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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Delavan-Darien pulls off upset win over Evansville

Don't hang up your Comet colors just yet.

The Delavan-Darien High School football team pulled off an upset win over Evansville Tuesday too earn a trip to Reedsburg Saturday for a second-round matchup.

Staff writer Sam Killian was at the game and filed this report:

Delavan-Darien 16, Evansville 6

EVANSVILLE -- The Delavan-Darien High School football team refused to let its first-round Division 3 WIAA playoff matchup with No. 2-seeded Evansville High School intimidate them.

"It's the playoffs," DDHS head coach Steve Tenhagen said. "It doesn't matter what seed anyone is, or what the records are."

That attitude was on full display as the Comets (6-4) beat the Blue Devils 16-6 Tuesday night in Evansville. DDHS quarterback Michael Gonzalez completed seven of 16 passes for 104 yards, and rushed for more than 100 as Delavan-Darien racked up 301 yards of total offense.

"Our kids did it all over the field," Tenhagen said. "I'm so proud of their effort."

The Comets struck first when Gonzalez threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Aaron Logterman in the second quarter. Although the extra-point kick failed, the Comets added a field goal before halftime and headed to the locker room with a 9-0 lead.

Evansville threatened to get on the board to start the second half. However, a 41-yard kickoff return was wasted when drive stalled and the Blue Devils missed a field goal.

The Comets added to their lead when defensive end Kyle Ball intercepted a pass by Evansville quarterback Andrew Keister that bounced off the intended receiver. Ball returned the pick 40 yards for a touchdown.

Evansville finally scored in the fourth quarter, when Keister connected with wide receiver Cody Thompson for a 24-yard touchdown pass; the two-point conversion failed.

Evansville head coach Ron Grovesteen was not surprised by the way the Comets played.

"This was a hard-fought game, and we knew it would be a hard-fought game," he said. "In the playoffs you have to make plays, and they made more plays than we did."

The Comets finished with 179 yards rushing and 104 passing. Evansville, which finished their season at 8-2, had 193 yards rushing and 152 passing.

Tenhagen was happy with his team's defensive effort.

"Our defense played a phenomenal football game," he said. "We held a good offensive team to six points."

The Comets traveled to Reedsburg Saturday for a second-round matchup.


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