Battle for the ages won by Wilinski

first_imgBy Scott OwenSHAWANO, Wis. (Aug. 29) – Jerry Wilinski came out on top of a battle for the ages to win his fifth Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature in a row and seventh overall Saturday at Shawano Speedway.Eddie Muenster went from sixth to first on lap one and quickly looked to pull away but a lap four caution erased his lead. Muenster was joined by Wilinski, Jason Czarapata, and Marcus Yarie in a battle for the lead.The four cars raced together in a tight pack.  Though Muenster continued to lead, all four drivers fought for position lap after lap. At one point Yarie, Czarapata and Wilinski were three-wide for second.Wilinski tried numerous times to get by Muenster only to be denied. Finally on lap 15, Wilinski made the pass on Muenster stick. Muenster was then forced to go pitside with mechanical woes.This left Czarapata and Yarie to pursue Wilinski. Those three raced nose to tail over the closing laps with Wilinski winning the race. Czarapata had to settle for second, Yarie third and John Berna came from 20th to finish fourth.Travis Van Straten scored local win number 14 in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division.  It was also his 30th win this season as he makes his bid for the national title. Jordan Barkholtz raced to his third Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod win this season at Shawano.last_img read more

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Bielema wants ‘1-0’ mentality

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAfter avoiding a trap game at Fresno State weeks ago, the Badgers found themselves badly wounded by the Michigan Wolverines in a heartbreaking 27-25 Big Ten loss Saturday afternoon. Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema discussed the defeat at his weekly press conference Monday. “Since I’ve been here, we’ve only had to endure a loss six times,” Bielema said. “It’s not easy. It’s nothing I want to ever get used to, but it’s something you have to endure. Our players made references to 1-0, and this is the mentality we have to take.” For a team that usually comes out firing after halftime, the Badgers could not have looked more unlike themselves, allowing 27 points in the second half after forcing five turnovers in the first two quarters. “They were not as good in the second half as they were in the first half,” Bielema said of his defense giving up big plays late in the game. “There are only 68 snaps, but when things start to go against you, when momentum starts to swing to that other side, every rep you start to feel it a little bit more.” Bielema also said he felt a better effort could have been given at certain times during the game. “On a PAT or field goal attempt, you define who you are by the way you play the PAT or field goal opportunities because that means something negative happened against you,” Bielema said. “That has to be when you dig down and play harder than you ever played, and there were a few occasions where that didn’t happen.” Senior quarterback Allan Evridge, who completed 20 of 37 pass attempts for 226 yards on the game, had an up and down game and drew some of the attention after the loss. “There were a lot of things Allan did well and some things he didn’t do well,” Bielema said. “A popular discussion topic was the option calls. … Those are things we felt we would be able to execute with Allan at quarterback, and when those things don’t come through, that’s a disappointment we have.” Bielema recognizes Casillas, Fenelus for individual effort Bielema praised the efforts of junior defensive lineman O’Brien Schofield, but ultimately gave game honors to senior linebacker Jonathan Casillas. “O’Brien probably had one of his best games, but we still gave the MVP to Jonathan Casillas,” Bielema said of his decision. “He played extremely well.”Casillas finished the game with seven total tackles and an interception at the end of the second half that he returned for 49 yards. On special teams, freshman Antonio Fenelus earned recognition from his coach. “Out of six kickoff coverages, he had a tackle on five of those six,” Bielema noted. “He just did a tremendous job for us on punt returns as well. He almost got a blocked punt.”Fenelus also forced a fumble on a punt in the second quarter, which the Badgers recovered. Ineligible man penalty costly Senior tight end Travis Beckum did not play through the first three quarters of Saturday’s game, though he was medically cleared for action. Beckum almost saved the game for the Badgers, catching what appeared at the time to be the game-tying two-point conversion before his mental lapse resulted in a penalty for an ineligible man downfield. “After he saw certain things go a certain way in the fourth quarter, he felt compelled to get out there,” Bielema said of his star tight end. “He obviously was able to catch a nice pass, but I think everyone knows how that two-point conversion turned out. … I point out the fact that if Travis had lined up one half-yard deeper, he would probably be the hero of Wisconsin football right now.” Injury Report Junior tight end Garrett Graham sustained an injury during practice, and the coaches sat him out Saturday. He is expected to be available this weekend. Sophomore wide receiver Maurice Moore also suffered an injury during the bye week. “Everything tells us that he should be able to practice [Tuesday],” Bielema said of Moore. Sophomore defensive back Aaron Henry has yet to see action this season, and it is still unknown when or if he will return this year.“He is slower than we thought in his rehab process,” Bielema said of Henry. “We have this week and next week to get through our six games before the NCAA makes us make a decision about redshirting.” He is not expected to play against Ohio State.last_img read more

