Riding the ground game into Round 3

West DePere is moving on in the Division 3 playoffs in it’s quest for a state title after trampling the Green Bay Notre Dame Tritons.

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If the West De Pere football team plays like this, it could end up advancing to the program’s first state championship game.

The Phantoms dominated Green Bay Notre Dame in a 42-21 win in a WIAA Division 3 second-round playoff game at Notre Dame’s Ted Fritsch Field on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday afternoon it was a heavy dose of the ground game and senior running back Beau Bellmore.

Behind a strong and sturdy offensive line, West De Pere running back Beau Bellmore had one of the best games of his career, rushing 39 times for 316 yards and three touchdowns.

The 5-foot-9, 165-yard senior had 41 touches, just two fewer than Notre Dame’s entire offense.

The Phantoms (10-1) outgained the Tritons 425 to 276 in total yards and held the ball for 30 minutes, 17 seconds.

While West De Pere effectively has mixed in the pass with the run this season, it didn’t need to in this one. Notre Dame couldn’t stop the run, allowing 362 yards on 60 carries.

Coach Turnquist had high praise for his team after the dominating victory.

“It’s hard to explain,” said West De Pere coach Bill Turnquist, whose team has won 10 straight games. “We relied primarily on the run. Our kids liked that and enjoyed that. We stuck with it.

“(Bellmore) earned every bit of it. He had to twist and turn a number of times and get first downs. At the end of the third quarter, I thought we were going to take him out because he was banged up a little bit. He said he wanted to get back in.”

Notre Dame’s coach said what many in the area may be saying after seeing this Phantoms team first-hand.

“They have all the tools,” Notre Dame coach Mike Rader said. “They have got a good back. They have a good passing game and they have a good defense. You put all that stuff together, and they could go pretty deep.” (Source: Bellmore carries West DePere past Notre Dame – Green Bay Press-Gazette)

Up next: a home game next Friday or Saturday against Kewaskum.

 

 

 

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