Krueger’s monster game powers Gillett to win

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RB scores 8 TDS as Tigers rout Eagles
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Bo Krueger, right, waits for Tyler Lockstein (18) to execute a block during Gillett’s rout of Menominee Indian on Aug. 23 in Keshena. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Stopping Gillett junior running back Bo Krueger is no easy feat for opposing defenses. Menominee Indian was the latest team to learn that lesson.
Krueger recorded over 300 total yards and scored eight touchdowns to lift Gillett to a 70-12 win over Menominee Indian on Thursday.
Gillett received the opening kickoff, and in just over a minute, scored its first touchdown when Anthony Carroll broke free for a 61-yard rushing score.
Following a thrilling week one overtime win, the Tigers knew getting on the scoreboard first was key to keeping the momentum rolling.
“We came into that game ready to win, we had our game plan set and knew just what to do.” Carroll said. “Our offensive line did an amazing job creating holes and sealing the edges of the Menominee defensive line and really played like a team.”
Menominee Indian’s first possession did not go as well, as the team fumbled on the first play before a penalty left the Eagles with a third-and-long. After an incomplete pass, Menominee Indian punted the ball back to Gillett.
On the second play of the drive, the Tigers called a passing play and quarterback Brock Herzog found Krueger open in the flat. Krueger turned upfield and rumbled 35 yards to the end zone.
A penalty on third down left Menominee Indian with a third-and-long again on its second drive of the contest. A pass attempt was undercut by Gillett’s Sam Lemens, who picked off the pass and set the Tigers up in plus-territory.
After a first down run by Krueger, Herzog connected with Lemens for another passing score.
Gillett forced Menominee Indian into three-and-outs on its next two possessions, and the Tigers’ offense turned short fields into a pair of Krueger rushing TDs.
Menominee Indian finally picked up a first down on its next drive but eventually needed to punt. A booming kick left the Tigers with a long field.
Krueger took a handoff on the first play of the drive and scampered 73 yards to bring the score to 42-0.
Gillett again forced Menominee Indian to punt on its next possession but the Eagles’ defense rose to the challenge when it got back on the field.
Menominee Indian recovered a fumble, leaving the Eagles with great field position. The hosts were not able to cash in the turnover, as the Tigers aggressive defense forced a sack on fourth down to end the drive.
Gillett fumbled for a second straight drive though, again providing the Eagles with good starting field position. This time, Menominee Indian cashed in. After the running game led the team down the field, Pasen Waupoose hit Adrien Waupoose on a 14-yard touchdown pass.
Gillett had an answer to cap its strong first half, as Krueger burst through the line before racing 55 yards for his fifth touchdown.
Krueger scored the first touchdown of the second half before Menominee Indian returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards.
Krueger then added touchdown runs of 10- and 30-yards to cap the scoring.
“Right now we are playing good team football,” Gillett coach Jesse Witcraft said. “My offensive line, I cannot say enough about their play, from the run blocking to the pass blocking. It’s really showing in our running game, but without the offensive lineman, they wouldn’t be able to do what they’re doing. Defensively, I think we are flying around really well right now, getting bodies to the football.”
Krueger finished with 306 rushing yards and his 35-yard TD reception while Carroll totaled 134 yards on the ground. Logan Block led the defense with seven solo tackles, six assisted tackles and a sack while Carroll had three solo tackles, seven assisted tackles and 1½ sacks. Lemens also recorded a sack while Krueger and Tyler Lockstein each had four solo tackles and four assisted tackles.
Gillett 28 20 16 6
Menominee Indian 0 6 6 0
First quarter
G: Anthony Carroll 61-yard run (run failed), 10:58
G: Bo Krueger 35-yard pass from Brock Herzog (Krueger run), 8:36
G: Sam Lemens 24-yard pass from Herzog (Krueger run), 6:15
G: Krueger 38-yard run (pass failed), 4:16
Second quarter
G: Krueger 3-yard run (Logan Block pass from Krueger), 11:44
G: Krueger 73-yard run (run failed), 7:38
MI: Adrien Waupoose 14-yard pass from Pasen Waupoose (pass failed), 1:07
G: Krueger 55-yard run (run failed), 54.1
Third quarter
G: Krueger 67-yard run (Lemens run), 8:30
MI: Bryce Dixon 84-yard kickoff return (run failed), 5:50
G: Krueger 10-yard run (Carroll run), 10.3
Fourth quarter
G: Krueger 30-yard run (run failed), 6:28
Records: Gillett 2-0; Menominee Indian 0-2.