What a great way to cap off an eventful homecoming week! The homecoming football game did not disappoint. The Blue Devils finished with a blowout win (37-12) over the Stevens Point Pointers to move to 5-1 on the season.
Almost a decade ago, in 2002, was the last time the Blue Devils started the season 5-1. “We Won’t look at our record until the season is over. Our goal each week is to go 0-1. This league is too tough to spend your time looking at the past. On to the next game. Another opportunity to get better.” Head coach Clayt Birmingham said after the game on Saturday. This is his twelfth year in the position.
Stevens Point receives the ball to kickoff the game. The first drive for the Blue Devil offense went for 65 yards and ended with a 19 yard touchdown pass from receiver Tyler Seymour to receiver Levy Hamer with 8:50 left in the first. The first quarter ended with the loss of the Pointers starting quarterback Max Herro due to injury. Herro did not return to the game. Backup Trey Schroeder finished the game at quarterback.
The quarter started with a failed flea flicker attempt from the Pointers. The Pointers later got in the red zone with a 29 yard field goal attempt by Victor Ponterio, which was blocked by defensive lineman Riley Crotteau and Johnny Schmitt to keep the Pointers at zero. With two seconds left on clock, Jack Meyer drained a 48 yard field goal against the strong wind to give the Blue Devils a 10-0 lead at half.
The third quarter was full of action and started with a 20 yard touchdown pass from Sean Borgerding to Levy Hamer, making the score 16-0 with 13:13 on the clock. The extra point was missed by Freshman Luke Cool. The touchdown catch put Levy Hamer at second all-time for receiving yards in a career, with 2,314 yards.
Scott Fredrickson currently holds the record for most receiving yards in a career, with 3,390 yards (1986-89).
“It feels good getting acknowledged for all the time and hard work I put into the game I love. But I’m not done yet, I’m going for the record!” Junior receiver Levy Hamer said after the game. The stout offense got great field position from an interception by Cannon Griner, his third on the season. Sophomore Cannon Griner leads the Stout Defense in interceptions, solo tackles, assisted tackles and pass break-ups. Junior Quarterback Sean Borgerding punched the ball in for a one yard rushing touchdown, which put the Blue Devils up 22-0. Cool knocks down the extra point making it 23-0 with 9:27 on the clock. Griner helped again to keep the Pointers at zero points with a strip fumble recovered by the Stout defense. “The atmosphere was awesome and helped feed the intensity of the game.” Griner said.
I asked Griner which play from the game was his favorite. “Forcing that fumble was my favorite play, strip fumbles are hard to come by.” Third quarter action ended with yet another fumble recovery from the Stout Defense by Junior defensive lineman Scott Gustafson.
Matt Pomietlo started the quarter with a one yard rushing touchdown. Cool’s extra point was good, making it 30-0 with 14:26 left in the quarter. The Pointers finally got on the board in the fourth. Wide receiver Jose Agulera was on the other end of a 27 yard touchdown pass from Schroeder to put the Pointers on the board at 30-6. The extra point was blocked again, this time by Senior cornerback Nick Arguedas.
A great 60 yard kick return by Sophomore Arthur Cox set up the Stout offense at their own 25. Freshman Carter Fonger capitalized on the return with a five yard rushing touchdown, the first of his career.
Sophomore Carson Strong made an impressive interception late in the fourth, but it got taken away by a controversial pass interference call. The last touchdown of the day came from the Pointers, Schroeder to Agulera going for 15 yards. Pointers went for two and failed, making the final score 37-12.
Stout Blue Devils defended their homefield on homecoming week, moving on to 5-1 on the season. Stevens Point Pointers fell to 2-4 on the season. Next week the Blue Devils take on the La Crosse Eagles (5-1). The match should be a great conference battle with both teams sitting at 5-1 on the season.