan Morten scored on a six-yard run.
“Our defense played really well,” Coach Randy Eisenhauer said about the game. He said the coaches challenged the players to “fly around” to the ball like they did in their season-opening victory against Humphrey/LHF and they did just that.
Fangman had a big night running the ball, gaining 264 yards in 18 carries, scoring five touchdowns. As a team, the Wolfpack rushed for 406 yards on 40 carries.
“Alois (Warner), Scott (Moser), Miles (Schrage) along with Dylan (Behnk) and Austin (Meis) on the outside really opened holes tonight,” Coach Eisenhauer said. “They blocked all the way to the whistle … We did a good job tonight, we have to keep improving.”
He said during the two weeks since the last game, the team has focused on drive blocking and it showed against the Wildcats.
On defense, the Wolfpack were led by Fangman and Austin Meis with nine tackles apiece, Kallhoff had eight tackles (six solo).
EPPJ (2-1) will play a rare Thursday night regular season game, hosting Clearwater/Orchard at Elgin Field. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. The Cyclones enter the game with a 2-1 record. Their lone loss was to Burwell Friday night by the score of 38 to 6.
“I guarantee our kids will be ready,” Eisenhauer said.
Wolfpack 56, Wildcats 19
Wolfpack………20 28 8 0 — 56
Wildcats………..0 7 0 12 — 19
EPPJ — Kyle Kallhoff 1 run (Kallhoff run)
EPPJ — Andrew Fangman 38 run (PAT failed)
EPPJ — Fangman 30 run (PAT failed)
EPPJ — Chad Bode 36 run (PAT failed)
H/N — Brenden Bennett 74 kickoff return (PAT kick good)
EPPJ — Fangman 8 run (PAT failed)
EPPJ — Fangman 37 run (Bode run)
EPPJ — Seth Schumacher 32 pass to Dylan Behnk (Fangman run)
EPPJ — Fangman 60 run (Bode run)
H/N — Andy Schmidt 14 run (PAT failed)
H/N — Ethan Morten 6 run (PAT failed)
Team statistics EPPJ
Passing Yds 111
Total Yds 517
First downs 11
Passing — Seth Schumacher 4/8/0 — 111
Rushing — Kyle Schumacher 5/13, Kyle Kallhoff 5/47, Chad Bode 7/75, Hunter Reestman 2/0, Andrew Fangman 18/264, Seth Schumacher 3/7
Receiving — Dylan Behnk 1/34, Kyle Kallhoff 3/77
Tackles (solo/assists) — Nick Iburg 1/0, Dylan Behnk 2/6, Kyle Schumacher 1/3, Kyle Kallhoff 6/2, Austin Meis 1/8, Miles Schrage 1/4, Chad Bode 1/5, Chase Preister 3/3, Alois Warner 1/1, Hunter Reestman 0/1, Scott Moser 0/7, Liam Heithoff 2/4, Kalin Henn 0/4, Andrew Fangman 3/6, Carter Schindler 0/1, Seth Schumacher 0/3
Quarterback sacks — Miles Schrage (1)
Interceptions — Hunter Reestman (1)
ELGIN — Control the net and you will win most volleyball matches.
The Wolfpack did just that Thursday night, picking up their seventh victory of the season.
Elgin Public-Pope John defeated the Bulldogs 25-16, 25-19 and 25-11.
EPPJ’s front row dominated the match, producing 39 kills in three games compared to just 19 for the Bulldogs.
“We played some good volleyball tonight,” Coach Tina Thiele-Blecher said about the match. “We came out kinda on fire … Our front row was really on tonight. Liz and Jenna, at one time had seven kills apiece. We talked about, we’ve got to get kills to win.”
Senior Jenna Parks got the Wolfpack moving in the right direction in game one. A kill and an ace tip helped give the Wolfpack an early 3 to 1 lead. An ace serve by Jordan Mescher and two kills from junior Liz Selting staked the Wolfpack to an eight to five lead.
A six-to-two run by EPPJ was capped by senior Terri Seier’s kill at the net.
The teams traded points the rest of the way with Amy Nelson and Paige Meis having success at the net and Mescher recording two more ace serves.
In game two, momentum switched back and forth early on as both teams made their mark. Jill Schindler teamed up with Seier for a stuff block at the net. A back row kill by Selting gave the Wolfpack a 13 to 10 lead. Creighton then tied the score at 14-all before EPPJ closed out the game with an 11 to five run. Nelson got things going with two kills, Selting followed with two more and Seier had a solo block on Creighton’s Maycey Forker for another point during the run.
The Wolfpack varsity and JV volleyball teams will compete in a triangular Thursday at Riverside High School in Cedar Rapids.
The schedule for the matches (varsity in one gym, JV in another) will be:
5 p.m. — EPPJ v. Riverside
6 p.m. — Nebraska Christian v. EPPJ
7 p.m. — Riverside v. Nebraska Christian.
On Saturday, the Wolfpack varsity and JV teams will compete in a triangular at Plainview, scheduled to get underway at 3 p.m.
Varsity action will be in the north gym, JVs in the south gym.
Game One — Plainview v. West Holt
Game Two — West Holt v. EPPJ
Game Three — Plainview v. EPPJ
September 17, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The 18th annual Elgin EMT Benefit 4-Person Golf Tournament was played Sunday at the Antelope Country Club. Fritz Bartell, Mike Schmitt, Luke Henderson and Mark Schmitt won the championship flight with a 62 over 18 holes. Taking second was Greg Wemhoff’s team (62), Stan Heithoff’s team (65) was third. In the first flight, Ron Bode’s team carded a 68 to place first followed by Duane Miller’s team (69) and Greg Henn’s team (72).