Last Friday it was another blowout victory for the West DePere Phantoms.
And what the Phantoms accomplished on dry land long before that was a sight to behold in a 58-7 Bay Conference rout.
Derek VandenLangenberg scored on a 76-yard fumble return on the game-opening series, and Beau Bellmore followed with three of his four touchdowns as West De Pere surged to a 37-7 halftime lead.
The Phantoms (4-1, 3-1) have won four straight games since an overtime loss at Seymour in the season opener.
Against Marinette it was the Bellmore show on offense.
The senior running back turned 19 carries into 209 yards and three touchdowns in a little more than two quarters of action, highlighted by a 69-yard dash to the end zone amid a downpour in the third quarter.
Bellmore also had a nifty 26-yard touchdown on a screen pass from Michael Linssen in the second quarter.
Bellmore, who had three catches for 37 yards, accounted for more than half of West De Pere’s 454 total yards with 246 all-purpose yards.
And on defense it “rained” turnovers.
The Phantoms forced six fumbles, blocked a punt and held winless Marinette (0-5 overall, Bay) to 121 total yards.
So what’s changed since that week 1 loss?
“We’re starting to jell a lot better. Everyone’s in sync,” Bellmore said. (Source: ‘In sync’ Phantoms crush Marinette – Green Bay Press-Gazette)
That may be an understatement. Granted Marinette and Oconto Falls are both winless but beating them by 51 and48 respectively sends a statement. As does all four wins being by at least 3 touchdowns leading to an average margin of victory of 37.
Make no mistake the Phantoms are on a roll since the hiccup against Seymour.
Up next: the Spartans of Luxemburg-Casco