Three Lakes-Phelps wideout Ashton Maney reaches over the top of Laona-Wabeno defender Braden Brauer.
Three Lakes-Phelps wideout Ashton Maney reaches over the top of Laona-Wabeno defender Braden Brauer.
The battle of unbeatens in the Marinette-Oconto-Northern Lakes-Packerland West Conference (MONLPWC) lived up to its billing Saturday as Three Lakes-Phelps hosted rival Laona-Wabeno in what was Homecoming for the home Bluejays.

Connor Taylor and his Rebels’ teammates though had no plans on making it an easy day of celebration as the senior quarterback almost single-handidly carried his team to victory, rushing for 192 yards while throwing for 151 more in a 24-18 win for the Rebels.

With the win Laona-Wabeno (6-0, 3-0) takes control of the top spot in the conference, and remains undefeated overall with just two weeks in the regular season left to play.

Laona-Wabeno will finish the season with Elcho-White Lake this coming week at home, and then end with hosting Suring who was beaten this past week by Florence who recorded their first league win of the season.

Three Lakes-Phelps will play at Suring this coming Saturday in their Homecoming contest, and then return home the following week to end their regular season schedule with Wausaukee, Thursday, Oct. 14.

Level I playoffs are scheduled for Oct. 22-23 with the 16-team tournament getting underway then.

Teams eligible for the postseason must have played a minimum of five games this season.

A win this coming Saturday in Suring would almost guarantee a spot in the postseason for the Bluejays swho will finish above .500 in league play.

Loss to L/W

Saturday’s game inside the game was an offensive battle between Three Lakes-Phelps’Ashton Maney and the Rebels’ Taylor.

A dual-threat quarterback, Taylor used both his arm and feet to establish himself early as the Rebels would score first and take a 6-0 lead after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Three Lakes-Phelps responded with a pair of touchdowns, however Laona-Wabeno matched the output and took an 18-12 lead into the half before going in front 24-12 in the third.

Three Lakes-Phelps would cut the lead to 24-18 with a score in the fourth, but that’s where it would finish.

Taylor tossed the ball 23 times on the day, completing 13 passes for 151 yards and one score to receiver Carter Janesch who grabbed a 37-yard scoring strike. Adam Seeber grabbed eight passes and finished with 82 receiving yards.

On the ground Taylor rushed it 25 times for a robust 192 yards (7.7 yards per carry) including three touchdowns.

For Three Lakes-Phelps, Maney had another good offensive day as he rushed 18 times for 93 yards and a score while also catching six passes for 146 yards and two more touchdowns.

Quarterback Jared Kaufman was 8-of-11 through the air with the two scoring passes to Maney and one interception. He also rushed the ball seven times for 23 yards. He was also sacked three times on the day.

Josh Cogar ran the ball four times for 17 yards. LJ Terlizzi had one catch for 37 yards while Brandon Baumann added one catch for 24 yards.

Defensively Kaufman led the way with 13 total tackles. Maney added 10 while Terlizzi had nine.