Fall sports sea­son hits the post­sea­son.

Fleet­wood re­gains Hall of Fame Tro­phy, gets first win at ex­pense of win­less Kutz­town

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Ryan Bren­nan For Digital First Me­dia

KUTZ­TOWN » Wins have been hard to come by for the foot­ball pro­grams in Kutz­town and Fleet­wood this sea­son.

Head­ing into Fri­day’s matchup both teams were seek­ing their first win of the sea­son.

Thanks to a strong run­ning per­for­mance by Fleet­wood se­nior run­ning back Mike Wilkin­son and a stout de­fen­sive per­for­mance, the Tigers were able to come out on top by a fi­nal score of 59-6.

The Tigers scored on ev­ery of­fen­sive pos­ses­sion they had in the game, with the ex­cep­tion of the last pos­ses­sion when they would take a knee to end the game. Af­ter tak­ing their lumps against the rest of Berks Foot­ball League Sec­tion 1, Fleet­wood, which is re­turn­ing to Sec­tion 2 next sea­son, wel­comed the chance to play an op­po­nent

“I told the kids all week long that we were in Sec­tion 1 and we got beat down for 17 weeks and the kids were tired of it,” said Tigers’ head coach Sean Gaul. “I told them this is where we be­long and this is where we get back to next year so we have to set the bar high.

Fleet­wood fin­ished the sea­son 1-10 while Kutz­town dropped to 0-10 with the loss.

The scor­ing started when Alex Ru­bino took a sweep play of the left side 44 yards for a touch­down, his first of three on the day.

Af­ter the Cougars turned the ball over on downs in their own ter­ri­tory, Wilkin­son scored his first of four touch­downs of the day on a 25-yard dive play up the mid­dle of the Cougars’ de­fense.

Ru­bino and Wilkin­son would each add a rush­ing touch­down be­fore the quar­ter to bring the score to 30-0 af­ter one.

Wilkin­son would score his third touch­down of the game in the se­cond, cap­ping off an eight play, 52-yard drive with 3-yard touch­down.

“Mike’s a hell of a player he busts his tail in the weight room and on the prac­tice field,” said Gaul.

The Cougars would get on the board late in the se­cond quar­ter, when sopho­more run­ning back Caleb Riegel rum­bled his way

through the Tigers’ de­fense for a 19-yard touch­down.

Fleet­wood’s of­fense would waste no time an­swer­ing the touch­down af­ter Ben­jamin Leis­ter punched in a 3-yard touch­down to bring the score to 45-6 at the half.

The Kutz­town de­fense would come out strong to start the se­cond half, how­ever were un­able to get off the field giv­ing up a 12 play, 55-yard drive which was capped off by Ru­bino for his third and fi­nal touch­down of the game.

Wilkin­son would get his fourth touch­down later in the quar­ter on a 3-yard touch­down run to make the score 59-6.

Ru­bino fin­ished his night with 76 yards on six car­ries in­clud­ing his three touch­downs, while Wilkin­son had 194 yards on 20 car­ries with four touch­downs.

The Tigers’ de­fense was able to come up with stop af­ter stop all game long, forc­ing five turnover on downs and two in­ter­cep­tions (Wilkin­son and Seth Wag­ner) of Cougars’ quar­ter­back Char­lie Mad­docks Jr.

Riegel fin­ished his night with 120 rush­ing yards on 17 car­ries in­clud­ing the one touch­down and added 64 re­ceiv­ing yards.

Kutz­town head coach, Char­lie Mad­docks, was proud of the way his team came out to com­pete in the se­cond half.

“They re­ally work hard,” said Mad­docks. “We have 17 guys from 9th grade to se­niors so some of them should be play­ing fresh­man foot­ball and oth­ers should be play­ing JV but it is what it is.”

Kutz­town now looks to build off the ex­pe­ri­ences their young core of play­ers re­ceived this year.

“We gotta go for­ward to next year,” said Mad­docks. “For our younger guys they’re get­ting ex­pe­ri­ence that nor­mally they wouldn’t have.”


Fleet­wood play­ers and staff cel­e­brate their vic­tory vs Kutz­town while re­claim­ing the Hall of Fame Tro­phy for their win.


Fleet­wood’s Alex Ru­bino breaks one of his three touch­downs against Kutz­town.


Fleet­wood’s Mike Wilkin­son fights of a Kutz­town tack­ler on his way to one of four touch­downs Fri­day.

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