Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Shawn Meyer,
Eighth-grade football coach
The eighth-grade football team wrapped up their season Tuesday, Oct. 19, with a win against Howard Lake. The season began with a trip to Eden Valley. The Cubs played extremely tough defense and did enough to win 20-0 on offense. The Cubs scored on a deep pass from Troy Filzen to Ben Theisen. Also from the Cubs offense, Troy Filzen threw a hook pass to Ben Theisen, and he tossed it to Chris Anderson for a long hook and ladder touchdown.
After Eden Valley/Watkins, the Cubs hosted a very tough Maple Lake team. On the first offensive play of the game, the Cubs offensive line of Jared Merchant, Brandon Loch, Will Spaulding, Ted Zipoy, Tyler Smith, Josh Miller, and Isaiah Ehlinger led the way for running back Chris Anderson to the end zone on a 55-yard touchdown. The Cubs added a two-point conversion, and led early 8-0. The game went back and forth until late in the fourth quarter when Maple Lake converted a long-pass play and a short run later scored a touchdown. They added a two-point conversion and the game was tied 8-8. After another attempt, the Cubs moved the ball well but couldn't score, ending in an 8-8 tie.
Howard Lake was next on the schedule; the Cubs again dominated on defense. In this game, the young Cubs started their third quarterback in as many games. Ty Morrison took over as quarterback and did a great job scoring on a naked quarterback boot play. Chris Anderson also ran very hard and scored two touchdowns. The Cubs won this game 22-0. Next, the Cubs scored early and often against Rockford, including a score by the special teams Ð Joey VonWahlde returned a kickoff for a touchdown. The Cubs scored seven touchdowns in this game. As impressive as the Cubs were on offense, they were as impressive on defense, led in this game by a very tough defensive line and middle linebacker that includes Tyler Smith, Skyler Schiefelbein, Jake Leither, Ted Zipoy, Tanner Schreifels, Jared Merchant, and Troy Filzen. ÊThe Cubs won 48-0.
Up next was the second match-up against Eden Valley/Watkins. The young Cubs came out flat and never really got over it. With the cubs up 6-0, the Eagles scored on a long pass play and tied the game at 6-6. The Cubs kept fighting and scored late in the game on a touchdown by Ty Morrison to win the game 12-6.
Next was a rematch with Maple Lake. The Cubs would be without their starting quarterback, so Ben Theisen had to step into that role. This would not be easy against a very tough team, but Ben played excellently, and led the team very well. The game went back and forth, but the cubs came up short at the end of the game, and lost their only game of the year by a score of 18-26. The Cubs scored a defensive touchdown when Skyler Schiefelbein took the handoff from the Irish quarterback and ran for a touchdown.
The Cubs won a rematch with Rockford 34-0 behind some very good running from Joey VonWahlde, Chris Anderson, and Jared Merchant. On defense again, the Cubs were very strong with Troy Filzen, Tanner Schreifels, Jake Leither, Brandon Loch, Josh Miller, and Will Spaulding having very good games. Isaiah Ehlinger had a very nice touchdown caught on a play action on the goal line.
The last game of the year was against Howard Lake. The Cubs again came out flat and struggled throughout the game. Ben Theisen had two big pass plays to Ty Morrison, one for a touchdown that was critical to the Cubs. Troy Filzen, Jared Merchant, Brandon Loch, Will Spaulding, Ted Zipoy, Tyler Smith all made many key blocks. The Cubs were down by two with fourteen seconds left in the game, when Ben Theisen threw a hook and ladder to Ty Morrison who pitched it to Chris Anderson who scored a touchdown. The Cubs won the game 26-22.
This group of young men are very special, and our community should be very proud of them. They were truly a joy to coach.