Wilmot rallies to beat New Berlin Lions, 24-14
Ike wears down after taking 14-0 advantage
New Berlin Eisenhower got the first quarter of first-year coach Matt Kern's reign off to a good start, but then it went downhill from there for the Lions in a 24-14 loss to Wilmot at Ike.
With 6 minutes, 49 seconds left in the first period, junior quarterback Sam Carey found sophomore wide receiver Joey Scaffidi, who turned it into an 80-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead. Then Jordan Canady ran in a 51-yard touchdown with 2:07 left in the quarter for a 14-0 advantage. Nathan Erickson booted both PATs.
"I think we came out excited and ready to play, and the two big plays early really gave us a spark," Kern said. "But I thought that they started to wear us down as the game progressed, particularly in the second half."
Wilmot scored at the end of the quarter on a short run by Bryce Kothe, and the point after cut the lead in half to 14-7. In the second quarter, Wilmot booted a 33-yard field goal at the 8:19 mark, cutting the lead to 14-10 at intermission.
Kothe ran in a 56-yard score in the third period to take a 17-14 lead at the 10:11 mark, and the Panthers closed out the scoring on a 47-yard run by Kothe with 2:16 left in the game for a 24-14 advantage.
"Our biggest point of emphasis going forward needs to be securing the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball," Kern said. "We were not as effective as we needed to be running the ball, and clearly we gave up too many rushing yards. Our tackling is also something that we will need to continue to improve on."
Kern was happy the Lions fought to stay in the game, and he hopes they have learned something from the opportunity.
"I give our kids a lot of credit for hanging in there and for persevering through a challenging game against a good Wilmot team," he said. "We forced four turnovers, which ultimately gave us an opportunity to almost pull this game out in the fourth quarter.
"Knowing the kids we have, I think they will use this game as an opportunity to get better, and it will ultimately make us a better team later in the year."
Carey was 4-for-14 for 126 yards and a score, and Canady rushed eight times for 65 yards (8.1 average).
Michael Daniels ran for 114 yards, and Ty Mulcahy had 113.
Pacey was 3-for-3 from PATs and added a field goal, while the Panthers rushed 17 times for 199 yards (11.7 average) and three scores.
Eisenhower now hosts Whitnall of the Woodland East Division at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29.
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