GRANTSBURG—The Grantsburg Pirates notched another win on Friday in a big 64-7 Homecoming win over the Shell Lake Lakers in front of a large crowd despite the rainy weather.
The win keeps the Pirates in the undefeated column for the season and sets up a North Lakeland Conference showdown with the Unity Eagles on Friday night. The Eagles have an undefeated conference record as well, and Friday’s winner will take the title.
“It was a nice Homecoming win for us. Our starting offense and defense played well early and our entire team got quality playing time in front of a great home crowd,” Pirates head coach Adam Hale said. “Scoring in all three phases of the game always is a big lift and I thought we improved on a lot of little things this week.”
As usual, the Pirates started fast racking up 36 first quarter points while holding the Lakers scoreless.
John Chenal scored from 47 yards out on the Pirates’ opening offensive series. Jared VanWatermuelen put the ball through the uprights for the point after to go up 7-0.
The Lakers were forced to punt on their next possession and John Chenal returned the punt 52 yards for a touchdown. Hauk Mortiz stumbled his way in for the two-point conversion to put the Pirates up 15-0.
Grantsburg recovered the kick-off after it bounced off a Laker foot to go back on offense. On the first play Luke Anderson launches a perfect pass to David MacKean on the sideline who made his way to the 18-yard line. On the next play Leo
Chenal breaks several tackle attempts and makes his way to the endzone for another Pirate score. The PAT is good to make it a 22-0 game with 7:41 left in the first quarter.
John Chenal got the Pirates on the scoreboard again, taking a hand-off right up the middle, going 55 yards to paydirt. VanWatermuelen’s PAT is good to go up 29-0.
John Chenal scored once more this game with 2:10 left on the clock in the first quarter. This time it was from two yards out. The PAT was good to give the Pirates a 36-0 lead to end the quarter.
On the first play of the second quarter, Leo Chenal busts open a 35-yard run to the endzone for the score. Bryce Roufs takes the snap and tosses it to Leo Chenal in the back of the endzone for the two-point conversion to put them up 44-0.
The Pirates went back on defense, and just three plays later their smothering defense forced a fumble which Leo Chenal scooped up and took 32 yards for the touchdown. The PAT was good, 51-0 with over 10 minutes left in the half.
Grantsburg’s starters left the game, giving the reserves and JV players plenty of varsity action on this Homecoming night.
The Pirates struck once more this half when Bryce Roufs pounded his way into the endzone on a five-yard run. The PAT was unsuccessful, making it 57-0.
Shell Lake got on the board off a 43-yard pass play to make it a 57-7 at the break.
The second half of the game was all running clock, making it a quick half. Both teams were scoreless in the third quarter, but the Pirates would score once more on a 20-yard touchdown run by Jase Quimby. VanWatermuelen’s PAT was good to end the scoring at 64-7.
John Chenal had 132 rushing yards on five carries followed by his brother Leo with 69 yards on four carries. Roufs had 15 yards on five carries, Quimby 19 yards on three carries and Ben Johnson had 18 yards on three carries. Levi Miller had three carries good for 21 yards.
Pirate’s quarterback Luke Anderson was five for six for 110 yards for the night. Quimby was two for two and 32 yards.
MacKean had three catches for 75 total yards. Leo Chenal had one catch good for 29 yards, while Garrett Johnson had a 25-yard catch.
John Chenal led the defense with six solo tackles along with three assists. Gabe Chenal was close behind with six solos and two assists. Phil Hein was next on the list with three solos and five assists.
The Pirates will host the Unity Eagles on Friday night in a 7 p.m. game to determine who rules the North Lakeland Conference.
Just as the Pirates have the Badger-bound Chenal brothers, the Eagles have two Division 1 players on their roster in Cody Ince, a senior lineman who committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes and Logan Hendrickson, also a senior, who has been getting looks by D1 schools as well. Grantsburg’s Robert W. Olson Field will be a popular place on Friday night with four D1 players taking to the field to battle it out for the conference title.
“We have the conference title on the line next Friday versus a very good Unity team so it’s right back to work on Monday and we are excited for the challenge,” Coach Hale added.