SWU leaves no doubt, routs CM-C
BREWSTER -- Dominating in nearly every phase of the game Saturday afternoon, Southwestern United defeated Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 59-8 in Southwest Ridge Conference football action.
Ten Wildcats combined to run the ball 51 times for 323 yards and five touchdowns, as SWU took advantage of a short field throughout the game.
"We have a lot of guys that can run the ball," SWU co-head coach Jason Fisher said. "Our line did a good job of opening up holes, and our backs did a good job of running hard through the holes."
Quarterback Lon Eichenberger completed six passes for 101 yards and three touchdowns, and Octavio Jimenez kicked a 30-yard field goal and was a perfect 8-for-8 on extra-point attempts, giving the freshman 11 points, the most for a kicker in a single game in team history.
SWU's defense -- which held CM/C to minus-41 yards rushing on 18 attempts and came up with six quarterback sacks -- forced six turnovers (four fumble recoveries and two interceptions), and stopped the young Cougars short of midfield on nearly every one of their possessions, giving the Wildcats great field position throughout the game.
Following a three-and-out by the Cougars on the game's opening drive, the Wildcats took over at their own 48-yard line and put the ball into the hands of Alex Leopold (17 carries, 107 yards) and Josh Olson to score the game's first points.
Leopold's four rushes for 36 yards and Olson's two carries of five yards apiece put the ball at the Cougars' 6-yard line. Leopold then took a sweep to the left and scooted into the end zone with 7:38 left in the first quarter. Jimenez added the point-after kick to put SWU up 7-0.
On the Cougars' ensuing possession, SWU's Trevor Leopold put a big hit on CM/C quarterback Tony Schumacher, causing him to fumble. Bill Blumberg recovered the first of his two fumbles at CM/C's 21-yard line, and the Wildcats were back in business.
On fourth-and-six from the 17, Eichenberger rolled to his left and found Alex Leopold open in the end zone for a touchdown strike. Jimenez's kick was good, and SWU led 14-0 with 5:24 left in the opening quarter.
The score stayed the same until the 10:47 mark of the second quarter, when Eichenberger hit Shaun Mathias in the left corner of the end zone from 12 yards out. With Jimenez's kick, the Wildcats led 21-0.
Mathias then intercepted Schumacher at CM/C's 17-yard line, setting up a 30-yard field-goal try by Jimenez. The kick was perfect, banging off the scoreboard, which now read SWU 24, CM/C 0, with 9:09 left in the first half.
Olson got into the scoring act when he galloped eight yards untouched on the Wildcats' next possession. Jimenez added the kick to give him seven points, and SWU a 31-0 advantage with 6:18 to go before halftime.
After a spectacular, diving 29-yard catch by Lloyd Kalfs on a Tyler Timko pass set SWU up at CM/C's 5-yard line, Alex Leopold plunged in with 1:24 left before intermission. Jimenez again split the uprights, and SWU led 38-0 at the break.
Eichenberger and Kalfs hooked up for a 29-yard touchdown connection with 6:43 left in the third quarter before Jimenez added the PAT to make it 45-0.
SWU's Dustin Casper rushed for an eight-yard touchdown with 2:40 left in the third quarter, and Nick Ober (12 carries, 74 yards) raced 26 yards for a score just before the third quarter ended. Jimenez was true on both attempts, and the Wildcats led 59-0 with 12 minutes to play.
"Octavio has been clutch for us so far," Fisher said. "This was a great team victory in our home opener. We did a lot of good things out there today, and hopefully we can carry it into next week."
CM/C -- which did have some success through the air (10-for-25, 160 yards) -- scored its only points with 3:17 left in the game when Gavin Maurer capped a nice Cougar drive by hitting Alex Madsen with a 21-yard touchdown strike. Maurer and Serbus hooked up for the two-point conversion to complete the scoring at 59-8.
Mike Stenzel led the Wildcats with nine tackles, including two sacks. Tyler Stenzel had seven tackles, Riley Van Westen had an interception, and Josh Kruger and Mitch Reimers each recovered a fumble.
SWU (2-0) travels to Winsted to play Holy Trinity Friday.
CM/C 0 0 0 8 -- 8
SWU 14 24 21 0 -- 59