FLORENCE — Florence’s protection had three interceptions and recorded a second half shutout and quarterback Will Kelley ran for a college document 209 yards because the Bobcats downed the Laona-Wabeno Rebels for a 36-18 within the 8-player soccer matchup at Robert Landry Subject in Florence on Friday evening.
The Bobcats (3-1) gave up three turnovers of their very own on fumbles, together with a fumble return for a Rebels’ landing within the final two minutes of the rain-soaked contest, however dominated time of possession and led from begin to end of their convention house opener.
“It rained a lot of the sport and that was to our benefit,” mentioned Florence Coach Kent Walstrom, noting L-W’s potent passing assault. “We performed good protection throughout the board — good go protection, actually have been in a position to collapse the pocket on their QB, and we dominated them with our run sport. It felt to me like we have been the higher workforce in all 4 quarters of the sport.”
Florence scored on a Kelley 22-yard landing run on the opening drive, however LW answered shortly with Rebels’ QB Carter Janesch hitting receiver Adam Seeber on an extended bomb TD reception.
Operating again Logan Schuls capped one other Bobcats drive with a one-yard landing run for a 14-6 Florence lead within the second quarter.
“They (LW) scored their second landing on a damaged play, a go play the place our defender slipped and their receiver was operating extensive open,” mentioned Walstrom. “We had a 14-12 lead on the half and felt prefer it ought to have been extra. LW did not have a number of constructive performs to indicate for the factors that they had, however we stayed true to our plan and gained the second half decisively.”
Florence’s Evan Johnson ran 10 yards for a rating and a 20-12 lead and Kelley led one other drive for factors with an eight-yard TD run to increase the result in 28-12 early within the fourth quarter.
Seeber scored L-W’s final landing on protection, scooping up a unfastened fumble late within the contest and operating untouched for a TD to drag inside 28-18 earlier than Florence put the sport away on Kelley’s third landing run, this one from 53 yards out with beneath two minutes left.
“Heck of a sport by Kelley,” Walstrom added. “Twenty-nine carries. He can run, he throws and catches very well, only a very versatile participant. Our sport plan entering into was to provide Will a number of carries and use our different backs a little bit extra as blocking backs tonight, and he got here up large.”
Kelley accomplished 4 passes for 29 yards. Johnson completed with three catches for 19 yards and 29 speeding yards on 5 carries. Logan Schuls had one catch for 10 yards and eight carries for 25 yards.
Bryce Leffler and Will Sipple led Florence’s protection with eight tackles every and fixed stress on passing downs.
“I am going to have to observe the tape to rely the sacks, however each guys have been actually disruptive up entrance,” Walstrom mentioned. “We did not have Bryce for the Newman-Catholic sport, so getting him again for this one was big.
“We’ve not performed each convention opponent, however I do not know of two higher defensive gamers in our league than Bryce and (L-W’s Hunter) Cronauer, and Cronauer was all-state final yr, defensive participant of the yr in our convention. They’re each excellent gamers.”
Joey Holmstrom added seven tackles and Florence’s ball-hawking trio of Johnson, Kelley and Schuls every recorded interceptions to kill Insurgent drives.
The Bobcats host Niagara Friday for Mother and father’ Night time. Sport time is ready for 7 pm at Robert Landry Subject.