The Fond du Lac Cardinal football team advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2006 with a 27-20 win at Big 8 champion Middleton on Friday night. Fondy jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead by scoring on their first two possessions. Marcus Ruch caught a four yard TD pass from Jack Nejedlo with 8:07 left in the first quarter. Nejedlo punched it in from 8 yards out to make it 14-zip with 3:53 left in the opening frame. Middleton fought back and cut into the Fond du Lac lead when Cam Maly scored on a 3-yard run. The kick failed and Fondy led 14-6 early in the 2nd quarter. Nejedlo ran for his 2ndtouchdown on the night with 1:01 left in the first half to open up the 21-6 lead. Fondy extended their lead to 27-6 with 11:43 left in the 4th quarter on a Justin Maratik 3-yard run and it looked like they could cruise to the easy win. Middleton wouldn’t lay down. Cody Markel caught a 4 yard TD pass from Kellen Schultz with 4:10 left. After recovering the onside kick, Middleton made it a one score game with Schultz hit tight end Mitch Herl on a 7-yard scoring strike with 3:32 left in the game. Fond du Lac could not move the chains and was forced to punt and give Middleton a chance to tie. Senior Jason Toshner boomed a 61 yard punt that died inside the Middleton one. Fondy clinched the victory with 1:56 left when Lucas Raube intercepted Schultz. Justin Maratik ran for 173 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries. Nejedlo ran for 108 yards and 2 TDs to go along with his 130 yards through the air. Brian Luteyn caught 3 passes for 73 yards. Kellen Schultz was 22-41 for 284 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception for Middleton. Mitch Herl caught 6 passes for 110 yards and a TD. Travis Zander had 7 grabs for 112 yards while Mitch Bacon had 5 catches for 72 yards for Middleton. The win improves Fond du Lac to 10-1 on the season and they will play #1 seed Kimberly next weekend with a date and time to be determined later today.
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