Big-play offense lifts Spencer/Columbus football past Fall Creek
Luepke scores three touchdowns for Rockets
By Paul Lecker
FALL CREEK — The Spencer/Columbus Catholic big-play offense was on display Friday night at Fall Creek High School.
The Rockets scored five touchdowns from at least 32 yards out, including three from 60 or more, and cruised to a 44-21 win over Fall Creek in a Cloverbelt Conference football game.
Spencer/Columbus improves to 2-0 overall and in the conference, and Fall Creek drops to 0-2 overall and in the conference.
Hunter Luepke scored three touchdowns and rushed for 151 yards, and Noah Zastrow had 136 yards on the ground, including a 75-yard touchdown run, and caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Jarred Mandel.
“We were able to convert on third down to move the ball,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said. “It was definitely a physical game. We’re proud of the guys, but we have work to do.”
Luepke scored on a 13-yard pass from Zastrow midway through the first quarter and added a 69-yard TD run to put Spencer/Columbus up 16-0.
Ethan Meece caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Mandel to make it 22-8 at halftime.
Luepke scored on a 32-yard run, and Zastrow scored on the long reception to put the Rockets in control at 36-8. Zastrow added a 75-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
The Rockets outgained Fall Creek 316-199 on the ground, averaging 9.6 yards per carry.
Spencer/Columbus hosts Stanley-Boyd in a big Cloverbelt game next Friday at Spencer High School. Stanley-Boyd lost to Eau Claire Regis 37-30 on Friday.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Rockets 44, Crickets 21
Spencer/Columbus 16 6 14 8 – 44
Fall Creek 0 8 0 13 – 21
SC – Hunter Luepke 13 pass from Noah Zastrow (Zastrow run), 6:33.
SC – Luepke 69 run (Luepke run), 0:38.
FC – Ethan Ritger 1 run (Tanner Kurth run), 6:04.
SC – Ethan Meece 33 pass from Jarred Mandel (run failed), 4:29.
SC – Luepke 32 run (Luepke run), 5:21.
SC – Zastrow 60 pass from Mandel (pass failed), 3:48.
FC – Ritger 2 run (J.J. Pritzel kick), 10:32.
SC – Zastrow 75 run (Zastrow run), 9:43.
FC – Kurth 3 run (run failed), 5:08.
First downs: SC 16; FC 16.
Rushing (att-yards): SC 33-316; FC 50-199.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): SC 5-7-118-1; FC 10-15-98-0.
Penalties (no.-yards): SC 2-15; FC 5-25.
Fumbles (total-lost): SC 1-1; FC 0-0.
Punting (no.-avg.): SC 1-20.0; FC 4-27.5.
Rushing: SC, Hunter Luepke 13-151, Noah Zastrow 8-136, Jacob Miller 3-14, Jon Bauer 2-12, Adam Walter 3-6, Carson Hildebrandt 2-2, Jarred Mandel 1-minus 2, Leonardo Rodriguez 1-minus 3. FC, Ethan Ritger 29-197, Ryan Taitano 5-18, Ross Cornellisen 2-1, Joey Kinderman 1-minus 1, Jake McInnis 1-minus 4, Tanner Kurth 12-minus 12.
Passing: SC, Mandel 2-3-93-1, Zastrow 3-4-25-0. FC, Kurth 10-15-98-0.
Receiving: SC, Zastrow 1-60, Ethan Meece 1-33, Luepke 1-13, Lukas Ellefson 1-8, Miller 1-4. FC, McInnis 3-19, Ritger 2-29, Tyler Riemenschneider 2-25, Jake Ming 1-29, Dane Johnson 1-3, Taitano 1-minus 7.
Punting: SC, Andres Rodriguez 1-20.0. FC, Kurth 2-26.0, Gavin Scheppke 1-29.0, Nate Manor 1-29.9.