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Truckers can’t keep up with Amherst

Clintonville defensive back Zachary Johnson covers Amherst wide receiver Spencer Cohen. Greg Seubert Photo

Falcons top Clintonville in opener

By Greg Seubert

Get the ball and score a touchdown.

It was a game plan that worked to perfection for the Amherst football team in its season opener.

The Falcons scored on eight of their 11 possessions, led 58-19 at halftime and went on to post a 65-19 nonconference win over Clintonville Aug. 18.

Clintonville was able to keep pace with the Falcons early, as the teams combined to score five touchdowns in the first quarter alone.

Amherst quarterback Michael Benjamin scored the first of his five rushing touchdowns from 12 yards out to cap the Falcons’ first drive. Clintonville answered on its next drive with Kade Rosenow’s 64-yard touchdown pass to Jack Yaeger. Jonathan Scherschel’s extra point gave the Truckers their only lead of the game, but it didn’t last long, as Benjamin scored from 4 yards out on Amherst’s next drive.

Rosenow hooked up with Yaeger on the Truckers’ next drive for an 11-yard scoring pass that cut the home team’s lead to 14-13, but Benjamin found the end zone for the third time in the opening quarter with an 80-yard run that gave the Falcons a 22-13 lead heading into the second quarter.

Clintonville defenders Linken Korth and Jack Yaeger team up to tackle Amherst’s Westin Allen Aug. 18 in the season opener for both teams. Westin rushed for 136 yards in the Falcons’ 65-19 win over the Truckers. Greg Seubert Photo

Amherst pulled away by scoring on their first five drives of the second quarter. Westin Allen scored on runs of 8 and 31 yards; Benjamin scored on runs of 5 and 19 yards; and also had a 26-yard pass to Noel Spoelstra that gave the Falcons a 58-13 lead.

Scherschel returned an Amherst kickoff 95 yards, but that turned out to be the final time the Truckers found the end zone.

Amherst’s Ayden Nerdahl scored the only touchdown of the second half on a 73-yard run in the fourth quarter.

The Falcons outgained the Truckers 497-215 and had a 400-62 advantage in rushing yards. Rosenow completed 10 of 25 passes for 150 yards. Zander Schroeder led the Truckers in rushing with 73 yards on only three carries.

Allen and Benjamin each had 136 rushing yards on 10 and nine carries, respectively.

  • Northwoods Conference results: Aug. 17: Chilton 46, Crivitz 27 (NC); Coleman 46, Peshtigo 16 (NC). Aug. 18: Amherst 65, Clintonville 19 (NC); Oconto Falls 36, Oconto 0 (NC); Hurley 24, Crandon 8 (NC); Rhinelander 22, Tomahawk 21 (NC). Aug. 24 schedule: Coleman at Bonduel, 7 p.m. (NC). Aug. 25 schedule: Mosinee at Clintonville, 7 p.m. (NC); Merrill at Crandon, 7 p.m. (NC); Shiocton at Crivitz, 7 p.m. (NC); Oconto Falls at Peshtigo, 7 p.m. (NC); Tomahawk at Lakeland, 7 p.m. (NC).
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