Sunday, September 8, 2013

Third straight shutout for Crusader Football

from yesterday's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 35
Waukesha North 0 

Crusaders to face
Arrowhead next 
By Tom Badger, Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – On the roster, they’re listed as Zach Taylor and David Verbockel.

After Friday’s performance, the two Catholic Memorial High School football players may be better known as ‘Sack’ Taylor and David Ver-blockel.

Both contributed big plays in Memorial’s 35-0 victory over Waukesha North in the Classic 8 Conference opener played at Waukesha South.

Memorial improved to 3-0 with three straight shutouts. The Crusaders, the defending Division 3 state champions, now will focus on next Friday – a showdown with Arrowhead, the Division 1 state champions.

CMH has beaten West Allis Central, Milwaukee Riverside and North by a combined score of 113-0.

“These are three teams that we should beat and beat in convincing fashion,” CMH coach Bill Young said. “There were a lot of positives tonight, but kids are kids. They’re going to look ahead to Arrowhead next week. We didn’t play with a lot of energy and
excitement tonight.”

Taylor and Verbockel certainly did. In the first half, Taylor, a 6-foot-2, 288pound sophomore, recorded four sacks for minus 17 yards to keep North sophomore quarterback J.T. Thode on edge.

“Our entire D-line did a great job,” Taylor said. “Gromo (junior Sam Gromacki)
really forced the plays inside and Tyler Tevich and I took it from there. Their quarterback stepped into me a couple of times and sometimes I had to chase him down. Either way, it was a pretty good feeling.”

Verbockel blocked two North punts –
the first one leading to a touchdown near the end of the first half, which proved to be a pivotal play. With Memorial holding a 14-0 late in the half, Verbockel blocked North’s punt and senior teammate Matt Rechner scooped it up and scored from 22 yards out with 1:11 remaining for a 21-0 lead at the break.

Verbockel, a 6-foot, 180 pound senior, said assistant coach Matt Bergan put out a challenge this season.

“Our coach told us to get five blocked punts the whole year so we’re moving up,” Verbockel said. “I kind of got a free release and (North senior punter Erik Reel) started running with
it so I thought he was going to throw it. Then he dropped it at his foot and I dove at the ball and got it.”

After playing to a 0-0 tie in the first quarter, CMH muscled up with a 35-yard touchdown run by senior Alec Kocour with 11:02 left in the second quarter. The 11-play, 78-yard drive was set up by an interception of a tipped pass by CMH junior linebacker Mikey Wurster.

Following a North punt, Memorial senior quarterback Cam Krausert hooked up with a wide open Mike Schmidt for a 23-yard TD pass with 5:32 to go in the half.

On North’s first possession of the second half, sophomore Nick Schulze picked off a Thode pass to set up the CMH offense at the North 25. A personal foul by North handed CMH
a key first down before junior Tommy Garza shoved his way into the end zone from 10 yards out with 3:38 left in the third quarter.

Memorial tacked on the final touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by senior Jake Piette.

North sophomore Alec Barth recovered a firstquarter fumble, but the 0-3 Northstars were unable to capitalize.

“Against a team of this caliber, you’re not going to get many opportunities so you have to make the most of them when you get them,” North coach Chris Freiman said. “We need to put the ball in the end zone in that situation.”

Kocour led CMH with 84 yards running on eight carries, while North junior Malik Noblin carried 14 times for 47 yards.


Photo credits - Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
Top:  Waukesha North’s Alec Barth, left, and Jackson Roe dive on a fumble during the first quarter of Friday’s game between North and Catholic Memorial at Waukesha South. Behind Barth and Roe are Catholic Memorial’s Austin Ziolecki, right, and Waukesha North’s Farence Rogers. 
Bottom: Catholic Memorial junior defensive back Jett Siegenthaler brings down Waukesha North junior wide receiver Parker Zitzke during Friday’s game at the Waukesha South stadium. 

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