By BURT ANGELI
KINGSFORD - Kingsford, successful through the air and on the ground, whipped Rhinelander 49-13 in a homecoming football game Friday at Flivver Field.
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Kingsford’s Brody Sundquist (25) attempts to shake Rhinelander’s Mason Shallow (2) in Friday’s homecoming football game at Flivver Field. Flivver teammates Cole Tengesdahl (10) and Tyler Roberts (34) trail the play.
Junior quarterback Joe Hofer tossed three first-half touchdown passes and Alex Patterson accounted for two of the Flivvers' four scores on the ground.
"We made some plays," Kingsford Coach Chris Hofer said. "I was pretty happy. We did a lot of good things and made some plays when we had to make them."
A tipped pass that resulted in a 19-yard score to Cole Tengesdahl produced Flivver points on the first series. But the score remained 7-0 from 10:10 of the first quarter to 10:42 of the second when Trever Schaut broke into the clear for a 28-yard touchdown pitch on fourth down.
"We were concerned with what they did to us," Chris Hofer said. "But I thought we buckled down and got the job done."
Kingsford put up 28 points in the second quarter for a 35-13 halftime cushion.
After Ryan Nehls juggled and hauled in a 64-yard pass down the middle from Luke Linsmeyer for a 14-7 difference in the second quarter, Kingsford got the running game going with Patterson (53 yards) and Tyler Roberts (34) gashing the interior for scores.
"They've got some pretty good players on defense," said Hofer, his Flivvers adjusting to Rhinelander's 3-6-3 defense. "We knew it would be tough sledding running. As the game went on we got better."
The winless Hodags kept up the fight with a touchdown run from Connor Johnson. But Hofer wrapped up the half with a 42-yard bomb to Austin Stanchina, who juked a defender en route to the end zone.
One of the Flivvers' two first-half turnovers nearly registered Hodag points. After a fumble at the Kingsford 9 in the first quarter, Rhinelander wound up with fourth down from the 21 and fizzled from there.
"We could have taken care of the ball a little better," Hofer said. "We haven't done that all year, then all of sudden we're sloppy in that department."
On opening kick-off of the second half, Flivvers' Jaxson Ferree recovered a loose ball at the Hodag 14. Patterson plowed in from the two for a 42-13 cushion.
Another turnover, this one on a punt when Stanchina leveled the returner and Roberts recovered, set up quarterback Lucas Jennings to roll six yards for a fourth-period touchdown.
The Flivvers chalked up 419 yards total offense, with Hofer completing 9 of 11 passes for 173 yards. Brody Sundquist (10-73) and Patterson (7-64) topped the ball carriers.
Rhinelander, which had struggled offensively coming into the game, finished with 198 yards total offense.
Kingsford (4-0) begins Great Northern Conference play next Friday at Menominee.
NOTES: Ed Sexton and Chelsea Hellman were crowned homecoming king and queen at halftime ... Kingsford defeated Rhinelander in the freshmen game held prior to the varsity contest ... In the win over Westwood, the entire team shared in Flivver of the Week honors. Reid Berndt was the top blocker ...
Rhinelander 0 13 0 0 - 13
Kingsford 7 28 7 7 - 49
K - Cole Tengesdahl 19 pass from Joe Hofer (Hofer kick), 10:10.
K - Trever Schaut 28 pass from Hofer (Hofer kick), 10:42.
R - Ryan Nehls 64 pass from Luke Linsmeyer (Gabrielle Millot kick), 9:17.
K - Alex Patterson 53 run (Hofer kick), 8:22.
K - Tyler Roberts 34 run (Hofer kick), 5:43.
R - Connor Johnson 4 run (kick blocked), 2:40.
K - Austin Stanchina 42 pass from Hofer (Hofer kick), :17.
K - Patterson 2 run (Hofer kick), 10:21.
K - Lucas Jennings 6 run (Tyler Waisanen kick), 5:08.
Total offense - Kingsford 419 (246 rushing, 173 passing), Rhinelander 198 (105 rushing, 93 passing).
First downs - Kingsford 16, Rhinelander 8.
Rushing - Kingsford, Hofer 2-minus 7, Schaut 1-minus 1, Sundquist 10-73, Patterson 7-64, Allen 3-9, Roberts 4-35, Curran 3-2, Ferree 5-18, Wahoviak 8-38, Johnson 1-4, Gregory 1-5, Jennings 1-6; Rhinelander, Linsmeyer 4-0, Nehls 5-32, Johnson 21-82, Reinthaler 2-minus 10, Kipper 2-1.
Passing - Kingsford, Hofer, 9-11-0, 173; Rhinelander, 4-11-0-93.
Receiving - Kingsford, Schaut 2-38, Tengesdahl 5-58, Stanchina 2-65; Rhinelander, Nehls 2-74.
Penalties - Kingsford, 0-0; Rhinelander, 5-39.