Football: Flivvers give up late score, fall to Menasha

MENASHA, Wis. — Menasha broke a 7-7 tie with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass and defeated Kingsford 14-7 in the Flivvers’ non-conference football season opener Friday.

The Flivvers, who lost starting quarterback and linebacker Luke Terrian to an undisclosed injury in the first quarter, evened the score at 7-7 in the third period on a 55-yard pass from backup quarterback Tyler Kopp to Marcus Kazianka.

The Bluejays (2-0) scored on their first series of the game, capping a 68-yard drive with junior back Tyler Roehl running 22 yards for a touchdown. Roehl had 139 yards rushing on 21 carries in the game.

A Nate Rutter pass interception at the Flivver 12 thwarted Menasha’s scoring threat on the second series. The Bluejays advanced to the Kingsford 15 late in the first half but stalled on fourth down.

Menasha fumbled away the opening second-half kick. A double-reverse to Trevor Povolo worked for 17 yards to the eight but the Flivvers could move no closer.

On the first play of the Flivvers’ next series, Kopp and Kazianka clicked for their scoring pass to knot the score. Logan Normand added the PAT.

With 8:43 showing in the fourth quarter, Menasha quarterback Cole Popp found Riley Zirpel in the end zone from 20 yards out.

After Menasha mishandled a punt return, Kingsford recovered at midfield and moved to the Bluejays 24. A key play was Tyler Beauchamp hauling in a 30-yard, third-down pass from Kopp to the Menasha 30.

On fourth down from the 24 with 1:55 left, a dropped pass ended the drive. Menasha ran out the clock.

Kingsford plays at Fond Du Lac against defending state champion St. Mary’s Springs.

Kingsford 0 0 7 0 — 7

Menasha 7 0 0 7 — 14

First Quarter

M — Tyler Roehl 22 run (Roehl kick), 3:48

Third Quarter

K — Marcus Kazianka 55 pass from Tyler Kopp (Logan Normand kick), 7:23

Fourth Quarter

M — Riley Zirpel 20 pass from Cole Popp (Roehl kick), 8:43