Talk about making a splash in a varsity return.
In its first varsity game since the 2015 season, the Christian Life football team scored the first time it touched the ball when — after St. Thomas More took a 6-0 lead on the game’s opening drive — CLS senior Jacob Shaffer returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to tie the game and spark his team’s season-opening, 24-12 non-conference victory Friday night.
The game was played at St. Francis.
Shaffer had a monster game, finishing with 194 rushing yards on 17 carries, including a 42-yard scoring run with 11 minutes, 6 seconds left in the game that gave the Eagles breathing room.
Shaffer added two receptions for 38 yards.
CLS also scored on junior CJ McDaniel’s 5-yard run in the first quarter and senior quarterback Austin Eifert’s 2-yard keeper in the third.
Tremper 43, Milwaukee Pius XI 7
The Trojans scored the game’s first 43 points in cruising to a non-conference win in their season opener at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.
In his first varsity start, Tremper junior quarterback Ryan McGonegle went 11-of-15 for 168 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Meanwhile, senior Justin Dierckens scored three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving.
Dierckens snagged four receptions for 60 yards and added four carries for 49.
The Trojans amassed 239 yards on 26 attempts, as junior Jordan Uribe had 88 yards and a touchdowns on 13 carries and junior Mitchel Schwartz added 77 yards and a score on eight attempts.
Tremper coach Jared McGranahan was happy but noted there’s plenty of room for improvement.
“We’d be really crisp about four out of five plays, and the fifth play we’d have an error,” he said. “We did things really well, and the good news is, we’ve got a lot of room to grow.
“... The good news is, (they) were correctable errors. Overall, I’m pretty happy with things. We got a solid win.”
Racine Case 26, Central 0
The visiting Eagles blanked the host Falcons in a non-conference season opener in Paddock Lake.
Sophomore Jakob Simmons led Central with 32 rushing yards, while senior quarterback Gavin Carlson passed for 61, 43 of those to sophomore Michael Mulhollon.