By Jacob Mathias
It was a lopsided game for the SPASH Panthers varsity football team Friday night, as they handily defeated the D.C. Everest Evergreens 35-0.
The Panthers entered their Homecoming game on the heels of a defeat by another Wausau-area team, the West Warriors, 54-20 on Sept. 22. SPASH’s record now stands at 3-4.
“Tonight a lot of things went well for us and I’m happy for our guys,” said Panthers Head Coach Pete McAdams. “It’s a Homecoming win and it’s always exciting when they can win their Homecoming, especially as seniors.”
SPASH’s first of five touchdowns came on a 17-yard rush from senior running back Colton Kizewski at 3:59 in the first quarter. Kizewski scored again at 1:14 in the second quarter on a 27-yard pass from senior quarterback Brady Woyak.
Kizewski continued his series of touchdowns in the second half with a 38-yard run to the end zone and a 17-yard pass to junior wide receiver Mason King. The Panthers final touchdown came on an 8-yard pass to senior tight end Andrew Erdman.
Kizewski led the offense with 205 rushing yards on 27 attempts and averaging 7.6 yards per carry. Junior running back Luke Bembenek followed with 40 rushing yards.
The Panther defense was equally effective as they held the Evergreens to only two first-down conversions and 75 total offensive yards.
“I cannot say enough about our defense,” said McAdams. “That was awesome tonight.”
SPASH next takes on the Wisconsin Rapids Red Raiders at 7 PM when they travel to Lincoln High School on Oct. 6.