Turnover bug bites Indians
Weyauwega-Fremont drops football opener
By Greg Seubert
Christmas is still four months away, but the Weyauwega-Fremont football team is already handing out gifts.
The Indians turned the ball over five times – including a fumble and a pair of interceptions on their last three drives – in a 20-14 season-opening loss to Cashton Aug. 23.
Four of the game’s five touchdowns came in the second quarter.
Cashton broke a scoreless tie 2:13 into the quarter on Austin Schaldach’s 38-yard touchdown pass to Trevin Freit on fourth down.
Weyauwega-Fremont answered on its next drive with Max Meyerhofer’s 14-yard run with 7:30 to go before halftime. John Mueller added the extra point and the Indians had a 7-6 lead.
The Eagles found the end zone two more times before halftime on Alec Wall’s 4-yard pass to Schaldach on fourth-and-goal. Wall connected with Freit on the two-point conversion and Cashton had the lead for good at 14-7.
The Eagles struck again with 40 seconds remaining in the half on Wall’s 56-yard pass to Michael Barnes that gave the visitors a 20-7 lead at the break.
Meyerhofer threw a 20-yard pass to Brody Arndt with 2:37 remaining in the third quarter that cut the Eagles’ lead to 20-14.
Weyauwega-Fremont had chances down the stretch, but fumbled the ball inside the Cashton 10-yard line and two other late drives ended with interceptions.
The Indians outgained the Eagles 233-16 on the ground, but Cashton had a 204-85 advantage through the air.
Meyerhofer finished with 171 yards on 29 carries, while Colton Reeck added 46 yards on nine attempts.
Quinn Dittman completed six of 10 passes for 62 yards for the Indians in his first varsity start at quarterback.
The loss snapped Cashton’s 10-game losing streak that began with the final game of the 2017 season.
Weyauwega-Fremont will travel to Brillion for another nonconference matchup at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30.
• In other games involving area teams, Menasha defeated Waupaca 30-0, Montello/Princeton/Green Lake beat Iola-Scandinavia 28-22 in overtime, Manawa picked up a 7-0 win over Markesan, Amherst topped Antigo 42-6 in Waupaca and Wild Rose fell to Necedah 48-8.