Cougars crash the party
Superior Central gets first win, spoils C-N home opener
By JOHN VRANCIC
Escanaba Daily Press
POWERS — More than 40 years had passed since Carney-Nadeau last played in a home football game.
The Wolves were provided with that opportunity on this sunny and mild Saturday afternoon as they hosted Superior Central in a Western Eight Conference contest at North Central.
Superior Central, however, crashed the party by posting a 68-14 triumph.
“You never mean to spoil anybody’s party, but we really needed this win,” said Cougars’ coach Sam Eggleston.
“We wanted to get some positive traction going into our next game (Friday at Forest Park). We knew they (Carney) were young and talented. We were impressed with some of their speed. I think they’ll be competitive in this league the next two years.”
The victory enabled the Cougars to improve to 1-2 overall and in the league. Carney also 1-2 overall, but 0-2 in the conference.
The Wolves gave their fans something to cheer about in the final four seconds, however, as sophomore quarterback Max Baumler pounced on a loose ball in the endzone for their second touchdown.
Carney gained its final possession when sophomore Gian Ebsolo recovered a fumble on the Cougars’ 31-yard line, scooped up the loose ball and returned it to the three, two plays before Baumler’s fumble recovery.
The Cougars seized control quickly, scoring on four of their first five plays.
Senior Austin Swetich executed on onside kick to start the game and the Cougars recovered on the Carney 48.
Two plays later, senior Josh Kulik sprinted around left end for a 42-yard TD and the Cougars were up 8-0.
“We wanted to set the tone and control the tempo, and I thought we did a good job of that,” said Eggleston.
“I was impressed with their quarterback. He has good poise and makes good decisions.”
Junior Roubens Fink put the Cougars by 16-0 on a 25-yard dash around left end junior QB Beau Rondeau added a score on an 11-yard run through the right side for a 24-0 advantage.
Carney then put together a drive which reached the Superior Central two on three straight pass plays. But the drive stalled at the two where the Wolves turned the ball over on downs.
On the next play, Fink dashed around right end for a 98-yard TD and a 32-0 cushion.
“It was exciting to have this many fans and play in our home uniforms,” said Carney coach Jim Belec. “I just wish we could have had a better start. We’re a young team and they were able to jump on us right away. We’re still a work in progress. It’s nice to have a year under our belts, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
The Cougars scored all of their TDs on the ground. Rondeau, who attempted just one pass, ran for five scores. Fink added a pair of TDs and senior Wade Krysiak scored on a 10-yard run through the left side.
Baumler threw a TD pass of 52 yards to LaFord in the second stanza.
The Cougars collected 403 yards in total offense. The Wolves, who face Wisconsin School for the Deaf at Delavan Thursday, finished with 134.