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Pirates reign supreme in FRCC showdown

By Murray Gleffe


ASHWAUBENON—The Bay Port Pirates’ football team scored on their first six drives of the game and defeated the Ashwaubenon Jaguars by a final of 55-0 in a contest played October 4 at Goelz Field.

With the victory, Bay Port has now shut out five of its seven opponents on the year and scored 364 points while giving up only 28.

Bay Port (7-0) quarterback Andrew Thomas threw for 112 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 78 yards and one score.

Isaiah Gash added 140 yards and three touchdowns on the ground for the Pirates.

Pirates No. 41 Isaiah Gash walks into the endzone for a touchdown. Photo by Murray Gleffe

The Jaguars (6-1) were held to under 40 yards of total offense, two first downs, and punted seven times.

Bay Port defense end Max Meeuwsen registered four tackles for losses.

“Max works terribly hard as do all those guys,” said Gary Westerman, Bay Port head coach. “They accept getting coached and our execution was very good on that side of the ball tonight.”

After a quick three and out by the Jaguars, Bay Port marched 41 yards in 7 plays capped off by Thomas’s 17-yard touchdown run to give the Pirates an early 7-0 lead.

Perhaps an early turning point happened on Ashwaubenon’s second drive.

Facing a 3rd and inches from its own 21, quarterback Cadian Vang elected to not sneak for the first down and got sacked for a huge loss.

After a shanked punt, Bay Port’s Jayden Montgomery scurried in from a yard out, a couple minutes later, to give the visitors a 14-0 lead with 3:35 still left in the first quarter.

“We had some stuff in that we didn’t get to,” added Westerman. “The reality is we worked with a short field in the first half. We stuck with the run exclusively and our offensive line gave our backs some nice holes.”

Bay Port added a third touchdown run by Gash to open the second quarter up and then leaned on the big play to end the half.

After back-to-back punts by the Jaguars, Thomas hooked up with David Carpiaux from 60 yards out and then was part of a flea-flicker to Bryce VanHemelryk to Sam Plumb for 52 yards to end the quarter that gave the Pirates a 41-0 lead at halftime.

“They are a well-coached team with a ton of good players,” said Brian Ryczkowski, Ashwaubenon head coach. “Offensively we tried to max protect and get some receivers open, but it just didn’t happen tonight.”

With a running clock in effect to start the second half, the Pirates added third and fourth quarter touchdowns to provide the final margin.

“It might sound cliché, but we are just focused on getting better each week,” added Westerman. “Nothing more, nothing less.”

Box Score:

Bay Port: 14, 27, 7, 7—55

Ashwaubenon: 0, 0, 0, 0—0


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