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By Doc Wierwill
NGM Assistant Coach 

NGM Knights Hold on to Win Over Belleville Wildcats


September 20, 2018

Photo courtesy of Pam Kelly

Jackson Richter (6) makes his first interception of three for the night during the game against New Glarus-Monticello.

Friday, September 14. Rivalry week started in Green Bay and traveled south to Belleville as NGM and Belleville renewed one of the longest running football rivalries in southern Wisconsin....a rivalry that pre-dates most readers of this column. At 1-3, NGM was hungry for a victory. At 4-0, Belleville was looking to remain undefeated. As history has proven so many times, records and rankings are meaningless when these two teams collide.

NGM immediately threw all caution to the wind as they started the game with an onside kick. NGM's sure-handed Cooper Dreyfus recovered the ball inbounds, with but millimeters to spare. The chicanery continued with the first play from scrimmage on a Darris Schuett - to Patrick Craker - to Darris Schuett - to Nathan Streiff flea flicker and a 45-yard touchdown. A Trent Sigafus extra point was good for a 7-0 score with less than 10 seconds elapsed. Still in the first quarter, Patrick Craker (who would become the offensive workhorse of the evening) barreled in from two yards out for another touchdown. Yet another trick play on the extra point failed, giving NGM a 13-0 lead as the first quarter came to a close. Few in attendance could appreciate that this would be the end of the NGM scoring, and eventuate in victory.

Belleville scored early in the second period when their elusive quarterback Nate Mabis connected with Josh Grebel on a well-conceived 45-yard touchdown play. With the extra point missed, this game would now become a defensive donnybrook to the very end. The NGM defense would occasionally bend, but would never break, as they gave up one field goal in the fourth quarter, collected five interceptions on the evening (Nathan Streiff had three), and making two very solid stops in the red very near the goal line.

As the fourth quarter was winding down, and NGM holding on to a 13-9 lead, the high octane Belleville offense had the ball and was driving when junior defensive back Keontrai Hodges made an interception near midfield, returning it to the five yard line. Now the Wildcat defense stiffened and would not allow another NGM score as a cat-and-mouse game unfolded with clock management. NGM deferred a field goal try, preferring to keep the Belleville offense backed up and allowing their defense to hold forth. The Wildcats managed two quick first downs but with 6 seconds and one play left they simply ran out of time, thus affording the NGM team the sweet taste of victory after three consecutive tough losses. Final score NGM 13 - Belleville 9.

"We had a tough loss in a hard fought game against New Glarus. They started off fast, with 13 points in the first quarter but our defense stepped up and shut them out for the rest of the game," said Belleville Head Coach Chase Ritter. "Our offense struggled to get going and made too many mistakes close to the end zone. Overall it was a good game to learn and get better from for the rest of conference."

Sharing QB duties for NGM were Darris Schuett and Connor Siegenthaler. Schuett went 6-16 for 105 yards and one touchdown, and Siegenthaler was 1-1 for 3 yards. Belleville's QB, Nate Mabis, was 12-27 for 194 yards and one touchdown.

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Nathan Streiff scores the first touchdown of the game. Over all, Streiff led NGM with 67 yards in 4 receptions.

NGM's Patrick Craker led the team in rushing with 54 yards on 18 attempts, and scored a touchdown. Connor Siegenthaler had 17 rushing yards and Darris Schuett had 10 rushing yards. Belleville's Luke Kelly rushed for 108 yards on 15 attempts.

Nathan Streiff led NGM with 67 yards in 4 receptions. Trevor Gassman had 26 yards and Josh Wieser had 12. Belleville's Josh Grebel had 94 yards on 4 receptions.

Defensively, NGM's Nathan Streiff had 3 interceptions, and Trayden Foster and Keontrai Hodges both had 1 interception during the game.

Now sitting atop the Capitol Conference South, NGM welcomes to New Glarus the team from Marshall, another conference opponent. This game is Friday and it is Homecoming for NGM. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Belleville plays at Waterloo on Friday night, that game kicks off at 7:00 p.m.

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