Spencer/Columbus football continues dominant start
By Paul Lecker
SPENCER – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic football team continued its early-season success by blasting Neillsville 60-6 in a Cloverbelt Conference game Friday night at Spencer High School.
The Rockets scored seven first-half touchdowns to cruise to the victory and improve to 3-0 overall and in the Cloverbelt. Neillsville is now 1-2 and 0-2 in the conference.
Hunter Luepke had a pair of touchdown runs and 81 yards on just four carries in the first half. Ryan Busse recovered a blocked punt and returned it for a touchdown, Jonny Tomke, Noah Zastrow and Austin Post ran for scores, and Ryan Busse caught a 33-yard scoring pass from Calvin Lenz for the other scores in the first half for the Rockets.
Jacob Miller and Carson Hildebrandt each had touchdown runs in the second half to cap the scoring.
“We came out and were very disciplined and executed well,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said. “Our defense was tremendous through the whole evening. We like keeping our carries balanced right now on offense. I was really proud of the way our young guys played in the second half.”
S/C had 349 yards rushing on 43 carries and held Neillsville to just 26 total yards of offense. Neillsville’s only score was an 82-yard kickoff return by Jahean McGee in the second quarter.
Spencer/Columbus hosts Colby in another Cloverbelt matchup next Friday at Spencer High School.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Rockets 60, Warriors 6
Neillsville 0 6 0 0 – 6
Spencer/Columbus 27 21 6 6 – 60
SC – Jonny Tomke 1 run (Hunter Luepke run), 10:46.
SC – Ryan Busse blocked punt return (Austin Post run), 7:58.
SC – Luepke 5 run (Elijah Welsh kick), 4:41.
SC – Noah Zastrow 2 run (kick missed), 2:24.
SC – Busse 33 pass from Calvin Lenz (Hunter Hildebrandt pass from Lenz), 10:27.
SC – Luepke 26 run (kick missed), 5:55.
N – Jahean McGee 82 kick return (kick missed), 5:42.
SC – A. Post 7 run (Luepke kick), 2:31.
SC – Jacob Miller 7 run (run failed), 5:24.
SC – Carson Hildebrandt 4 run (kick missed), 8:50.
First downs: Neillsville 3; Spencer/Columbus 17.
Rushing (att-yards): Neillsville 30-35; Spencer/Columbus 43-349.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Neillsville 1-7-minus 9-1; Spencer/Columbus 3-5-74-1.
Fumbles (total-lost): Neillsville 1-1; Spencer/Columbus 1-1.
Punting (No.-avg.): Neillsville 5-28.2; Spencer/Columbus none.
Penalties (No.-yards): Neillsville 2-20; Spencer/Columbus 4-30.
Rushing: N, Jahean McGee 11-35, Derringer Goodman 5-7, Thomas Selk 1-5, Luke Mayer 1-1, Dominick Cappadora 1-0, Devin Esterlen 1-minus 1, Austin Pedersen 3-minus 3, Jake Waternate 7-minus 9. SC, Hunter Luepke 4-81, Carson Hildebrandt 5-58, Jonny Tomke 5-48, Jacob Miller 6-41, Noah Zastrow 4-39, Bubba Post 6-39, Hunter Hildebrandt 3-20, No. 35 (no name provided) 2-12, Austin Post 3-10, Calvin Lenz 1-5, Adam Walter 1-1, Colin Nieman 1-minus 1, Jacob Schultz 1-minus 1, Ethan Meece 1-minus 3.
Passing: N, Walternate 1-7-minus 9-1. SC, Lenz 3-5-74-0.
Receiving: N, Hunter Hand 1-minus 9. SC, Ryan Busse 1-33, Tomke 1-26, A. Post 1-15.
Punting: N, Walternate 4-27.3, Marshall Opelt 1-32.
Records: Neillsville 1-2, 0-2 Cloverbelt Conference; Spencer/Columbus 3-0 overall and Cloverbelt East.