ALBURNETT — Clayton Ridge (3-1) made big play after big play on both sides of the ball in a 28-6 win over Alburnett (2-2) last night in a key Class 1A-5 prep football game.
Eagle’s quarterback Kohle Helle had the hot hand all night, completing all 11 of his passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns.
Helle’s first big play came on a 4th-and-8 when he completed a 22-yard pass to Trey Roehlk to keep the opening drive alive. Helle then completed the drive by dashing in from 2 yards out giving the Eagles an early 7-0 lead.
On their next drive, Helle once again found a wide-open Roehlk, this completion coming in the form of a 55-yard touchdown. The long strike gave the Eagles a 14-0 first quarter lead.
“Tonight was mainly our receivers and offensive line,” Helle said. “I had all the time in the world to throw the ball. They were all easy throws and I have great athletes to throw to.”
It was then the defense’s turn to make a big play. Opportunity arose when defensive back Colten Connelly intercepted a pass at Alburnett’s 37. The Eagles offense then capitalized as fullback Kristopher Ihde rushed from 5 yards out for the score. Clayton Ridge took a 21-0 lead into half.
The Pirates started the second half looking to get back in business, taking the ball 84 yards in a nearly six-minute drive. Alec Philipp connected with Dillon Coves from 15 yards out to narrow the score 21-6.
But the Eagle’s answered early in the fourth quarter as Helle hit Joe Kann from 1-yard out. Roehlk sealed the deal with an interception late in the fourth.
“(Helle) does a great job of leading the team,” said Clayton Ridge Coach Dan Breuer. “I think he’s trusting his arm and trusting his blocking a little more.”