Lightning strikes Polar Bears
Hortonville scoreless as rain pours
By Scott Bellile
Hortonville couldn’t turn out any points at its first home game of the season against Appleton North on Friday, Aug. 28.
The Polar Bears were crushed by the Appleton North Lightning 24-0 at Akin Field.
Three minutes before halftime, the Lightning scored their first touchdown off an eight-yard run. They missed the extra point.
A minute into the fourth quarter, the Lightning ran 22 yards for the touchdown but missed a two-point conversion afterward. With the score at 12-0, the Lightning scored a five-yard touchdown with six-and-a-half minutes to go. Less than 30 seconds later, a 61-yard touchdown gave the Lightning their last touchdown.
Polar Bears head football coach Andy Kolosso said the Lightning executed strong plays. He envisioned a turnaround in the second half.
“It just didn’t happen,” Kolosso said. “We just couldn’t get a big play.”
The Polar Bears passed for 37 yards and rushed for 56 yards. They fell victim to three interceptions.
Despite the poor weather, Hortonville managed to have a considerable crowd.
About 50 former Polar Bears football players walked onto the field for a rainy halftime ceremony to congratulate former Hortonville football coach and athletic director Mike Sexton on his induction into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class of 2015.