There was no shortage of scoring between Gibraltar and Menominee Indian, as the two teams combined for 118 points Thursday afternoon, but it was Gibraltar coming out on top 70-48.
It was a banged up Menominee Indian team that took the field to begin with and it didn’t help losing more players throughout the game, including sophomore quarterback Alex Waukau in the second quarter.
In his absence, Mashaen Waukau carried the bulk of the load, rushing the ball 50 times for 384 yards and four touchdowns. He also completed 6-of-11 passes for 138 yards and two scores, both going to Jarin Reiter for touchdown scores.
“I tell you what, if we can get the ball rolling, we’re fine,” said Menominee Indian head coach Chris Clache. “We’ve got to get healthy and we’re going to get a bunch of guys back next week. We had a lot of them in street clothes today, but hopefully by Monday we should be almost healthy. We got a couple new injuries we have to deal with, but we should be alright.”
Clache was pleased with the effort the team showed, despite trailing by at least two or three possessions throughout most of the second half. Ultimately, this was a game he thought they should have won.
“I mean man-for-man, pound-for-pound we were the better team in my opinion,” he said after the game. “We just had so much inexperience on the field. We had freshman playing in places they shouldn’t have been. I’m not making excuses. We had chances to pull away. We just didn’t do it, but we’ll figure it out. Hopefully we’ll get healthy and be ready for Bowler by Friday.”
Gibraltar was led by quarterback Trevor Reinhardt, who had seven total touchdowns. Adam Reinhardt had three receiving scores, including one of the three special teams touchdowns.