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Peetz Bulldogs earn trip to Colorado 6-Man state title game


Peetz won their first playoff game over Eads 58-8
photo courtesy of peetzschool.org

The Peetz Bulldogs disposed of the Kit Carson Wildcats 62-36 in the semifinals to earn a berth in the Colorado 6-Man State Championship football game this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against Stratton/Liberty. Peetz has won 4 prior state titles in football, the most recent in coming in 2002. It would be Stratton/Liberty’s will be going for their first championship on Saturday

Peetz finished the regular season at 6-1 and entered the playoffs as the third seed behind Stratton/Liberty and the only team to defeat the Bulldogs, Prairie.

Peetz had little trouble in their first round playoff game on October 28. They held 14-seeded Eads to just 89 total yards in the game, while jumping out to a 45-0 halftime lead. The Bulldogs recovered 2 fumbles and picked off Eagle quarterback Trey McDowell twice on their way to a 58-8 win. Bulldog quarterback Tre Fehringer completed 3 of 4 passes for 58 yards. All 3 completions were for touchdowns.

In the quarterfinals, Peetz met an old rival in the 11th seeded Fleming Wildcats. The two teams had squared off at Fleming just 3 weeks before with the Bulldogs coming out on top 39-26. The outcome of the encore was the same as Peetz rolled up 196 rushing yards to advance with a 40-28 win. The Bulldogs were led by Helmuth Wenneker who totaled 81 yards on 11 carries and 2 TDs. The senior also caught one pass for 36 yards and a TD.

Peetz squared off at home last Saturday in the semifinals against the 11th seed Kit Carson. The Bulldogs built a 46-14 halftime lead while rolling up 326 yards of total offense, 138 through the air and 188 on the ground. The Peetz defense forced 5 Wildcats turnovers including 2 for touchdowns, a 41 yard fumble recovery return by senior Hunter White and a 50 yard pick-six by senior Logan Sircy. The Bulldogs rolled into the state championship with a 62-36 win.

This week Peetz will meet the top seed in the Stratton/Liberty Knighted Eagles. Peetz enters the game at 9-1 while Stratton/Liberty is 11-0. If the Bulldogs are going to record their 5th state title, they are going to have to find a way to contain the running game of the Knighted Eagles and 5'9", 170 lbs. running back Jacob McCormick. The senior is averaging 14 carries for 155 yards per game. He has rushed for 1707 yards this season while the Knighted Eagles are averaging 315 per game on the ground. Stratton/Liberty shut out #4 seed Cheyenne Wells in the second half for a 46-14 semifinal win

Kick off of the state championship game between Peetz and Stratton/Liberty is at Liberty High School in Joes Colorado at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18.

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