Football Cardinals hammer Beloit

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Rob Reischel
Middleton's Kallion Buckner had 190 rushing yards and four touchdowns against Beloit Memorial./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

A game like this was necessary.

Middleton’s football team, which had lost two of its previous three games — including a setback to Madison Memorial seven days earlier — needed a dose of confidence. The Cardinals needed a convincing win.

Bring on Beloit Memorial.

The Cardinals traveled to Beloit last Friday and drilled the host Purple Knights, 46-8. Middleton led 21-0 after the first quarter, 30-0 by halftime and 46-0 through three quarters.

The Cardinals improved to 3-2 in both the Big Eight Conference and overall, while the Purple Knights fell to 1-4, 1-4.

“We definitely did,” Middleton coach Jason Pertzborn said when asked if his team needed a game like that. “Guys were frustrated and needed to get back on the field. It was nice to get after it, and in the end, get pretty much everyone on the field.

“Some guys haven’t had an opportunity since Week 1. That is very hard in a sport like this when there is so much of the practice grind and so little game time. I commend all these guys who stick it out and put in the hard work necessary for a football team to be successful and it is awesome when they get rewarded.”

Middleton senior running back Kallion Buckner continued his magical season with 190 rushing yards on 18 carries (10.6 average) and four touchdowns. Marquez Winters and Anthony Salas both had touchdown runs, as well, and Middleton piled up 320 rushing yards.

“They had no safeties and nine in the box,” Pertzborn said of the Purple Knights. “Right from the get-go (we) just got after it as the rushing stat book showed.

“I don't care what a team’s record is in this conference, it isn't easy to run against nine-man aggressive fronts. We played hungry which is what you need every week in the Big Eight.”

Defensively, the Cardinals held the Purple Knights to just 60 total yards and piled up eight sacks. Michael Parente led the way with two sacks, while Jake Wuebben, Jake Pavelski, Quinn Calvin, Nolan Franzen, Mason Engelein and Coleton Rogeberg all had sacks, as well.

Nolan Dunn and Pavelski each had nine tackles, while Rogeberg had six and Parente had five.

“Ever since Verona (in Week 2) the defense has improved greatly each and every week,” Pertzborn said. “That is the goal to keep getting better and they are. Week in and week out teams are avoiding rushing up the middle because of our front three, which is more like six as we rotate almost everyone except Jake Wuebben.

“We keep getting attacked on the outside trying to take advantage of our inexperience there, but each week guys keep improving. We are so much more aggressive now and we are finally getting a consistent line-up and guys in the right positions. It has been a process, but we are sticking to it and the results are showing.”

That was certainly evident against Beloit Memorial.

Buckner had a 78-yard touchdown run just 18 seconds into the game, then ripped off a 45-yard TD burst on the Cardinals’ next possession to stake Middleton to a 14-0 lead. Winters had a 39-yard TD run late in the third quarter to make it 21-0, then a 1-yard Buckner touchdown plus a safety gave Middleton a 30-0 halftime lead.

Buckner had another 1-yard TD run early in the third quarter to make it 37-0 and start the running clock. The Cardinals notched another safety midway through the quarter, then Salas had a touchdown run as Middleton’s lead ballooned to 46-0.

Middleton hosts Janesville Parker (0-5) Friday at 7 p.m., then travels to Janesville Craig (1-4) Oct. 4. The trio of Beloit, Parker and Craig are a combined 2-13, and Pertzborn knows this is the time for his team to make a move.

“Bottom line is … we cannot stub our toes,” said Pertzborn, whose team then finishes at Sun Prairie and home with Madison La Follette, two teams that are both 4-1. “But first and foremost these are the next couple of opponents on our schedule and at this point we must secure that playoff spot.

“We don't want it to come down to Weeks 8 and 9. We cannot afford to have doubt creep in either. It is time to get on a roll, be confident in each other and what we do as a team. We must embrace the process and keep climbing the mountain. It's about how you finish and that has always been the message.”

 

Sept. 20

MIDDLETON 46, BELOIT MEMORIAL 8

Middleton.............. 21 9 16 0 — 46

Beloit Memorial...... 0 0 0 8 — 8

M — Buckner 78 run (kick good), 11:42

M — Buckner 45 run (kick good), 8:33

M — Winters 39 run (kick good), 3:37

M — Buckner 1 run (kick good), 9:32

M — Engelein safety, 8:44

M — Buckner 1 run (kick good), 9:34

M — Parente safety, 5:52

M — Salas 4 run (kick good), 3:26

BM — Crawford 6 run (Crawford run), 1:16

TEAM STATISTICS

Rushes-yards — M 33-320, BM 23-16. Passing yards — M 36, BM 44. Comp-Att-Int — M 2-8-0, BM 3-8-0.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing: M, Buckner 18-190. BM, Crawford 8-25. Passing: BM, Oberneder 3-0-0-0, Kilgore 3-5-44-0. Receiving: BM, Crawford 1-14, Boyd 3-30.

 

 

 

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