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Eagles tune up for playoffs with shutout of Parkview

Fennimore holds Vikings to 45 total yards in blowout win

POSTED October 18, 2017 12:56 p.m.

FENNIMORE — Zach Davis rushed for 96 yards and three touchdowns and the Fennimore defense was completely dominate in Friday’s 44–0 non-conference victory over visiting Orfordville Parkview.

The victory was a nice tune up for the upcoming playoffs and a nice get-healthy bounce back after the previous week’s 42–13 loss to SWAL co-champion Mineral Point.

Backup quarterback Maguire Fitzgerald tossed a 41-yard touchdown to senior Trevor Neuroth on Fennimore’s opening drive, and Davis added the two-point conversion run to give Fennimore an early 8–0 lead three minutes into the game. Fitzgerald, who is filling in for the injured Reid Larson (hip), completed 5 of 7 passes for 104 yards and one touchdown and added a 14-yard TD run midway through the third quarter to close out the scoring.

The Fennimore defense forced a three-and-out and senior Liam Kenney returned the punt 56 yards for the score. Davis added another two-point conversion to make it 16–0.
Davis scored on a 17-yard run with 1:30 left in the opening quarter, and scored on runs of 6 and 5 yards in the second quarter to give the Eagles a 37–0 halftime lead.

Sophomore Aidan Nutter had a team-high seven tackles to lead the Fennimore defense, which held the winless Vikings (0–9) to just 45 yards of total offense in the game, including negative-11 yards rushing on 25 carries.

Junior Derek Kephart and sophomore Will Ahnen each had six tackles for Fennimore. Junior Noah James had three of the Eagles’ eight quarterback sacks. Junior Logan O’Brien had a pair of sacks.

Fennimore (7–2, 4–2 SWAL) earned the #4 seed in its eight-team bracket of the WIAA Division 6 playoffs and will host #5 Pecatonica/Arygle (7–2) in Friday night’s opening round. The Vikings finished third in the Six Rivers Conference behind Black Hawk (9–0) and Potosi/Cassville (7–2). Pec/Argyle also lost its quarterback this year. Junior Colton Schraepfer broke his collar bone in a 38–14 loss at Potosi/Cassville on Sept. 15.

With a win, Fennimore would advance to face either #1 Markesan (8–1) or #8 Darlington (4–5).

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