BANGOR – The Webster football team desperately wanted to play the spoiler role.
With a 4-4 record to end the regular season, the Tigers were virtually assured of drawing a difficult opponent for the first round of WIAA postseason play and last Friday, they wanted to start a playoff run with an upset win.
But they weren’t given enough room by Bangor to even put points on the board, let alone earn an upset win to ruin the Cardinals’ unblemished season record. Bangor held the Tigers to just 73 yards of total offense in a 40-0 win to end Webster’s season.
“Bangor is the best team that we have seen all year,” Webster coach Andy Smith said. “We were able to match them at the line of scrimmage for most of the night but their running backs were able to break tackles in the back field for some big runs when they had to have them.”
Though the final score was lopsided and yards were hard to come by, the Tigers remained within a score of the Cardinals through the first quarter. Bangor took a 7-0 lead in the first with a 30-yard touchdown run from Carter Horstman and an extra point kick.
But, the second quarter was a different story.
The Cardinals scored three touchdowns while holding Webster scoreless to take a 26-0 lead into halftime. Horstman scored on an 18-yard run that put Bangor up 14-0, then followed with a 7-yard run and a 1-yard run before the break. All the while the Cardinals dashed each Webster effort to get back in the game.
“We moved the ball inside their 30 (yard line) on the first drive but the drive stalled after a penalty,” Smith said. “We also had a pass knocked away at the 5-yard line in the second half.
“Our guys played extremely hard all night, played for each other and left everything they had on the field.”
Bangor added a pair of insurance scores in the second half, getting a 17-yard touchdown run from Mathieu Osterle and a 19-yard touchdown run from Owen Johnson.
Horstman finished with 193 yards rushing on 30 carries for a Bangor run game that totaled 277 yards in the game. The Cardinals attempted just five passes in the game, one was intercepted by Webster’s Keith Glienke.
Coleton Peterson was 5-for-16 passing for 30 yards and two interceptions for the Tigers; he also had 32 yards on seven carries to account for more than half of Webster’s yardage total. Glienke had three catches for five yards while Nathan Stadler had 10 yards rushing on eight carries.
Timothy Fornego had 17 tackles on defense for Webster while Glienke and Harlo Olson had 13 tackles each. Evan Sikorski added 10 tackles.
“Bangor is a solid team that has a chance to be playing at Camp Randall for the third time in five years,” Smith said.
Webster concluded the 2019 season with a 4-5 overall record.