Panthers no match for West De Pere

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Coach sees improvement in 58-7 loss
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Photos by Josh Thompson

Panthers quarterback Samuel Konitzer avoids a sack during Friday’s game against West De Pere at Memorial Field in Oconto Falls. The Panthers lost 58-7.

The Oconto Falls High School football team lost to seven-time Bay Conference champion West De Pere 58-7 Friday at Memorial Field in Oconto Falls.

“West De Pere is obviously one of the best in the state,” Oconto Falls coach Jeff Trochil said. “Our first quarter was not our best football. A lot of it was it took us a while to get used to how good they really were.”

West De Pere (2-0, 1-0 Bay) rolled to a 28-0 first quarter lead and was up 38-0 by halftime.

Trochil said his team played much better the rest of the way.

“I was very pleased with our effort,” Trochil said. “We had a big stop in the second quarter and forced them to take a field goal, kind of got it started defensively and offensively we moved the football and got some first downs on them. Against a team of that calibre, that was a big positive for our kids.”

Oconto Falls (0-2, 0-2 Bay) scored its first touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter when Tyler Kowalczyk punched it in from 4 yards out. Kowalczyk led all rushers with 94 yards on 14 carries.

“Tyler did a great job,” Trochil said. “A lot of that was great reads off of (Samuel) Konitzer. I thought the offensive line was very much improved this week.”

Oconto Falls quarterback Samuel Konitzer went four of eight passing for 32 yards and an interception. Zachary Bryne caught three of those passes for 32 yards.

West De Pere quarterback Beau Mommaerts was three for three for 78 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Chandler Diekvoss caught all three passes, two for touchdowns. Dominique Conway rushed nine times for 50 yards and three touchdowns. Zackary Sanders added a 69-yard touchdown run and Alex Schmitt had a 33-yard touchdown run.

Trochil said his goal going into the game was to see improvement and he thought the Panthers showed that.

“Whenever you’re playing a team of that calibre and have improvement it’s a real positive thing,” Trochil said. “We weren’t pleased with the score on it, obviously you want to win, but taking positives out of it is a lot better than going through a game like that and not having any.”

The Panthers have a bye this week to regroup before traveling to Marinette (1-1, 1-1 Bay) Sept. 13.