Sunday, October 31, 2010

Crusader FB Coverage

nothing in the local papers, but from SheboyganPress.Com -- (with an interesting opinion about private schools by the Plymouth coach)

WIAA football playoffs: Plymouth's opponent too strong
Waukesha Catholic Memorial ends Panthers' season

Plymouth met an opponent it could not handle on Saturday afternoon, and the Panthers' magnificent season came to an end.

Waukesha Catholic Memorial defeated Plymouth 35-0 in a WIAA Division 3 second-round game at Caroll University.

"They're at a different level than we are, that's for sure," said Panthers coach Dan Knaus, whose team finished 9-2 for the second straight season.

"They were just flat-out better than us. Schematically, anything we tried, they mauled us, they were so big up front. Then our players tried to scramble, cheat up to make something happen because we're so sick of giving up six, seven yards every play, we lose contain and give up the big play."

Catholic Memorial feature back Pete Karczewski had 24 carries for 215 yards.

Plymouth fell behind 13-0 in the first quarter, but held its opponent scoreless in the second quarter. Catholic Memorial scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and pulled away.
Knaus said the private schools in Wisconsin have an edge over public schools, especially private schools that play in big-school conferences.

"I think the WIAA needs to stop worrying about districting, and put the private schools together," Knaus said. "It's a huge advantage."

Though the loss was disappointing, Knaus said he couldn't be more proud of this group of seniors, which won two Eastern Wisconsin Conference titles and went 18-4 the past two years.

"I told them I love coaching them," Knaus said. "We had a great run together. We're just going to forget about today's memory and think of all the other great memories, and there are plenty."

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