Marshfield drops season opener
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – Last year, the Marshfield Tiger football team didn’t lose a game until November. This season is starting out a lot different. The Tigers lost their season opener on Aug. 23, losing at Appleton-West 20-19 in a Valley Football Association contest. The Tigers led 12-7 at halftime, and maintained a late 19-7 lead. West, however, scored the game-winning touchdown with 2:32 remaining in the contest to pull out the victory.
Marshfield quarterback Joey Goettl led the Tiger attack with 115 yards passing and 84 yards rushing. Sam Hinson carried the ball 12 times for 91 yards and a 30-yard touchdown run. Simon Slade caught five passes for 75 yards. Bradley Dickinson put up 42 rushing yards on 10 carries, including touchdown runs of 16 and two yards, helping Marshfield post an early 12-0 lead. The Tigers, however, failed to convert on two-point conversion attempts after each of those touchdowns, passing on PAT attempts that in hind sight would have won the game if successful.
Marshfield took the early lead on touchdown drives of 77 and 56 yards. A Joey Goettl interception allowed West to score before halftime, but the Tgers came swinging in the third quarter, going 95 yards in 11 plays to grab a 19-7 lead.
West responded again, scoring at the end of the third quarter to cut Marshfield’s lead to five. After the Tigers failed to convert a key fourth down attempt, the Terrors used the final seven minutes of the game to go on the winning touchdown drive.
West won the game, despite being outgained by Marshfield 363-296. The Tigers also picked up 12 more first downs than the Terrors.
The Tigers begin a new era on Aug. 30, when they host Oshkosh-North at the brand new Heiting Community Stadium at Marshfield High School at 7:30 p.m., following a boys soccer match with New Richmond at 4:30 p.m.