Phantoms roll in season opener

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West De Pere rolled out its new football model Friday, and for one game at least, the 2010 version appears to be as impressive as its shiny predecessor.

The Phantoms dominated in all three phases, and the end result was a convincing 38-0 win over Seymour in a season-opening battle of reigning Bay Conference champions.

“We definitely came back with plenty of talent,” West De Pere senior cornerback Matt VanDenHeuvel said.

The Phantoms played their first game since advancing to the state finals in Madison for the first time last November, when they lost to Reedsburg for the WIAA Division 3 championship.

West De Pere entered this season as a favorite to extend its Bay record of four straight years of winning at least a share of the league title, but with some question marks on offense after losing several key players to graduation.

West De Pere’s stingy defense, meanwhile, created an unsettling night for Seymour, which shared the Bay crown with the Phantoms and Shawano last year. The Thunder had only 8 total yards in the first half and finished with 109 yards, compared to West De Pere’s 401. (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)

Excellent start to the season.  Way to avenge last year’s loss.

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