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New London-Spicer football hosts Litchfield Sept. 29, 2017. Jake Schultz / Tribune1 / 7
Litchfield's Dylan Madsen sheds a New London-Spicer defender during Friday's game in New London. Jake Schultz / Tribune2 / 7
New London-Spicer's student section cheers in Friday's homecoming game against Litchfield. Jake Schultz / Tribune3 / 7
New London-Spicer's Jake Schmidt crashes into a Litchfield defender in Friday's game in New London. Jake Schultz / Tribune4 / 7
New London-Spicer quarterback Brandon Adelman tosses a first quarter pass in Friday's game against Litchfield. Jake Schultz / Tribune5 / 7
Litchfield's Isaac Rick carries the ball tries to break through a gap in Friday's game against New London-Spicer in New London. Jake Schultz / Tribune6 / 7
New London-Spicer's Sam Stageberg runs in open space in Friday's game against Litchfield in New London. Jake Schultz / Tribune7 / 7

NEW LONDON — It's football season but New London-Spicer was full of home runs in Friday's 56-20 Homecoming win over Litchfield.

The Wildcats showcased every aspect of a high-powered offense with a series of home run plays to take an early lead and add to that throughout the game.

Kelly Bennetts was a lightning rod with 142 rushing yards on five carries and three catches for 55 yards. He ended the day with three total touchdowns highlighted by a 42-yard score to open the game. Teammate Sam Stageberg also ran for a pair of touchdowns, including a 74-yard score in the first quarter to put the game at 12-0. He finished the game with 167 yards rushing on only eight carries.

Blake Peterson rounded out the trio of Wildcat runners with 83 yards rushing on four carries, picking up most of those yards on a 69-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Isaac Rick was the workhorse for the Dragons, rushing for 178 yards on 34 carries. Ultimately it was the Wildcats' efficiency that powered the home team to a win. They out-rushed the Dragons 408-220 despite having 24 carries to Litchfield's 52 averaging 17 yards per carry compared to Litchfield's 4.23.

NLS's defense proved its strength from start to finish as well, earning a safety in under two minutes.

NLS 56, Litchfield 20

Litchfield (1-4) 0 6 8 6 — 20

NL-Spicer (3-2) 12 15 13 16 — 56

Scoring Plays

N — Kelly Bennetts 24 run (Kick blocked)

N — Sam Stageberg 74 run (Pass failed)

N — Blake Peterson 69 run (Jani TerWisscha kick)

L — Isaac Rick 5 run (Pass failed)

N — Bennetts 27 pass from Brandon Adelman (TerWisscha pass from Adelman)

N — Jake Schmidt 21 pass from Adelman (TerWisscha kick)

N — Bennetts 42 run (Kick failed)

L — Dylan Madsen 22 run (Dylan Schultz pass from Matt Wedin)

N — Schmidt 22 pass from Adelman (TerWisscha kick)

N — Stageberg 37 run (TerWisscha kick)

L — Cyril Rogers 39 run (Pass failed)

N — Safety

Litchfield

First downs: 17 ... Penalties: 8-80 ... Rushing (Individual and team): Isaac Rick 34-178, Max Tibbits 5-(-41), Dylan Madsen 9-64, Matt Wedin 1-(-8), Trevor Meyer 1-0, Cyril Rogers 1-39. 52-220 ... Passing (Individual and team): Max Tibbits 2-10-17-1, Wedin 4-10-48-1. 6-20-65-2 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Alex Gruenke 1-14, Rick 2-22, Dylan Schultz 1-11, Mason Dietel 1-12, Jacob Schneider 1-6. 6-65 ... Interceptions: NA ... Fumble recoveries: none ... Tackles (solo-assist): NA ... QB sacks: NA

New London-Spicer

First downs: 10 ... Penalties: 8-66 ... Rushing (Individual and team): Sam Stageberg 8-167, Blake Peterson 4-83, Kelly Bennetts 5-142, Brandon Adelman 8, Jani TerWisscha 1-6, Ethan Haugen 2-2. 24-408 ... Passing (Individual and team): Adelman 7-13-132-1, I Jones 0-1-0-0. 7-14-132-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Bennetts 3-55, Jake Schmidt 4-77. 7-132 ... Interceptions: Schmidt 1, Bennetts 1, Gideon Mische 1 ... Fumble recoveries: none ... Tackles (solo-assist): Blake Peterson 13-3, Mische 11-3, Brandon Harlow 12-1, Schmidt 8-3, TerWisscha 8-1 ... QB sacks: Harlow 4.5, Andrew Templer 0.5, Shawn Bahr 1

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