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Prep football: Spartans start season with loss at Wausau West

Superior did score twice in the second half but went to the break down 26-0.

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WAUSAU, Wis. — The Superior Spartans gained a foothold but not a victory in the second half of their season opener on Friday at Wausau West.

After going to the halftime break down 26-0, the visitors dug in their heels defensively and started moving the ball on offense, but that was only enough to limit the Warriors to a 33-13 win.

"I think it could have been a different story in the first half, had we made a couple of those bigger plays and not given up some bigger plays," Superior coach Bob DeMeyer said.

The Warriors struck early and often, getting a 48-yard play-action pass from Vince Hanz to Carter Amerson to cap their first drive, and after Superior's first drive of the season was a three-and-out, adding a 49-yard touchdown run from Ray Reineck.

West scored two more times in the second quarter, including a touchdown pass one play after a backbreaking Superior fumble in their own territory in the last minute of the second quarter, as the hosts took a four-touchdown lead into the locker room.


"They're just a sound, physical football team and they capitalized on a couple of mistakes that we made," DeMeyer said.

Superior, however, came out much stronger in the second half, controlling the ball for all but a few plays of the third quarter. They were rewarded by a 5-yard touchdown run, with Jason Thomas diving to the pylon for the score.

Reineck responded with his second touchdown of the game on the ensuing drive, but the Spartans continued to pound the ball forward, with Jack Rivord finding the end zone for the Spartans' other touchdown, early in the fourth quarter.

"That's what we need. We need to compete like that and it's got to be for a full game," DeMeyer said.

According to stats from WXCO-FM, the Spartans had 146 rushing yards led by 82 from Smith on 20 carries. Reineck had 164 yards on 21 carries to lead the Warriors, who got three first-half touchdown passes from Hanz, two to Amerson.

Superior (0-1) will host Rice Lake Friday, Aug. 26 for their home opener.

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