Big Foot wears down Lakeside Lutheran
WALWORTH Walworth Big Foot football coach Rodney Wedig sticks to the theory that every team must go through playoff adversity to be a champion.
But since the Chiefs have trailed for one play in 11 games, playoff adversity is more of a punch line in Walworth these days.
Lakeside Lutheran held the honor of leading the Chiefs for one play late in the first quarter before giving up 46 unanswered points and falling, 52-17, in a WIAA Division 4 Level 3 game here Friday evening.
Mason Dixon ran for three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass, while Carter Hehr added a 95-yard kickoff return and three touchdown passes to help Big Foot (11-0) overwhelm Lakeside Lutheran (10-1).
With the dominating victory, Big Foot moves on to face Freedom (9-2) in a Level 4 matchup at West Bend High School next Friday. Freedom is stuck with the rough task of slowing down the Chiefs big-play offense.
“Not to be cocky, but our offense is really good,” Hehr said. “Lakeside’s plan was to keep us off the field with long steady drives, but the scoreboard said otherwise.”
The Warriors’ game plan worked well for most of the first quarter.
After Dixon’s 70-yard touchdown run put the hosts up 6-0, the Warriors answered with 10 straight points, including Ryan Broedlow’s 2-yard touchdown that put them ahead, 10-6, late in the first quarter.
It was the first time all season the Chiefs had trailed an opponent.
The deficit, however, lasted one play.
Hehr took the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a game-changing touchdown that put Big Foot ahead for good, 13-10.
“We were concerned because defensively we weren’t doing a good job on some of the things we worked on all week and they (Lakeside Lutheran) were moving the ball,” Wedig said. “But I knew offensively that we have some many weapons.”
The Chiefs certainly unleashed their heavy weaponry in the second quarter.
Hehr followed up his kickoff return with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Matt Ripkey that made it 20-10 in the second quarter. Dixon later added a 1-yard touchdown run, and Hehr chipped in a 9-yard touchdown pass to Cristian Wedig to expand the lead to 34-10 with 30 seconds left in the half.
Still the first-half onslaught wasn’t complete.
After the Chiefs recovered the ball on a squib kickoff with just seconds remaining, Dixon took a short pass at the Warrior 47 and plowed through the Warrior defense player-by-player before diving into the end zone for an impressive touchdown catch/run.
“Dixon made one of the most incredible runs I’ve seen in football in a long time weaving through traffic,” Wedig said.
Dixon and Brandon Hausner tacked on third-quarter touchdown runs of 3 and 20 yards, respectively, before Lakeside finally answered with a Brennan Leis 27-yard touchdown run. The Warrior touchdown provided little consolation during a rough evening.
BIG FOOT 52, LAKESIDE 17
Lakeside Lutheran 10 0 7 0—17
Walworth Big Foot 13 27 12 0—52
Scoring summary: BF—Mason Dixon, 70 run (kick failed). L—Field goal, 36 Stuart Vanden Huevel. L—Ryan Broedlow, 2 run (Vanden Huevel kick). BF—Carter Hehr, 95 kickoff return (Ian Gallagher kick). BF—Matt Ripkey, 51 pass from Hehr (Gallagher kick). BF—Dixon, 1 run (Gallagher kick). BF—Gus Wedig, 9 pass from Hehr (Gallagher kick). BF—Dixon, 47 pass from Hehr (kick failed). BF—Dixon, 3 run (kick failed). BF—Brandon Hausner, 20 run (Gallagher kick). L—Brennan Leis, 27 pass from Luke Thiele (Vanden Heuvel kick).
Statistics: First downs—L 18, BF 21. Rushes—L 39-259, BF 33-356. Yards passing—L 58, BF 164. Passes—L 8-4-1, BF 11-7-0. Fumbles—L 0-0, BF 0-0.