Golden Brick returns to NRHEG
The NRHEG Panthers reclaimed the Golden Brick trophy with a 42-0 win over Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton (JWP) Friday, bringing the trophy home for the first time since the two teams last met in 2019.
The rivalry game victory is Marc Kruger's first as head coach of the Panthers.
"It feels really good. I mean, I've never had a rivalry trophy like that. We really hyped it up and I think we're going to make it a really big deal going forward because it's so cool… It's really something everyone can talk about," said Kruger.
Kruger's squad found success on both sides of the ball, early and often in the game, which he attributed to a strong week in practice.
"I felt it. We had the best week of practice all year."
The game's opening score came at the 5:19 mark when junior running back Andrew Phillips worked his way into the end zone for a one-yard rushing touchdown.
Phillips would follow up the touchdown on the very next drive with another rushing touchdown, this time a three-yard score putting the Panthers up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the defense set the tone. With 8:42 left, the Panther's defense managed to get a fourth-down stop, giving the Panthers offense possession right at midfield.
Capitalizing on the short field, senior quarterback Porter Peterson led a drive down to the seven-yard line, where he scrambled to his right and found senior tight end Alex Dobberstein in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.
The very next Panthers drive, Peterson would continue the back-to-back touchdown trend, scrambling left and finding senior wide receiver Bo Budach for a seven-yard touchdown pass, improving the score to 28-0.
Peterson's pass would not be the last points of the half, as he would once again find pay dirt, this time on a four-yard rush to make the score 35-0.
The rush capped off a 44-yard drive in which the Panthers took only four plays to score.
With the 35-0 score at the half, the JWP coaches would ultimately decide to put the mercy rule into effect, beginning a running clock for the second half.
However, the Panthers' onslaught would not cease.
An interception by junior defensive back Charlie Nissen would take the breath out of the Bulldogs' fan section, which slowly began to disperse from the stadium.
The interception ultimately resulted in a two-yard rushing touchdown by senior running back Clay Stenzel to cap the scoring at 42-0.
The game would end with the starters on the bench, enjoying their late-game rest before the handing over of the trophy commenced.
As the clock hit zero, the team erupted to the tune of the Panthers fan section with chants of, "It's coming home!" echoing through the New Richland stadium.
Up next for the Panthers will be a road game against St. Clair on Sept. 24.
St. Clair beat JWP 44-0 earlier in the season, and Kruger said he expects it to be an interesting game considering the two teams' similar scores against a common opponent.
#7 Porter Peterson – 9-15 157 yards 2 TD
#29 Andrew Phillips – 17 att. 138 yards 2 TD; #34 Clay Stenzel – 4 att. 32 yards 1 TD; #7 Porter Peterson – 8 att. 9 yards 1 TD; #4 Charlie Nissen – 1 att. 6 yards; #5 Jaylin Raab – 2 att. 1 yard; #42 Ethan Thompson – 2 att. 1 yard; #9 Sam Olson – 1 att. -2 yards; #6 Alden Dobberstein – 1 att. -5 yards
#2 Bo Budach – 4 rec. 62 yards 1 TD; #8 Sawyer Prigge – 1 rec. 39 yards; #82 Alex Dobberstein – 3 rec. 38 yards 1 TD; #29 Andrew Phillips – 1 rec. 18 yards
#34 Clay Stenzel – 4.5 tackles 4 solo 1 assist 1 TFL; #10 Nash Howe – 2.5 tackles 2 solo 1 assist; #29 Andrew Phillips – 2.0 tackles 2 solo 1 TFL; #5 Jaylin Raab – 2.0 tackles 2 solo; #42 Ethan Thompson – 2.0 tackles 1 solo 2 assist 1 TFL; #76 Maverick Knutson – 2.0 tackles 1 solo 2 assist; #4 Charlie Nissen – 1.0 tackle 1 solo 1 int.; #2 Bo Budach – 1.5 tackles 1 solo 1 assist 1 TFL; #64 Makota Misgen – 1.5 tackles 1 solo 1 assist 1 TFL; #13 Jack Olson – 1.0 tackle 1 solo; #60 Ralph Roesler – 1.0 tackle 1 solo; #65 Walker Thompson – 1.0 tackle 1 solo 1 TFL; #52 Reese Routh – 1.0 tackle 1 solo; #74 Wyatt Groskreutz – 1.0 tackle 1 solo 1 TFL; #6 Alden Dobberstein – 1.0 tackle 1 solo; #56 Zander Flatness – 1.0 tackle 1 solo; #21 Lukas Loverink – 1.0 tackle 1 solo; #51 Ben Schoenrock – 0.5 tackle 1 assist; #82 Alex Dobberstein – 0.5 tackle 1 assist