It sure looks like the West DePere football team is determined to be the first team in the history of the Bay conference to win four straight conference titles. They were clicking on all cylinders in their complete dismantling of previously unbeaten Shawano last Friday night.
In a 51-7 victory they also showed who is the best team in the conference.
“We definitely wanted to come in here and make a statement that we are the best team in this conference,” Phantoms guard Garrett Schuh said. “We did that tonight.”
The Phantoms had their way with Shawano on both sides of the line from the get-go and didn’t let up in winning their sixth consecutive game.
West De Pere scored on eight of its first nine possessions (seven by touchdown, rushed for 350 yards and outgained the Hawks by a whopping 502-147 in total yardage.
“I think we’re the better ballclub,” West De Pere coach Bill Turnquist said. “I knew that. I felt that. The kids played hard all week, they practiced hard and this is the outcome.”
The outcome followed a now predictable script as West DePere’s defense suffocated the Hawk offense while their offense moved the ball on the ground almost at will.
A relentless Phantoms defense held the Hawks to 22 yards in the first half, including minus-5 on the ground.
Shawano didn’t advance the ball past midfield until late in the third quarter. The bulk of its output came on an 80-yard touchdown throw from Keegan Gast to Cody Brandt midway through the fourth quarter to stem the 51-0 tide on which West De Pere was riding.
“We tried almost every play in our playbook, and they just seemed to shut it down,” Gast said. “They were everywhere that we wanted to go.”
The Phantoms forced two turnovers late in the first half as they built a 37-0 halftime lead.
They piled up 372 yards in the first half, including 220 on the ground. (Source: West DePere stops Shawano, keeps title hopes alive – Green Bay Press-Gazette)
So now the Phantoms stand at 6-1 and are riding an impressive six game winning streak where they have outscored opponents 265-50.
Up next for the Phantoms: a home game against the Polar Bears of Hortonville.