SPASH struggles against Marshfield’s Foemmel in loss
By Jacob Heid
STEVENS POINT — The Stevens Point Area Senior High football team needed a win on Oct 7 to keep its hopes alive for the playoffs. The Panthers hosted the Marshfield Tigers in the annual “Blackout Cancer Game.” SPASH got out to a quick start but could not hold Marshfield for long. Quarterback Trevor Foemmel’s six touchdowns were a big part of the 49-21 victory.
SPASH couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game. On the Panthers’ opening drive, quarterback Grant Chandonais marched the offense down the field, finding Amon Konopacki for a seven-yard reception and score. The playmaker receiver led the team with 103 yards. The defense created a couple of stops while up 7-0, with the team scoring once more late in the quarter. A high snap from Marshfield on a punt trickled into the end zone and was pounced on by the Panthers. SPASH held a 14-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
That is when Marshfield took over. The opening drive of the second quarter ended in a 46-yard rushing touchdown by the quarterback, Trevor Foemmel. Marshfield’s defense strung together some stops while continuing to score on offense. SPASH was held scoreless in the second quarter and gave up two more touchdowns. Marshfield led SPASH 21-14 at halftime.
SPASH opened the second half on defense. The Tigers took four minutes off the clock, ending with Foemmel trotting into the end zone for his third rushing touchdown of the night. The Panthers countered with Chandonais finding Peyton Pumper to cut the game to 21-28. Foemmel continued to dissect the Panther defense, scoring his fifth total touchdown late in the third. Two straight Panther turnovers in their own territory turned into a 49-21 Marshfield lead after three quarters.
SPASH had a scoring chance halfway through the fourth quarter but turned the ball over on downs at the six-yard line. The Tigers went on a 49-7 run in two quarters to get the win.
SPASH closes out the season on the road at Appleton West on Oct 14.