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Spencer/Columbus running back Brock Bennington. Photo Courtesy of Lucky Shot Media

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WEYAUWEGA – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic running game eventually outdid the Weyauwega-Fremont passing attack and the Rockets pulled out a 48-28 win in a Central Wisconsin Conference Large Division football game Friday night at Weyauwega-Fremont High School.

Spencer/Columbus, which had been shutout the past two weeks, ran for 369 yards and scored three unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory and improve to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the CWC Large.

Spencer/Columbus led 21-7 after halftime as Will Gorst had an 8-yard touchdown run, Xane Adler caught a 23-yard TD pass from Cole Timmler, and Brock Bennington scored from the 2.

Weyauwega-Fremont, behind the arm of quarterback Hunter Meisenhelder, mounted a comeback.

Meisenhelder threw his second touchdown of the game, 25 yards to Kameron Zielke, and ran in from the 6 to tie the game.

After Adler hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass from Timmler to give the Rockets a 27-21 lead, Meisenhelder connected with Brayden Arndt on a 65-yard scoring pass and the Warhawks made the extra point to grab a 28-27 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Spencer/Columbus’ defense responded, shutting out the Warhawks the rest of the way, and the Rockets’ pounding running game took over.

Gorst scored from the 3, Timmler ran in from the 10, and Bennington scored his second TD from the 2 as Spencer/Columbus pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Gorst finished with 216 yards rushing and Bennington added 113 for the Rockets.

Meisenhelder was on fire for the Warhawks (0-4, 0-2 CWC Large), going 23-for-39 for 366 yards, but was intercepted twice by Timmler and Bennington. Arndt caught 12 of those passes for 251 yards and two scores in the loss.

“We are really proud of our guys’ effort,” SC coach Jason Gorst said. “They had their best week of practice yet. Will Gorst had a breakout week.”

Spencer/Columbus will host undefeated Amherst next Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at Spencer High School. The game will be live at

Rockets 48, Warhawks 28

Spencer/Columbus 7 14 6 21 - 48

Weyauwega-Fremont 7 0 14 7 - 28

First Quarter

SC – Will Gorst 8 run (Brock Bennington kick).

WF – Brayden Arndt 39 pass from Hunter Meisenhelder (Dylan Anadell kick).

Second Quarter

SC – Xane Adler 23 pass from Cole Timmler (Bennington kick).

SC – Bennington 2 run (Bennington kick).

Third Quarter

WF – Kameron Zielke 25 pass from Mesienhelder (Anadell kick).

WF – Meisenhelder 6 run (Anadell kick).

SC – Adler 21 pass from Timmler (kick missed).

Fourth Quarter

WF – Arndt 65 pass from Meisenhelder (Anadell kick).

SC – Gorst 3 run (kick missed).

SC – Timmler 10 run (Bennington kick).

SC – Bennington 2 run (Timmler run).

Individual Leaders

Rushing: SC, Will Gorst 19-216, Brock Bennington 20-113, Xane Adler 7-25, Cole Timmler 2-15. WF, Nick Huebner 4-17, Hunter Meisenhelder 1-6.

Passing: SC, Timmler 5-9-79-2. WF, Meisenhelder 23-39-366-2.

Receiving: SC, Adler 3-57. WF, Brayden Arndt 12-251, Kameron Zielke 5-54, Huebner 2-36.

Interceptions (defense): SC, Timmler, Bennington.

Fumble recoveries (defense): SC, Nate Rucker.

Records: Spencer/Columbus 2-2, 1-1 Central Wisconsin Conference Large Division; Weyauwega-Fremont 0-4, 0-2 CWC Large.

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