Spencer/Columbus Catholic football holds off Columbus in WIAA Division 4 Level 1 playoff
By Paul Lecker
COLUMBUS – Spencer/Columbus Catholic scored three touchdowns in a span of 5 minutes in the second quarter and held on from there to beat Columbus 22-17 in a WIAA Division 4 Level 1 football playoff game Friday night at Columbus High School.
Columbus blocked a punt and recovered at the 2-yard line early in the second quarter, but Spencer/Columbus held and forced a field goal.
The Rockets got their offense going on their next possession.
Calvin Lenz scored on a 2-yard touchdown run, then tossed a 70-yard TD pass to Mitch Susa the next time the Rockets had the ball.
Noah Zastrow capped the scoring with an interception return for a touchdown, putting the Rockets up 22-3.
Columbus scored with less than 1 minute left in the third quarter and in the final 2 minutes of the fourth quarter to make it close, but the Rockets were able to hold on.
Spencer/Columbus (7-3) will play at No. 1 seed Wautoma (9-1) in a Level 2 matchup next Friday or Saturday. A date and time will be announced this weekend. Wautoma knocked off Campbellsport 35-14 on Friday.
Rockets 22, Cardinals 17
Spencer/Columbus 0 22 0 0 – 22
Columbus 0 3 0 0 – 3
C – Logan Wright 21 field goal, 8:53.
SC – Calvin Lenz 2 run (Mitch Susa run), 7:11.
SC – Susa 70 pass from Lenz (Susa pass from Lenz), 4:02.
SC – Noah Zastrow interception return (run failed), 2:23.
C – Blake Streeter 5 run (Wright kick), 0:29.
C – Tarek Herschleb 9 pass from Jacob Anderson (Wright kick), 1:12.
First downs: Spencer/Columbus 7; Columbus 13.
Rushing (att-yards): Spencer/Columbus 32-122; Columbus 40-89.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Spencer/Columbus 3-7-89-0; Columbus 10-24-94-1.
Penalties (no.-yards): Spencer/Columbus 5-50; Columbus 1-10.
Fumbles (total-lost): Spencer/Columbus 0-0; Columbus 0-0.
Rushing: SC, Hunter Hildebrandt 13-51, Tyler Voda 5-49, Mitch Susa 4-14, Calvin Lenz 8-8, Hunter Luepke 1-0, Noah Zastrow 1-0. C, Tarek Herschleb 15-43, Kyle Geiger 12-31, Noah Coughlin 5-21, Blake Streeter 1-5, Jacob Anderson 1-minus 1, Sam Ott 1-minus 4, Payton Henry 5-minus 6.
Passing: SC, Lenz 3-7-89-0. C, Anderson 7-18-77-0, Henry 3-6-17-1.
Receiving: SC, Susa 2-85, Zastrow 1-4. C, Kevin Hussey 4-27, Herschleb 3-35, Coughlin 2-18, Will Stormer 1-14.
Records: Spencer/Columbus 7-3; Columbus 7-3.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com).