Wingers knock off Packers

Published 1:23 am Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Austin's Tony Baudler finishes a tackle on a Red Wing player as the Packers saw their season end in a 24-6 loss at Red Wing Tuesday. -- Rocky Hulne/

RED WING — The Austin football team couldn’t produce enough offense as it had its season end in Red Wing in a 24-6 loss in the first round of the Section 1AAAA tournament Tuesday.

“They fought all the way through,” Austin head coach Matt Schmit said. “Nobody quit tonight.”

Austin’s Bret Lukes, bottom, and Trevor Feuerhak, top, team up to bring down Red Wing’s Joel Newman in the first half of the Packers’ loss to Red Wing on the road Tuesday. -- Rocky Hulne/

The No. 2 seeded Wingers (6-3 overall) took over with a few big plays in the second quarter. After Austin’s defense came up with two red zone stops to open the game, RW made its first big play of the night when quarterback Joel Newman found Matthew Peterson on fourth and nine for a 25-yard gain to the Austin two-yard line early in the second quarter.

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Four plays later, the Wingers scored on fourth down when Andre Page was stood up at the line of scrimmage where he recovered his own fumble, ran 20 yards into the backfield and then swept down the left sideline before diving to score a touchdown that put the Wingers up 6-0 with 9:53 left in the second quarter.

On Austin’s next possession, RW’s Dillon Lewis picked off a Sean Coffey pass over the middle and ran it back 55 yards for a score to make it 12-0 with 8:08 left in the first half.

Coffey finished with just 62 passing yards on 27 attempts as he was under pressure all night and the Packers (0-9 overall) mustered just 102 yards on the ground.

Austin didn’t get a first down until late in the second quarter.

“They did a nice job on the line and that’s what happens. You can’t sustain drives,” Schmit said.

Austin scored its only touchdown late in the game when Bret Lukes scored on a six-yard run to make it 24-6 with 2:29 left. The run capped a 16-play, 75 yard drive.

While Austin’s losing streak has grown to 19 losses in a row this season, plenty of sophomores received plenty of playing time and that should help them in the future.

“Half of our starters are sophomores and the experience helps,” Schmit said. “Whatever happens next year, they should be a good group coming back. They played against people that are much older and they competed. I felt like we had a chance in this game, and we were in five out of the nine games we played.”

Austin's Anthony Condit carries the ball at Red Wing Tuesday. -- Rocky Hulne/


RW 0 12 6 6 — 24

Austin 0 0 0 6 — 6

First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter

(RW) Andre Page 5 run (run failed) (9 plays, 43 yards) 9:53

(RW) Dillon Lewis 55 interception return (run failed) (1 play, 55 yards) 8:08

Third quarter

(RW) Michael Friedrich 4 run (pass fail) (2 plays, 13 yards) 7:58

Fourth quarter

(RW) Jack Strusz 35 pass from Joel Newman (kick failed) (7 plays, 49 yards) 7:56

(A) Bret Lukes 6 run (pass failed) (16 plays, 75 yards) 2:29


Rushing: Gabe Kasak, 4-for-42; Elijah Dahmen, 2-for-35; Sean Coffey, 3-for-10; Anthony Condit, 14-for-9; Bret Lukes, 1-for-6, TD; Passing: Coffey, 12-for-27, 62, 2 INT; Condit, 0-for-2; Zach Wessels, 0-for-1; Tommy Olmsted, 0-for-1; Receiving: Lukes, 5-for-30; Wessels, 2-for-27; Trevor Feuerhak, 1-for-9; Condit, 1-for-18; Kasak, 2-for-1; Sacks: Feuerhak (1); Fumble recoveries: Ryan Larson (1); Penalties: 11-for-80


Rushing: Michael Friedrich, 13-for-50, TD; Tanner Kramp, 5-for-34; Joel Newman, 11-for-25; Andre Page, 3-for-20, TD; Alex Harder, 4-for-6; Zach Garner, 1-for-2; Gunnar Tubbs, 0-for-0; Ricky Turcotte, 1-for-(-3); Passing: Newman, 8-for-19, 109, TD; Receiving: Jack Strusz, 4-for-47, TD; Matthew Peterson, 2-for-39; Dayton Johnson, 1-for-12; Page, 2-for-11; Penalties: 8-for-55