T-Birds come up short at Amherst
Falcons win conference opener
By Greg Seubert
Give the Amherst football team the ball and there’s a good chance it’ll end up in the end zone.
That certainly was the case in the Central Wisconsin-8 Conference opener, as the Falcons scored on nine of their first 10 drives Sept. 4 in a 68-27 home win over the Thunderbirds.
The T-Birds took the opening kickoff and moved the ball inside Amherst’s 20-yard line, but Kyle Jobke missed a field goal.
The Falcons responded on their second play from scrimmage, as Garrett Groshek and Mitchell Glodowski hooked up for a 71-yard touchdown pass.
I-S got on the board later in the first quarter, as Cameron Gruenwald connected with Caleb Loken for a 19-yard TD pass. It was the first of three touchdown passes for the duo, as Loken also scored on a 39-yarder in the second quarter and a 26-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Brandon Piotrowski gave Amherst a 14-6 lead in the first quarter with a 1-yard run and the Falcons added five more scores in the second quarter.
Groshek threw a 35-yard TD pass to Benjamin Gutschow to make it 21-6 and Groshek scored on a 70-yard run.
Gruenwald and Loken hooked up for their second score to make it 27-12, but Groshek added to Amherst’s lead with another TD run, this one from 74 yards.
The Falcons weren’t finished in the first half, as Piotrowski scored from 3 yards out to make it 47-12 at halftime.
The Falcons scored on their first two possessions of the second half, as Groshek tossed a 12-yard TD pass to Harry Piotrowski. The Falcons soon had the ball back after Glodowski’s interception and found the end zone again on Devin Ostrowski’s 1-yard run.
Gruenwald’s third TD to loken cut the Falcons’ lead to 61-19, but Amherst’s Chandler Benn scored on a 63-yard run for the Falcons’ final score.
Bryce Huettner scored the game’s 14th touchdown with a 78-yard run in the fourth quarter.
• Amherst’s upcoming game with Bonduel has been rescheduled. The Falcons were originally scheduled to take on the Bears Saturday, Sept. 12, in Shawano, but the game will now be played at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Ashwaubenon High School.