Tigers end season with 9-2 record
By Paul Lecker
DURAND — Durand scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and rode its defense to a 21-7 victory over Stratford in a WIAA Division 5 Level 2 football playoff game Friday night at Durand High School.
Durand (10-1) moves on to a Level 3 game on Nov. 4 at Stanley-Boyd (10-1). Stanley-Boyd whipped Elk Mound 39-0 on Friday.
Durand scored twice the opening 6½ minutes and held the 14-0 lead into halftime.
The Panthers added a score in third quarter on a 17-yard run by Josh Biesterveld.
The Tigers were held to just 24 yards in the first half and did not score until 7:40 remained in the fourth quarter when Mark Handrick tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to David Marquardt, making the score 21-7. The scoring drive was the best of the game for Stratford, going 69 yards in 16 plays, accounting for more than half of its 128 yards of total offense.
Stratford (9-2) regained possession with just more than five minutes left, but the Tigers turned it over with an interception on their first play.
Stratford forced another three-and-out and took over at its own 39 with about four minutes to go. After gaining one first down, the Tigers committed a penalty, were sacked, and eventually turned it over on downs. The Panthers were able to run most of the clock out from there.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Panthers 21, Tigers 7
Stratford 0 0 0 7 – 7
Durand 14 0 7 0 – 21
D – Lawson Harmon 13 pass from William Berger (Harmon kick), 7:39
D – Karter Kurth 65 run (Harmon kick), 5:30.
D – Josh Biesterveld 17 run (Harmon kick), 4:50.
S – David Marquardt 17 pass from Mark Handrick (Kam Bornbach kick), 7:40.
Rushing: Stratford 37-83; Durand 37-172.
Passing: Stratford 4-13-45-2; Durand 8-11-75-0.
Rushing: S, Kam Bornbach 9-37, Cole Hoffmann 10-27, Kade Ehrike 10-27, Mark Handrick 4-6, Jordan Becker 1-2, Eli Drexler 3-minus 16. D, Karter Kurth 12-90, Josh Biesterveld 10-59, Williams Berger 10-12, Adayre Glaus 5-11.
Passing: S, Handrick 4-7-45-0, Drexler 0-5-0-1, Hoffmann 0-1-0-1. D, Berger 7-10-65-0, Biesterveld 1-1-10-0.
Receiving: S, Marquardt 3-36, Drexler 1-9. D, Lawson Harmon 4-32, Kurth 3-38, Glaus 1-5.
Records: Stratford 9-2; Durand 10-1.