Football: Flivvs’ 1st home game against another tough opponent: No. 1 Fond du Lac
KINGSFORD — Kingsford’s demanding non-conference football schedule continues Friday with the home opener at Flivver Field.
Fond du Lac (3-0), ranked No. 1 in Wisconsin after ending Kimberly’s 70-game win streak to start the year, faces the Flivvers (0-2) at 7 p.m.
Kingsford started the season by bowing to defending Bay Conference champion Menasha (3-0), ranked fourth in the Wisconsin Sports Network coaches poll. Defending state champion St. Mary’s Springs of Fond du Lac, No. 1 in Division 5, toppled the Flivvers 35-0 last week.
Fond du Lac’s credentials are equally impressive, winning the FVA South last year and stunning Kimberly 31-28 in the opener on a last-second field goal by Jared Scheberl. The Cardinals, with an enrollment of over 2,000 students, also knocked off DC Everest 49-0 and state-ranked Appleton North 30-7 this season.
Chris Hofer, head coach of the Flivvers since 1987, couldn’t recall a tougher threesome to start a campaign. Fond du Lac measures up to former Flivver foe Homestead, which turned out players for Division 1 college programs.
“Look at who they’ve played?” Hofer said. “They beat two really good teams (in Kimberly and Appleton). That’s definitely the toughest three in a row for sure.
“Fond du Lac is very comparable to some of those good Homestead teams. They’ve got it going right now.”
The Cardinals, led by linebacker Ben Viau (6-foot-3, 205), held Appleton North to just seven yards rushing. Se n i o r r u n n i n g b a c k E b e n S a u e r rushed for f o r 1 6 5 y a r d s a n d t w o scores to lead Fond du Lac on offense.
“T h e y h a v e g r e a t s p e e d a n d t o u g h n e s s o n d e f e n s e ,” A p p l e t o n N o r t h co a c h R o b S a l m told the Fond du Lac Reporter. “