September 17, 2021 – Slinger, WI – It was school band appreciation night for Slinger and coming off an upset road win against Homestead, the Owls were looking to carry that momentum into their game with the West Bend East Suns. After a back-and-forth first quarter comprised decent ball movement, but saw mostly punting to end offensive drives (3 total, 2 for the Suns, 1 for the Owls).
The Owls had the ball to start the second quarter and after a couple minutes of movement junior Avery Kurth scored his first of three rushing touchdowns in the game.
However, the Suns responded on their first play of the next offensive drive as junior quarterback Peyton Fountain threw a perfect strike that was caught by junior receiver Nate King who made a massive run to complete the 79-yard passing touchdown (West Bend East would miss the extra point).
Slinger would drive the ball down field in response and senior quarterback Drew Fehrman would throw a 7-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Blake Durbin. The very next play for the Suns would see Durbin pick off a pass from Fountain, which led to an 11-yard touchdown from Kurth to give the Owls 14 points in just 1:32 and a 21-6 lead heading into halftime.
Much like the first quarter, the third quarter was a defensive slog, with neither team surrendering big plays. In fact, if not for Kurth’s third and final touchdown run, this one from two yards out, the fourth quarter might have also been mostly uneventful.
Credit should also be given to Fountain; although he was unable to carry the Suns to a victory, he did prove to have a cannon of an arm for passing, really letting the ball fly in ways most high school quarterbacks simply don’t.
West Bend East (1-4, 0-3) returns home for their next game against Whitefish Bay (3-2, 2-1) on Friday, September 24, 2021 with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Slinger (3-1, 2-1) meanwhile looks to continue to ride their momentum as they travel to Cedarburg (3-2, 1-2) for their next game on Friday, September 24, 2021 with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
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