FLORENCE, Wis. - Louie Garcia threw for 116 yards and a touchdown as Florence downed Wausaukee 30-12 in a Northern Lakes/M & O conference crossover game Thursday.
Florence led 8-0 at halftime and built its advantage to 22-0 before Wausaukee got on the board in the game's closing minutes.
Garcia tossed a 56-yard scoring pass to Josh Seibold with 2:24 remaining to seal the win.
"In the second half we played exceptionally well," said Bobcats coach Dan Robinson. "The first half was sluggish."
Cole Dollar, Morgan Counter and Seibold ran for Florence touchdowns.
Wausaukee quarterback Aaron Schlies, entering the game in the second quarter for the injured Beau DeLaet, threw a 55-yard scoring pass in the fourth to Ryan Nystrom. He found Conner Kempinski in the closing seconds for an eight-yard TD.
Dollar led the Florence defense with 11 tackles while Corey Robinson had eight and Kyle Abbas six. Garcia and Jeremy Schalow had interceptions.
Florence totaled 188 yards rushing, led by Garcia's 71 yards in 10 attempts. Garcia was 10-for-20 passing.
The Bobcats (1-1, 1-0) will host Crandon in a key Northern Lakes Conference matchup at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Wausaukee (0-2, 0-1) will host Gillett for an M & O game on that same date.
Wausaukee 0 0 0 12 - 12
Florence 0 8 6 16 - 30
F - Cole Dollar, 5-yd. run (Josh Seibold run), 7:47.
F - Morgan Counter, 3-yd. run (run failed), 6:33.
F - Seibold, 13-yd. run (Louie Garcia run), 2:55.
W - Ryan Nystrom, 55-yd. pass from Aaron Schlies (pass failed), 2:35.
F - Seibold, 56-yd. pass from Garcia (Dollar run), 2:24.
W - Conner Kempinski, 8-yd. pass from Schlies (run failed), :24.
Total Offense: Wausaukee, 291 yards (217 passing, 74 rushing). Florence, 304 yards (188 rushing, 116 passing).
Individual Rushing: Florence, Louie Garcia, 10-71; Cole Dollar, 12-63; Josh Seibold, 6-23.
Passing: Florence (Garcia): 10-20, 116 yards, 1 TD.