Two Rivers earns playoff berth with win


Article printed with permission from Herald Times Reporter   Two Rivers put together when of its most dominating performances of the season when it needed it most. Needing a victory to become playoff eligible, the Raiders (4-5, 4-3 EWC) hung up 379 Read more

Formidable Four: TR eyes playoff berth after turnaround


Article printed with permission from Herald Times Reporter   By the end of Week 4 of the prep football season, things were looking bleak for Two Rivers. The Raiders were 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference. TR was without Read more


Article printed with permission from Herald Times Reporter   The Two Rivers football team fell behind 36-6 at halftime and couldn’t recover en route to a 42-18 loss to host Kewaskum in Eastern Wisconsin Conference play on Friday. The Raiders (3-5, 3-3 Read more

TR grad Kasper honored


UW-Oshkosh redshirt freshman quarterback and Two Rivers graduate Brett Kasper was pressed into service on Saturday during the Titans’ 32-7 win over UW-Stout. Kasper entered the game in relief of injured starter Dylann Rausch and threw for 192 yards and Read more

Two Rivers earns playoff berth with win

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Two Rivers put together when of its most dominating performances of the season when it needed it most.

Needing a victory to become playoff eligible, the Raiders (4-5, 4-3 EWC) hung up 379 total yards while limiting host New Holstein (2-7, 1-6 EWC) to just 91 in a 38-0 win in an Eastern Wisconsin Conference matchup on Friday night.

Marcos Alfaro Jr. had two passing touchdowns to go along with a rushing score. He finished the night 11-for-19 through the air for 189. His favorite target was Ethan Willman who hauled in six of those passes for 113 yards and was on the receiving end of both scoring strikes.

Willman also carried the ball four times for 68 yards, making him the team leader in that category.

Chris Yauch had 10 tackles and two sacks for TR.

 

TWO RIVERS 8 8 16 6 38
New Holstein 0 0 0 0 0

Scoring summary

First Quarter

TR — Brandon LaChapelle 11 run (Chandler Donati 2-pt. run)

Second Quarter

TR — Ethan Willman 89 pass from Marcos Alfaro Jr. (Willman 2-pt. pass from Alfaro Jr.)

Third Quarter

TR — Alfaro Jr. 3 run (Adam LaPalm 2-pt. pass from Alfaro Jr.)

TR — Willman 17 pass from Alfaro Jr. (Devin Palmquist 2-pt. run)

Fourth Quarter

TR — Derrin President 22 run (PAT failed)


Formidable Four: TR eyes playoff berth after turnaround

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By the end of Week 4 of the prep football season, things were looking bleak for Two Rivers.

The Raiders were 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference. TR was without starting quarterback Trevor Smith, who is out for the season after suffering a broken leg in a Week 1 loss to Roncalli and the defense had just surrendered a season-high 54 points to Campbellsport.

For awhile, the thought of pushing the streak of consecutive playoff appearances to four took a back seat to simply getting in the win column.

On Sept. 19, that’s exactly what the Raiders did, topping Waupun on the road 44-27.

“We kind of came together and said ‘this is what we need to do: we’re going to stick to our game plan no matter what. Everybody has to do their part’ and they came out and did it,” Two Rivers head coach Kevin Shillcox said. “It was extremely satisfying. It was a good moment for the kids.”

After securing their first victory, the Raiders strung together back-to-back wins, downing Kiel 51-35 before taking down Sheboygan Falls 40-34 last week.

With two games remaining in the regular season, Two Rivers becomes postseason eligible with a single win.

Shillcox noticed an immediate change in the aura surrounding his players following the win over Waupun.

“It was like the old times, last year, when they were getting the wins, they had that confidence,” Shillcox said. “They’re just playing with confidence right now, at the right time of the year.”

Maintaining the proper attitude was a key to the turn around.

“What’s been keeping us together as a team has just been staying family, staying together as a team and not straying from the course of what our goals were at the beginning of the year,” Shillcox said. “The kids never gave up … even when it was getting a little ugly. They keep coming back and fighting. We’re pretty competitive. They keep their heads high.”

Marcos Alfaro Jr. stepped into the quarterback role in Week 5 allowing Ethan Willman, the conference’s leader in receiving yards, to move back to wide out.

Two Rivers has averaged 45 points and 431 yards of offense per game since that change.

“Opening up the playbook again, having a little more experienced quarterback, it helps,” Shillcox said. “I think the kids know that there’s more there and they play with a little more energy because they know we have a lot of weapons and our offense can be pretty potent. We can move the ball quickly. They know they’re going to be in every game when the playbook is that open. We’re not afraid to call anything on offense.”

