Rockets jump out to 38-0 lead by halftime
By Paul Lecker
SPENCER — The Spencer/Columbus Catholic football team did what it has done all season on Friday night: get off to a great start.
The Rockets scored five first-half touchdowns and held their opponent scoreless on their way to a dominating 54-8 victory over New Glarus/Monticello in a WIAA Division 5 Level 1 playoff game at Ted Fritsch Field at Spencer High School.
Spencer/Columbus improves to 10-0 and will host Waterloo (7-3) in a Level 2 matchup either next Friday or Saturday. Waterloo edged Prairie du Chien 25-19 on Friday.
Hunter Luepke had two touchdown runs, Noah Zastrow ran 60 yards for a score and caught a 54-yard pass for another, and Jonny Tomke had a TD run on offense and a safety on defense to lift Spencer/Columbus to a 38-0 halftime lead.
Ryan Busse returned a fumble for a score, and Jon Bauer capped the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run for the Rockets.
“The boys came out and executed in all three phases of the game tonight,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said. “I thought New Glarus/Monticello did a nice job with some early adjustments to their game plan, but we were able to figure it out and play well.”
Zastrow racked up 237 total yards of offense — 132 rushing, 105 receiving — for the Rockets, who outgained New Glarus/Monticello 426-180 and averaged 11.8 yards per play. Spencer/Columbus also forced four turnovers.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Rockets 54, Glarner Knights 8
New Glarus/Monticello 0 0 8 0 – 8
Spencer/Columbus 22 16 8 8 – 54
SC – Hunter Luepke 2 run (Luepke run), 9:01.
SC – Noah Zastrow 54 pass from Calvin Lenz (Lenz run), 7:28.
SC – Zastrow 60 run (run failed), 4:42.
SC – Jonny Tomke 5 run (run failed), 7:27.
SC – Tomke safety, 5:29.
SC – Luepke 6 run (Tomke run), 2:15.
SC – Ryan Busse fumble return (Tomke run), 11:16.
NGM – Trey Taylor 46 run (Gavin Binger run), 0:38.
SC – Jon Bauer 8 run (Karak Bushman pass from Collin Nieman), 9:16.
First downs: NGM 9; SC 9.
Rushing (att-yards): NGM 38-163; SC 34-321.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): NGM 2-9-17-1; SC 2-2-105-0.
Penalties (no.-yards): NGM 6-55; SC 2-15.
Fumbles (total-lost): NGM 3-3; SC 1-1.
Punting (no.-avg.): NGM 3-28.7; SC 2-25.5.
Rushing: NGM, Try Taylor 9-74, Gavin Binger 10-58, Zach Price 7-20, Hayden Latsch 1-6, Tanner Jelle 4-5, Alan Plantikow 1-5, Austin Schlueter 3-minus 2, Colin Reeson 3-minus 3. SC, Noah Zastrow 6-132, Jon Bauer 4-84, Hunter Hildebrandt 4-71, Hunter Luepke 7-38, Dominick Wichlacz 1-7, Jonny Tomke 1-5, Carson Hildebrandt 1-2, Team 4-0, Ethan Meece 2-minus 2, Shane Hamm 1-minus 3, Adam Walter 1-minus 4, Calvin Lenz 2-minus 9.
Passing: NGM, Binger 2-9-17-1. SC, Lenz 2-2-105-0.
Receiving: NGM, Cullan Brooks 1-12, Price 1-5. SC, Zastrow 2-105.
Punting: NGM, Brooks 3-28.7. SC, Caden Schillinger 2-25.5.
Records: New Glaurs/Monticello 3-7; Spencer/Columbus Catholic 10-0.