Published On: Sun, Aug 31st, 2008

Wynot falls in season opener

WYNOT — The Wynot Blue Devils dug themselves a huge hole in the first half Friday and never were able to recover as the top-rated Elgin Eagles rolled over the home team 50-12.
web-copy.jpg Elgin senior quarterback Andrew Bauer led the Eagle attack as he rushed for a pair of touchdowns and threw a pair of scoring strikes to carry his team to the lopsided victory.
Elgin, which lost in the D-1 championship game last year, and is rated as the state’s top D2 this year, showed they have plenty of fire power left for the 2008 campaign as they overpowered the Blue Devils and opened up a 44-0 halftime lead.
The Blue Devils showed a spark on defense several times but then fell victim to big plays by the Eagles.
The Blue Devils were led on the offensive end by Cody Stappert who caught a scoring strike from Ryan Eskens and Tyler Pinkleman who rushed for a 15 yard touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, Ryan Boeckman collected 17 tackles and Jimmy Thoene had 11 while Christian Heimes was right behind him with 10 stops.
Elgin wasted little time showing its quick play potential  early in the game.  After a good kickoff return and on the second play from scrimmage Andrew Bauer dropped back and  hit Chris Dewald on an out-and-up play for a 35-yard scoring toss. The point-after failed and the Eagles led 6-0
The Blue Devil offense went three-and-out and on their next possession the Eagles marched to the Devils’ 30 yard-line.
The Blue Devil defense stiffened after that, but on a third-and-long play, Andrew Bauer kept the ball on an option, squeezed through a crack in the line and galloped 28 yards for the Eagles’ second touchdown. Again the PAT failed and Elgin’s lead had increased to 12-0.
The Blue Devils went back on defense but found little success and an errant option pitch resulted in a fumble and the Eagles recovered. They would cash in as Elgin’s big fullback Tad Henkinius pounded the inside for 15 yards in three straight carries. Bauer then snuck in from the one-yard line for the score. Bauer hit Nathan Niewohmer for the PAT and Elgin led 20-0 at the end of the first period of play.
The Elgin offense continued to pummel the Blue Devil offense in the second quarter.
On their second possession of the half they would march 65 yards in 11 plays. Tad Henkinius powered in from the four-yard line for the score.
After a fumbled Wynot kickoff return, the Eagles were in business again with a short field. Austin Stamp would follow his blockers over the left side of the Blue Devils defense for the five-yard scoring run.
On the Eagles’ final offensive drive of the first half. Bauer and Niewohmer hooked up on a 35-yard pass play. Austin Stamp then dove over the line from five yards out for the score. The PAT was stuffed and Elgin had the Blue Devils in a big hole — 44-0 at the half.
At the midpoint of the third quarter the Blue Devils put together a drive of their own. Aided by a late hit and some nice scrambling by Wynot quarterback Ryan Eskens, the home team marched 45 yards to paydirt.
Eskens found sophomore Cody Stappert over the middle for a 16-yard touchdown toss. The PAT failed and Wynot was on the scoreboard.
Elgin answered back late in the third frame with a 55-yard scoring march, capped by an 11-yard Alex Kinney TD run. The PAT failed and Elgin’s lead ballooned to 50-6.
The Blue Devils would continue to battle and held the Eagles scoreless in the final quarter. They would pick up a final score on 15 yard sweep around the left side by Tyler Pinkelman to make the final total 55-12.
The Blue Devils travel to Lynch Friday.
Elgin    20        24    6    0—50
Wynot    0        0    6    6—12

Wynot             Elgin
Rushing    35-135            36-156
Passing    6-52-187            4-147

Wynot – Tyler Pinkelman, 10-52; Ryan Eskens, 9-27; Ryan Heimes, 9-27; Devin Wieseler, 3-15; Jimmy Thoene, 4-14. Elgin – Andrew Bauer, 10-90; Austin Stamp, 12-43; Tad Henkinius, 6-13; Daniel Drabach, 5-10.
Wynot – Ryan Eskens, 4-10-37; Devin Wieseler, 2-4-15. Elgin – Andrew Bauer, 4-7-147.
Wynot – Cody Stappert, 3-36; Jimmy Thoene, 2-25. Elgin – Nathan Niewohmer, 3-101; Chris Dewald,  1- 35.
Ryan Boeckman, 17; Jimmy Thoene,  11; Christian Heimes, 10;
Wynot – Ryan Heimes, 2; Christian Heimes, 1.