Oconto Falls loses to Luxemburg-Casco, 54-20

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Oconto Falls High School quarterback Sam Konitzer tries to find some running room during Friday’s game against Luxemburg-Casco. Oconto Falls lost 54-20.

The Oconto Falls High School football team allowed 47 points before getting on the scoreboard in the first half of Friday’s Bay Conference game against Luxemburg-Casco in Oconto Falls.

The Panthers could not overcome the slow start and fell 54-20 to the Spartans (4-4, 3-4 Bay).

Oconto Falls (0-7, 0-7 Bay) got on the scoreboard late in the second quarter when Sam Konitzer found Zachary Brye for a 15-yard touchdown.

“We were able to put together a drive just before the end of the second quarter, and that gave us some confidence heading into the second half,” Oconto Falls coach Jeff Trochil said.

The Panthers took the opening drive of the second half into Spartan territory, but a Konitzer pass was intercepted by Cole Kirchman, who returned for a touchdown that put Luxemburg-Casco up 54-7.

“It was a tough swing,” Trochil said. “It was a 14-point swing. Kontizer got hit on a blitz as he was throwing, the guy intercepted it and we were unable to run him down.”

In the fourth quarter, Konitzer scored on a 39-yard run and Tyler Kowalczyk punched it in from 1 yard out.

Konitzer completed four of nine passes for 71 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also led the team in rushing with 119 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. All four completions were to Brye.

“I thought the offense executed well in the second half,” Trochil said. “It would have been interesting to see how the game went without that interception.”

Luxemburg-Casco quarterback Caleb Willems completed three of four passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Worachek had 159 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.

“A lot of credit goes to Luxemburg-Casco,” Trochil said. “They needed this game for the playoffs, and they came out and played like a playoff football team.”

Oconto Falls will close its season against Seymour.

“We’re hoping to have our kids play their best football game,” Trochil said. “Move up the field and put four quarters together.”