Two Rivers (3-4, 3-2 EWC) travels to Kewaskum tonight for a showdown with the Indians (7-0, 5-0 EWC), the fourth-ranked team in Division 3 in the WisSports.net coaches poll.

Kewaskum boasts Brandon Thull, the state’s leader in rushing yards. The senior averages over 220 yards per game on the ground, a total of 7.8 yards per clip.

Tonight’s game is, no doubt, a ‘big one’ but that didn’t changed the way Shillcox addressed his team this week.

“There’s no special message. We’ve done that in past years … we thought one game was bigger than the other. My motto this year is: ‘there’s no game bigger than the next one,’” Shillcox said. “We don’t talk about who we’re playing, it’s just an opponent. We’re going to worry about what we do.”

The Raiders go toe-to-toe with New Holstein (2-5, 1-4 EWC) in the regular season finale next week. Though TR needs one more win to clinch a playoff berth, Shillcox doesn’t feel his squad is under duress.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kids right now,” Shillcox said. “Our kids were under a lot of pressure at 0-4 and they never got rattled. It didn’t bother them. They kept working.”


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The Two Rivers football team fell behind 36-6 at halftime and couldn’t recover en route to a 42-18 loss to host Kewaskum in Eastern Wisconsin Conference play on Friday.

The Raiders (3-5, 3-3 EWC) were led by quarterback Marcos Alfaro Jr. who completed 23-of-35 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns to receiver Ethan Willman. Willman hauled in a pair of 62-yard scoring passes and finished with 10 catches for 199 yards.

The other Two Rivers touchdown came in the fourth quarter when backup quarterback Dawson Kiphart found Romero Stokes for a 15-yard strike.

Up next for the Raiders is a meeting with host New Holstein, a game Two Rivers needs to become playoff eligible.

 

TWO RIVERS 0 6 0 12 18
Kewaskum 14 22 6 0 42

Scoring summary

First Quarter

K — 33 pass Charles Witek from Michael Prochnow (Maxwell Hardy kick)

K — 14 run Brandon Thull (Hardy kick)

Second Quarter

K — 32 pass Witek from Prochnow (Hardy kick)

TR — 62 pass Ethan Willman from Marcos Alfaro Jr. (2-point no good)

K — 50 run Thull (Prochnow pass)

K — 65 pass Eric Doll from Prochnow (Hardy kick)

Third Quarter

K — Thull 53-yard run (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter

TR — 62 pass Willman from Alfaro Jr. (2-point no good)

TR — 15 pass Romero Stokes from Dawson Kiphart (2-point no good)

Team stats

 

TR K
First downs 15 10
Rushing 21-65 26-205
Yards passing 364 248
Comp.-Att.-Int. 25-37-364 12-18-248
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 4-20 4-22

Individual leaders

Rushing: TR — Darrin President 4-54; K — Brandon Thull 18-195

Passing: TR — Marcos Alfaro Jr. 23-35-340; Dawson Kiphart 2-2-24 K — Michael Prochnow 12-18-248

Receiving: TR — Ethan Willman 10-199; K — Charles Witek 6-142


TR grad Kasper honored

UW-Oshkosh redshirt freshman quarterback and Two Rivers graduate Brett Kasper was pressed into service on Saturday during the Titans’ 32-7 win over UW-Stout.

Kasper entered the game in relief of injured starter Dylann Rausch and threw for 192 yards and a touchdown. He showed poise by completing 18-of-24 passes.

For his efforts, Kasper was nominated for the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference offensive football player of the week for Sept. 29-Oct. 5.


LaChappelle Leads Raiders to Victory

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Two Rivers broke a tie with a 12-yard touchdown by Brandon LaChappelle with just 15 seconds remaining, keeping the playoff hopes alive for the host Raiders with the 40-34 victory over Sheboygan Falls on Friday.

Falls dropped to 1-6 overall, 1-4 in the EWC, while Two Rivers moved to 3-4, 3-2.

Marcos Alfaro Jr. had a well-balanced game for the Raiders, rushing 23 times for 11 yards while completing 14-of21 passes for 129 yards. Alfaro Jr.’s favorite target was receiver Ethan Willman, who hauled in seven passes for 76 yards.

He also scored three first-half touchdowns. Alfaro found receiver Chandler Donati for a 6-yard scoring strike in the first quarter before running it in from six later in the frame. He also found Adam LaPalm for an 11-yard to start the second quarter.

In the third quarter, the Raiders’ Chris Yauch scampered in for a nine-yard touchdown run for the lone score of the quarter. Yauch finished the game tied with Alfaro Jr. with 111 yards rushing on 21 carries.

The second-to-last touchdown for Two Rivers came on a 46-yard run by Willman.

LaChappelle scored the game-winning touchdown but also made his presence felt defensively. He tallied 17 tackles, 12 solo, and forced a fumble.


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