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3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 31-6 season-opening loss to North Carolina

first_img Comments The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.For three quarters, nothing about Syracuse’s 31-6 season-opening loss was predictable. The expected high-scoring blowout didn’t happen, as both teams struggled to move the ball and stayed within one score.Then, the fourth quarter began, and UNC scored 21 unanswered points. SU’s offense sputtered for four consecutive three-and-outs, leaving its defense out to dry.  Neither team played well. Both showed signs of rust and of a disjointed offseason, including two punt return touchdowns called back, dropped passes, missed tackles and a missed Andre Szmyt chip shot.Here are three takeaways from SU’s 31-6 defeat to UNC:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTony White dialing up the defenseAfter every play, the defense looked over to defensive coordinator Tony White. The schemes varied almost every play, and UNC could hardly decipher them. Preseason All-American safety Andre Cisco added to his FBS-leading 14 interceptions by reading quarterback Sam Howell’s eyes on a vertical route down the seam in the second half. Ifeatu Melifonwu set the tone early by recovering on a deep route on a play Howell extended with his feet and doing so again with a solid open field tackle. Redshirt freshman Garrett Williams played well, despite matching up against bigger receiver Beau Corrales. Williams finished with a team-high nine total tackles and showed proficiency in tackling, a key for the defensive-back heavy 3-3-5.SU also put pressure on Howell. To hold UNC to a field goal late in the third quarter, Kingsley Jonathan moved quickly to win his matchup and blindside sack Howell on third down in the redzone. Syracuse recorded two sacks and several more pressures in total.But by late in the fourth quarter, Syracuse’s defense was fatigued, and UNC took advantage. Four consecutive three-and-outs had the defense on the field for what felt like forever, and the Tar Heels extended their lead with a trio of touchdown drives. It’s not DeVito’s faultWhile Tommy DeVito is partly responsible for the points Syracuse left on the table, he’s wasn’t the main problem with SU’s offense in Saturday’s loss.Even with minimal protection, DeVito protected the ball, scrambled when he had to and made enough accurate throws downfield. His receivers just didn’t make plays, and the offensive line rarely gave him time to let plays develop. When DeVito had a clean pocket, he made accurate throws. In the redzone in the second quarter, he found a wide-open Sharod Johnson on a corner route, but his touch pass fell right through the redshirt junior’s arms. On a two-minute drill to end the half, DeVito scampered out of the pocket on a 3rd and 9 to extend the drive and threw two perfect balls deep down the sideline to Taj Harris. The first, where Harris was held but no penalty was called, led Harris half a step out of bounds. The second went through his hands.DeVito also extended Syracuse’s field goal drive by running for a first down on 3rd and 11, though he didn’t see an open Aaron Hackett in the end zone on third and goal minutes later. Earlier in the week when asked about his unproven receiving corps, DeVito said, “everybody can catch the football.” At least on Saturday, he was wrong. Struggling running backs On the first drive of the game, UNC’s running back Javonte Williams started to the right of Howell, crossed in front of him and took linebacker Geoff Cantin-Arku’s legs out. If he hadn’t been there, Cantin-Arku would’ve had an easy blindside block. Syracuse’s running backs didn’t make enough of those plays. Second string back Markenzy Pierre just barely grazed star linebacker Chazz Surratt on a blitz up the A-gap on second down. Surratt brought down DeVito for a 10-yard loss, effectively eliminating Syracuse’s comeback chances. Pierre and Jawhar Jordan also struggled in the running game, totaling 38 yards. DeVito, who struggled to extend plays with his feet last year, led SU in rushing (30 yards).SU needs any help it can get in pass protection. Pierre and Jordan, now key players after Abdul Adams and Jarveon Howard opted out of the season, didn’t provide much help on Saturday.  Published on September 12, 2020 at 3:42 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmermancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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