CUBA CITY – Cuba City played fast, played loose and played physical on Friday night to come away with another huge SWAL victory on the gridiron.
The Cubans improved to 2-0 in the SWAL by cutting down the previously unbeaten Fennimore Golden Eagles, 30-6, at CCHS’ Barth Field on Sept. 8.
“This was a great team victory. The players on the field and the ones on the sidelines brought great emotion to this game. Once again the defense would hold them and the offense would score. Overall the kids just played loose and very physical,” said Cuba City head coach Guy Kopp.
The Cubans (2-2 overall) held a slim 7-6 lead over Fennimnore (3-1, 1-1) after one quarter of play, and then took control on both sides of the ball outscoring Fennimore 23-0 over the final three quarters of the game.
Senior Kordell Stillmunkes gave the Cubans an early lead after hauling in a 37-yards scoring strike from junior quarterback Andy Clendenen. Kaleb Polzin’s extra point put the hosts up 7-0 just four minutes into the game.
The Eagles came right back with a 27-yard TD pass from Reid Larson to Liam Kenney to cut the score to 7-6, but their extra point failed leaving the deficit at a point.
Stillmunkes scored from three yards out in the second quarter, and then scampered 46 yards for another score in the third quarter to extend the lead to 21-0.
Polzin showcased his leg strength by booting a 36-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to put the Cubans up 24-6, and junior Mason Reuter put the final touches on their impressive victory by punching in a 2-yard TD run with 2:21 remaining to close the scoring at 30-6.
“Our special teams had a solid night. Anytime you can kick a 36-yard field goal that adds another dimension to our game,” mentioned Kopp.
The two teams finished nearly even in the stat book, however the Cubans dominated where it mattered the most– on the scoreboard, holding Fennimore to a season-low six points while scoring a season-high 30 points against the Eagles.
The Cubans held a slight edge in rushing yards, 194-180, while the Eagles led the way in passing yards, 177-116.
Stillmunkes ran 18 times for 105 yards and two TDs and added three catches for 51 yards and another score to guide the Cubans’ offense.
Clendenen completed 7-of-12 passes for 116 yards and a TD. Ryan Hoppenjan had a team-high four catches for 65 yards, while Reuter added 34 rushing on 10 carries with a TD.
Larson was 13-of-30 passing for 177 yards and a TD. Kenney had three catches for 79 yards and a score, and Trevor Neuroth added eight catches for 85 yards for the Eagles.
Cuba City will try to keep the momentum going forward when they take the short trip south to Hazel Green to face Southwestern (2-2, 0-1) in a SWAL contest on Friday, Sept. 15. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
“We need to stay focused when we play Southwestern. They have weapons on offense and are not afraid to throw the ball down field. On defense, they are big up front and they attack. We will need to play hard and play fast to get a win,” Kopp commented.
Cuba City 30, Fennimore 6
(from Friday, Sept. 8 @ Cuba City)
Fennimore. 6 0 0 0 — 6
Cuba City... 7 7 7 9 — 30
CC: Kordell Stillmunkes 37 pass from Andy Clendenen (Kaleb Polzin kick)
F: Liam Kenney 27 pass from Reid Larson (kick failed)
CC: Stillmunkes 3 run (Polzin kick)
CC: Stillmunkes 46 run (Polzkin kick)
CC: FG Polzin 37
CC: Mason Reuter 2 run (kick blocked)
Team Statistics: First downs — F 12, CC 8. Rushing — F 28-48, CC 38-194. Passing (comp-att-int, yds) — F 13-30-0, 185, CC 7-12-2, 116. Fumbles–lost — F 2-2, CC 2-0. Penalties-yards — F 5-35, CC 6-34.
Indivdiual Statistics: Rushing — F: Zach Davis 18-56. CC: Kordell Stillmunkes 18-105. Passing — F: Reid Larson 13-30-0, 185. CC: Andy Clendenen 7-12-2, 116. Receiving — F: Trevor Neuroth 8-85, Liam Kenney 3-79. CC: Ryan Hoppenjan 4-65, Stillmunkes 3-51.