STAR JOURNAL REPORT
The Rhinelander High School varsity football team gave up nine first-half touchdowns Friday night when the Hodags were shut out at home in a non-conference contest against Amherst, last year’s Division 5 state champion, 64-0.
The Falcons, who scored all their points in the first half, got on the scoreboard 100 seconds into the game on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Piotrowski to Josh Cisewski.
Amherst scored again less than 3 minutes later on a four-yard touchdown run by Devin Ostrowski.
The Falcons took a three-touchdown lead with 5:23 to play in the first quarter on a 23-yard scoring strike from Piotrowski to Cisewski.
Amherst added two more touchdowns before the opening quarter ended by running the ball with Ostrowski scoring from inside the 10-yard line and Piotrowski finding the end zone from 11 yards away.
The Falcons expanded on their 36-0 first-quarter lead with four more touchdowns before halftime. After Piotrowski and Cisewski connected on their third scoring strike of the game, Marcus Glodowski intercepted a pass to score, Mitchell Trebe scored on a fumble recovery and Piotrowski ran into the end zone from 72 yards away.
Amherst outgained RHS in total offense, 321-130. Piotrowski, who completed seven of 11 passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns, also ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns. The Hodags recorded 116 of their yards passing with Cole Spaulding completing 10 of 21 attempts and throwing three interceptions. Five of those completions were hauled in by Owen White for 92 yards.
The Hodags’ starting quarterback, Logan Freund, wasn’t able to complete a pass in four attempts and threw two interceptions.
With the loss, RHS dropped to 2-4 overall. The Hodags will seek their first conference win of the season this coming Friday when they host Medford for Homecoming.
Amherst 64, Hodags 0
Amherst 36 28 0 0 – 64
Hodags 0 0 0 0 – 0