Saturday, November 2, 2013

Statement made!

from today's Waukesha Freeman -
CMH 37
Pewaukee 13
Kicker plays key role
Fridl boots three FGs
By Tom Badger

Freeman Correspondent


WAUKESHA – OK, so the game didn’t live up to its advanced billing.

Nevertheless, junior Zach Fridl sure got a big kick out of it.

Fridl kicked three first half field goals to help the Catholic Memorial High School football team advance to the state quarterfinals with a 37-13 victory over Pewaukee on a soggy Waukesha South High School field.

The defending champion Crusaders, now 10-1, will be on the road next week against Monona Grove.

But not until after they
savor Friday’s victory.

“We’ve kicked two field goals all year and we kicked three tonight,” said Fridl of
his kicks 32, 35 and 33 yards. “It was exciting. I had no idea I would play a role tonight. It also comes down to our  snapper (senior Kory Mueller) and holder (senior Cam Krausert). It’s a team effort on every kick.”

Memorial coach Bill Young said Fridl’s kicks produced “big points.” “After that,” Young said, “we started to get the ball into the end zone. We were physically better tonight.”

The Crusaders also were better protecting the ball. Pewaukee’s four first-half turnovers, three interceptions and a fumble, led to a 16-0 hole at the half.

“Memorial has a big, strong front both offensively and defensively, but when you turn the ball over four times in the first half, it’s a killer,” Pewaukee coach Justin Friske said. “We’ve got wonderful kids, but tonight just wasn’t their night.”

Pewaukee’s first three series ended with two interceptions by CMH sophomore defensive back Matthew Lechner and a fumble recovery by sophomore Zack Taylor.

“In practice, we have a session that prepares us for what’s going to come through the air,” Lechner said. “After the turnovers, our field-goal kicker came up really big. If we didn’t have those three in the first half, who knows what would have happened? The turnovers and field goals were game-changers.”

Taylor’s fumble recovery at the Pewaukee 26-yard line set up Fridl’s first field goal with 3:18 left in the first quarter.

Lechner’s second pick gave Memorial the ball at the Pirates’ 16-yard line. Three plays later, Krausert wedged his way through the defense for a 4-yard touchdown run and a 10-0 lead with 1:15 remaining in the first quarter.

A 26-yard run straight up the middle by CMH senior Alec Kocour got Memorial into scoring position at the Pewaukee 22-yard line with eight minutes left before half, but the Pirates stuffed three runs and Fridl came on to boot a 35-yarder at the 6:12 mark of the second quarter.

Pewaukee’s final drive of the first half ended when
Kocour picked off senior Ben Tempas’ pass at the Crusaders’ 16 with 3:01 to go before halftime.

CMH got a 12-yard run by junior Tommy Garza, a 14yard gain by Kocour and a
13-yard pass from Krausert to senior David Verbockel to set up a 33-yard field goal by Fridl in the closing seconds of the half.

Pewaukee had only 18 yards rushing and 15 yards
passing by halftime.

“Our starting interior front is so big and athletic that when teams try to get on the edge against us, we’re in position because we have strong edge players,” Memorial defensive coordinator Mike Kinateder said. “Pewaukee was a great team this year.

CMH started to wear down the Pirates in the third quarter with a 27-yard TD run by Kocour and a 31-yard touchdown run by senior Jake Piette.

Kocour led Memorial with 119 yards on 14 carries, while Garza went for 98 on 13 carries.

A 2-yard TD run by senior fullback John Clark set the continuous clock in motion, and Pewaukee got two touchdown runs by senior Ryan Stepanovich, including a 42yarder as time expired.

Stepanovich carried 13 times for 97 yards.

Pewaukee finished the season at 9-2.

“It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t have given our best effort but, at the same time, they had something to do with that,” Friske said.

Photo credits: Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

Top - Catholic Memorial junior defensive back Jett Siegenthaler brings down Pewaukee senior tight end Eric Lutzen after Lutzen came down with a pass Friday at Waukesha South. 

Defended by Pewaukee senior defensive back Jeremy Koehler, Catholic Memorial senior wide receiver David Verbockel makes a juggling catch from Cam Krausert on Friday.

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