BELMONT — Pecatonica/Argyle quarterback Drew Schliem tossed two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead the visiting Vikings over Belmont, 28-8, in a Six Rivers Conference season opener at BHS on Friday, Aug. 22.
Schliem hooked up with Cam Treuthardt on a 47-yard scoring strike in the first quarter to put the Vikings (1–0 overall) into the lead to stay, and they teamed up again from 24 yards out early in the second quarter to go up 14–0.
The Braves (0–1) answered with an 8-yard touchdown run by senior running back Mitch Ray to get on the board, and Ray punched in the conversion as well to trim the deficit to 14–8.
Pec/Argyle didn’t let the Braves celebrate for long as Anthony Hendrickson returned the ensuing kickoff 76 yards for a TD to put the Vikings ahead 21–8.
Schliem tacked on a 13-yard scoring jaunt late in the second quarter to extend the lead to 28–8, and then left it up to the defense to take care of the rest.
Neither team was able to score in the second half.
“The boys played a decent football game Friday night,” said Weittenhiller. “We made a lot of mistakes that ended up costing us. Fortunately, most of the mistakes are correctable.”
Ray finished with 96 yards on 21 carries and a TD to lead the Braves, who finished the night with 333 total yards. Quarterback Jon Bahr completed 6-of-16 passes for 143 yards and ran 11 times for another 63 yards.
Cushman and Tucker Wedig each had eight total tackles on defense, while Raine Voigts intercepted a pass for the Braves.
Schliem completed 9-of-24 passes for 183 yards and two TDs with an interception, and he ran 10 times for 28 yards and another score. Treuthardt caught two passes for a team-high 71 yards and two TDs, and he also led the Vikings with 78 rushing yards on eight carries.
Belmont heads to Shullsburg on Friday for another tough Six Rivers Conference contest. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Miners (0–1) are also feeling the sting of a loss in their opener after giving Potosi all they could handle before falling 30–22 last Friday night.
It may be only week two of the season, but Friday’s game could have far-reaching playoff implications as the winner picks up a key league victory and the loser drops to 0–2.
“The boys will have to have a short memory because we play another conference game right away,” said Weittenhiller. “Shullsburg is a very big and talented team. Their line is huge and can move people. They have a lot of talented skilled kids behind them. We will have to tackle much better and hang on to the football.”
Pecatonica/Argyle 28, Belmont 8
(from Friday, Aug. 22 @ Belmont)
Pec/Argyle 7 21 0 0 — 28
Belmont 0 8 0 0 — 8
P/A: Cameron Treuthardt 46 pass from Drew Schliem (Brooks Chandler kick)
P/A: Treuthardt 24 pass from Schliem (Chandler)
B: Mitch Ray 8 run (Ray run)
P/A: Anthony Hendrickson 75 kickoff return (Chandler kick)
P/A: Schliem 13 run (Chandler kick)
First downs — P/A 10, B 10. Rushing — P/A 33-133, B 41-190. Passing Yards — P/A 183, B 143. Passing — P 9-24-1, B 6-18-0. Fumbles–lost — P/A 3-2, B 4-3. Penalties-yards — P/A 8-65 B 9-60.
Rushing — P: Cam Treuthardt 8-78, Riley Ostby 7-45; Mitch Ray 21-96, Jon Bahr 11-63. Passing — P: Drew Schliem 9-24-1, 183; B: Bahr 6-16-0, 143. Receiving — P/A: Treuthardt 2-71, Brooks Chandler 4-64; B: Quinn Cushman 3-91.