New Berlin Eisenhower offense struggles in loss to Wilmot
Defense allows only one score in 13-0 loss
New Berlin Eisenhower opened up the 2013 season with a 13-0 loss at Wilmot Union on Friday, as the Panthers' Bryce Kothe was a one-man touchdown-machine.
Coach Jeff Setz's defense held Wilmot scoreless in the first half, but then the Panthers broke the scoreless tie with a 26-yard touchdown run by Kothe, a junior running back, with 1 minute, 53 seconds left in the third quarter. Wilmot senior Zach Dodge kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
It was Kothe again with 7:07 left to play in the game who gave the Panthers some breathing room when he picked off a pass from Ike sophomore quarterback Sam Carey and raced 50 yards for the score. The Lions defense stopped a two-point conversion run by junior Ethan Scott for a 13-0 lead.
Carey, who is more familiar with the offense, replaced senior Preston Cypress, and completed 8-for-18 for 52 yards, but he threw two interceptions. He also ran six times for 21 yards.
Senior running backs Steve Harrell (seven rushes for 45 yards, 6.4 average) and Nick Taylor (11-for-15, 1.4) led the rushing attack, which totaled 155 yards.
Junior wide receiver Nick Rastas caught three passes for 17 yards.
Setz was pleased with his defense, but disappointed in his offense.
"The defense kept us in the game for three quarters," he said. "But the offense didn't execute like we hoped it would. They also put the defense in some bad situations with field position."
"We replaced Cypress because Sam Carey has more experience with our winged T offense," Setz said. "He is more familiar with it and has the footwork for it.
"He has better knowledge of the offense from last year as a freshman than our two senior guys.
"He did some good things for us. He is growing into the position. He has to learn to make better decisions on when and who to throw the ball to. But he handled himself well.
"We have to execute better with what we are trying to accomplish. It's good competition and we have one more game to sort it out."
The Lions will now travel to Whitnall for a non-conference game at 7 p.m. Friday.
— Tom "Sky" Skibosh
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