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Schmitz runs for 217 to help propel Eagles to post season

Defense rises to make big plays in Homecoming win over Rockets


October 9, 2019

With a pair of kneel downs by Cashton quarterback Alec Wall, and two conference games still left on the schedule, the Cashton Eagle Football team clinched a playoff berth with a 26-14, Homecoming win over the New Lisbon Rockets.

Last Friday night the Eagles hosted the New Lisbon Rockets and took control early to set the tone defensively and come out on top 26-14.

The Rockets got the ball first and drove to the Eagles 35-yard line, but on fourth down Lincoln Klinge knifed through and stopped the Rockets one yard shy of the first down to give the ball back to the Cashton offense.

Wall would connect with Trevin Freit for 20 yards, and Michael Barnes would get to the edge for a 20-yard rushing gain to keep the chains moving.

Then Bennet Schmitz took over and found a crease to score from seven yards out and put the Eagles up 6-0 with 5:48 left in the first quarter.

The Rockets would drive on their next possession to the Eagle 25-yard line, but after three straight incompletions Cashton would take over on downs.

After Schmitz broke free for a 30 yard run and the Eagles were back in business. Schmitz would pick up another first down but a holding penalty moved the Eagles back, and negated a Barnes 35 yard touchdown. The Eagles would turn the ball over on an interception from Wall with :56 left in the first half.

The Eagle defense came up with another big stop. Klinge would drop a Rocket runner for a one-yard loss, and Barnes and Tristin Grant blew up a screen pass play that ended with an incompletion.

James Harter and Preston Schreier broke into the New Lisbon backfield and dropped the third downplay for a four-yard loss, and the Rockets were forced to punt the ball back to the Eagles early in the second quarter.

Cashton took over from their own 25-yard line, and Bennet Schmitz would take the first play from scrimmage and break through for a 74 yard run, his longest run of the year, to the New Lisbon one-yard line. One play later, Schmitz plunged into the end zone for his second touchdown on the night to give the Eagles a 12-0 lead with 10:40 left in the second quarter.

Cashton’s defense came up with another stop on the Rockets next possession, forcing a punt. Cashton got a huge break when the snap sailed over the punter’s head for a huge loss, giving the Eagles the ball in great field position.

It looked like the Rockets were going to get a stop, but on fourth down and 18, from the Rocket 19-yard line, Alec Wall connected on a pass to Lincoln Klinge for the Eagles third score of the game. With 2:58 left in the first half, the Eagles led 18-0.

New Lisbon threatened late in the first half, moving deep into Cashton territory. Austin Schaldach would intercept a Rocket pass at the goal line and return it to the 36 with :53 left in the half.

Cashton had a second touchdown of the first half called back on a penalty when a 56-yard touch down pass to Trevin Freit was negated on a holding call.

Eagles threatened again early but a fumble turned the ball over to the Rockets at their own 23. Again the defense would stiffen and Schaldach would get his second interception of the night, setting the Eagles with great field position. But Cashton would drive just inside the 10 before they turned it over on downs.

New Lisbon got on the board early in the fourth quarter with a 20 yard pass completion for a touchdown with 10:48 left to play in the game. Barnes came up with a big stop on the point after attempt to keep the score 18-6.

After a failed onside kick by the Rockets the Eagles would put a seven play drive together, punctuated by a three-yard run by Schmitz, his third rushing touchdown of the evening. Zach Harris had a big run of 14 yards during the drive to keep the Rockets on their heels.

The Rockets responded with a drive of their own, as they opened up the passing attack and connected on some big plays. New Lisbon would find the end zone on a one yard run with 2:31 left on the clock to extend the lead to 26-14.

The Eagles recovered a second onside kick attempt and after runs of nine and four yards by Harris, moved the chains. Two kneel downs is all that remained to preserve the victory 26-14. With the win the Eagles improve to 3-1 in conference and 4-3 overall.

Bennet Schmitz had a career night carrying the ball 26 times for 217 yards and 3 touchdowns. Four Eagle players recorded a sack and Austin Schaldach had two interceptions. “It was a great win for the Eagles on homecoming night,” Cashton head coach, Jered Hemmersbach said.

With the win the Eagles became playoff eligible.

RUSHING: Schmitz 26 carries, 217 yards, 3TD; Barnes 4 carries, 35 yards; Harris 7 carries, 32 yards; Schaldach 2 carries,16 yards; Wall 3 carries, 9 yards. PASSING: Wall 4/11, 55 yards, 1 TD, 2 Int. RECEIVING: Freit 2, 34 yards; L. Klinge 1, 19 yards, TD; Barnes 1, 2 yards, 2 pt. INTERCEPTIONS/RETURN: Schaldach 2/36. TACKLES: Schreier 8; Grant 9, Schaldach 5, Barnes 5. SACKS: Freit 1, Harris 1, Grant 1, L. Klinge 1.


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