Explosive plays end Port’s season Print
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 16:46

Football team racks up more first downs than Whitnall in playoff game

Port Washington’s football team moved the ball against a bigger Whitnall team on the road on Friday, but a couple of big plays keyed the end to the Pirates’ season.
No. 3-seeded Whitnall prevailed, 34-14, over the No. 6 seeded Pirates in an opening round Division 3 playoff game.
The Pirates threatened early, taking the opening drive to Whitnall’s 12-yard-line, before a penalty pushed them back, leading to a turnover on downs.
The Falcons completed a slant on their first play from scrimmage, a Port cornerback fell down and it turned into a 77-yard touchdown.
“That was a bummer,” coach John Bunyan said.
BAIERL PASS (CR) DSC 5682Port battled back to 13-6 on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Adam Baierl to Jacob Lippe in the second quarter.
On the ensuing possession, the Falcons answered on a wheel route Port didn’t see in film. The quarterback put it on a dime to a running back for an 80-yard score, Bunyan said. That put the Falcons up 20-6 at half.
Bunyan compared the Falcons’ field general Jacob Flores to Russell Wilson. He would attack the line and then pull back and throw over the Pirates. Flores went 9-for-16 passing for 259 yards and three touchdowns.
He said Whitnall played its best game of the season, from what he heard from other coaches.

“We didn’t expect them to be that explosive,” he said.
Port cut into a 27-6 deficit in the fourth quarter with a halfback pass. Lippe ran a jet motion and tossed 15 yards to Lucas Hausner.
“We played hard. We competed. They had some real big size up front, and they were able to move the football,” Bunyan said.
But Port could move it as well. The Pirates tallied more first downs, 18, than the Falcons’ 16.
Bunyan said the defense worked hard as a unit, and Deron Spicer ran hard behind a line that did what it could against the Falcons’ size.
Spicer ran for 98 yards on 18 carries. Baierl added 50 on 16 runs. He went 12-for-22 passing for 106 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Lippe caught seven balls for 64 yards and ran four times for 17 yards.
Port’s season ended at 5-5, but the Pirates advanced to the postseason for the second straight year.
“I’m pretty excited about leadership of our seniors and how they came through and did a great job,” Bunyan said.
“They struggled as freshmen and turned it around. It’s a special group and I’m sad to see them go.”
Looking ahead, Port’s big three — Baierl, Spicer and Lippe — all return for their senior year next season, and all will have playoff experience, along with the rest of the Pirates coming back.
They’re going to be hungry and ready to go,” Bunyan said.