MARSHFIELD – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic football team showed its dominance with an overpowering second-quarter performance and went on to rout Cadott 51-0 at the Columbus Catholic Homecoming Game on Saturday afternoon at Beell Stadium.
After an unusually slow start, the Rockets took a 3-0 lead on a 21-yard field goal by Evan Dieringer with 2:07 to go in the first quarter.
Then the fireworks began.
Spencer/Columbus scored five touchdowns in the second quarter and the Rockets quickly turned the game into a blowout.
Senior quarterback Jarred Mandel threw touchdown passes of 32, 49 and 8 yards to Austin Bacon, and ran for a 15-yard score as the Rockets’ offense got things rolling.
S/C also scored on a 43-yard fumble return by Hayden Bauman, the second time in three games Bauman returned a fumble for a score.
Spencer/Columbus held Cadott to just 88 total yards and four first downs in another dominating performance as it posted its second-straight shutout.
“Our defense was really great,” Spencer/Columbus head coach Jason Gorst said. “The turnovers that Hayden, Jarred and Austin forced were pretty big. Credit to Cadott for coming out and playing physical. I thought we responded really well in the second quarter.
“Evan Dieringer had a great game. I really appreciate his commitment to the team to play through an injury for us. Jarred and Austin really were working well together on offense, and our offensive linemen did a great job in our screen game.”
Mandel finished with 173 yards passing, 105 to Bacon on four plays.
Carson Hildebrandt finished with 61 yards rushing to lead a balanced ground attack. He had a 16-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Will Gorst ran in from the 2 in the fourth to round out the scoring.
The victory sets up what will be the Cloverbelt Conference championship game next Friday, Oct. 5, when Spencer/Columbus hosts Eau Claire Regis at 7 p.m. at Spencer High School. Both teams are 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the Cloverbelt after Regis whipped Colby 35-7 on Saturday. The game will be live-streamed at zaleskisportsshow.com and on its Facebook page.
Rockets 51, Hornets 0
Cadott 0 0 0 0 – 0
Spencer/Columbus 3 35 7 6 – 51
SC – Evan Dieringer 21 field goal, 2:07.
SC – Austin Bacon 32 pass from Jarred Mandel (Dieringer kick), 11:50.
SC – Hayden Bauman 43 fumble return (Dieringer kick), 11:01.
SC – Mandel 15 run (Dieringer kick), 3:22.
SC – Bacon 49 pass from Mandel (Dieringer kick), 1:53.
SC – Bacon 8 pass from Mandel (Dieringer kick), 0:42.
SC – Carson Hildebrandt 16 run (Dieringer kick), 7:25.
SC – Will Gorst 2 run (kick blocked), 3:15.
First downs: Cadott 4; Spencer/Columbus 20.
Rushing (att-yards): C 20-38; SC 39-276.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): C 7-17-50-2; SC 9-11-173-0.
Total yards: C 88; SC 449.
Fumbles (total-lost): C 1-1; SC 1-1.
Penalties (no.-yards): C 4-20; SC 5-45.
Punting (no.-avg.): C 4-27.0; SC 1-47.0.
Rushing: C, Brady Spaeth 9-21, Coy Bowe 3-14, Nelson Wahl 3-3, C.J. Spath 1-2, Gavin Tegels 1-0, Mason Poehls 1-0, Michael Pecha 2-minus 2. SC, Carson Hildebrandt 9-61, Tyson McDonald 2-36, Dominic Post 1-34, Ausitn Bacon 4-31, Eden Jacobson 3-31, Jarred Mandel 2-24, Hayden Bauman 6-21, Will Gorst 4-13, Max McGiveron 1-12, Leo Rodriguez 1-6, Xane Adler 1-3, Connor Clark 2-3, Andres Rodriguez 3-1.
Passing: C, Bowe 6-15-25-2, Poehls 1-2-25-0. SC, Mandel 9-11-173-0.
Receiving: C, Tegels 4-11, Bowe 1-25, Wahl 1-9, Noah Kahl 1-5. SC, Bacon 4-105, Bauman 2-29, Ethan Meece 1-27, Jacobson 1-15, Hildebrandt 1-minus 3.
Interceptions (defense): SC, Mandel, Bacon.
Punting: C, Poehls 4-27.0. SC, Mandel 1-47.0.
Records: Cadott 1-6 overall and Cloverbelt Conference; Spencer/Columbus 7-0, 6-0 Cloverbelt Conference.