Football Cards gun for high seed

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Rob Reischel
Dion Huff (25) and Middleton's football team improved to 7-1 last week./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

If it’s style points you were looking for, Otto Breitenbach Stadium was not where you wanted to be last Friday.

Middleton’s football game with Beloit Memorial was played in heavy rains. The wet and sloppy conditions made it virtually impossible for the Cardinals’ offense to get untracked and turnovers were Middleton’s kryptonite.

In the end, though, Middleton did enough to topple the Purple Knights, 21-7. The Cardinals improved to 7-1 overall and in the Big Eight Conference and won their sixth straight game, while Beloit fell to 2-6.

Middleton closes out the regular season Friday at Madison East (0-8) at Breese Stevens Field at 7 p.m.

The WIAA will determine its seven-division, 224-team playoff field late Friday night and early Saturday morning. Each 32-team division is then split into four, eight-team sections.

The coaches from each section will then gather sometime Saturday and seed their section from No. 1 to No. 8. If the Cardinals defeat the Purgolders Friday, they should earn a top-four seed, which would ensure at least one home playoff game.

“That’s the goal,” Middleton coach Tim Simon said recently. “You never know where the WIAA is going to place you or what teams you’ll be with. So there are some wild cards there. But if we keep winning, we should be in good shape.”

Cardinals senior linebacker Jimmy Frusciante agreed.

“I want to play here again and get that extra home game as a senior,” Frusciante said. “That would be awesome.”

Middleton stayed on track for that with its win over Beloit.

The Cardinals had 340 yards of total offense to just 92 for the Purple Knights and held a 16-5 advantage in first downs. But Middleton committed four turnovers and Beloit didn't have any, which allowed the Purple Knights to stay in the game.

Middleton scored on its first two possessions of the game to grab a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

First, senior running back Dion Huff ripped off a 13-yard touchdown run. One series later, senior quarterback Davis Roquet had a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Cardinals a 14-0 advantage.

It stayed that way until the fourth quarter when Beloit Memorial’s John Rodriguez intercepted Roquet and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown that pulled the Purple Knights within 14-7.

“This isn’t the same old Beloit,” Simon said of a Purple Knights’ program that had just 11 wins this century prior to 2017. “They’re getting better. There’s no doubt about that.”

Middleton answered right back, though, with a 3-yard touchdown run by senior running back James Pabst to regain a 21-7 edge.

Pabst finished with 130 yards rushing on 20 carries (6.5 average), while Huff had 79 yards on 16 carries (4.9). Roquet completed 7-of-14 passes for 131 yards, but was hurt by two interceptions. Senior wideout Cole Ragsdale caught two passes for 77 yards (38.5) to help lead the Cardinals’ passing attack.

Senior linebacker Shane Bick had a huge night on defense with 12 tackles and a forced fumble, while senior defensive tackle Tyler Smith had two sacks and five tackles. Frusciante added eight tackles, while senior defensive end Ryan Fortney had six tackles and a sack and senior defensive end Ryan Lewis added six tackles.

 

Oct. 6

Middleton 21, Beloit Memorial 7

Beloit Memorial ………. 0  0  0  7 — 7

Middleton ………………. 14 0 0 7 — 21

MID — Huff 13 run (Culp kick)

MID — Roquet 1 run (Culp kick)

BM — Rodriguez 78 interception

MID — Pabst 3 run (Culp kick)

TEAM STATISTICS

First downs — BM 5, MID 16. Rushing (Att.-Yds.) — BM 30-42, MID 50-209. Passing yards — BM 62, MID 131. Passes (Comp.-Att.-Int.) — BM 5-20-0, MID 7-14-2. Fumbles-lost — BM 0-0, MID 2-2. Penalties-yards — BM 5-35, MID 3-41.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing: BM, Hereford Jr. 14-70. MID, Pabst 20-130. Passing: BM, Clark 1-1-0-53. MID, Roquet 7-14-2-131. Receiving: BM, Wedig 4-56. MID, Ragsdale 2-77.

 

 

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