Just because the Whitefish Bay football team is small in number (less than 45 total sophomore through senior), doesn't mean that it can't be physical, or intense or remarkably efficient at times like the Blue Dukes looked in their 38-7 North Shore Conference opening rout of visiting border rival Nicolet Friday night.
"Our guys are really tested," said junior quarterback Cal Ehrke, one of the few players who doesn't go both ways. "They really know what they're doing both offensively and defensively." Ehrke was an impressive 13 of 15 passing for 156 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
The win improved Bay to 2-1 overall while Nicolet fell to 1-2. The Knights, who were outgained by the Blue Dukes 346-214, had their moments, but first-year Coach Everett Jenkins knew that wasn't nearly enough.
"We have a lot of work to do," he said, "and we need a lot of help. We just lost to a better team tonight. A team that was much better on the line of scrimmage."
The Blue Dukes earned a 21-0 first half lead on a 12-yard run by Ehrke, a six-yard Ehrke to Justin Alt pass and a 22-yard Ehrke to Paul Davis connection with just 2.5 seconds left in the half.
Davis, who finished with four catches for 66 yards, caught a 15-yard TD strike from Ehrke to start the second half. After Knight quarterback Brandon Kappel (15 of 27 for 154 yards and three interceptions) scored on a two-yard run immediately following the second Davis TD, Bay ended any drama when senior safety Gabe Aleman returned an interception 55 yards for a TD.
Kicker Will Hagerup finished off the scoring with a 29-yard field goal. Bay also got 94 yards in rushing and 57 yards in catches from Brian Kroll and 84 yards rushing on 18 carries from Deontaye Brown.
"We made some plays tonight," said Blue Duke coach Jim Tietjen.
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