Rockets take down top seed to move to Level 3

Spencer-Columbus defensive back Calvin Lenz rips the ball from the hands of Wautoma receiver Taylor Rivers in the front corner of the Hornet end zone  on a third-down play with 37 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 28-27 WIAA Division 4 Level 2 playoff win on Oct. 31. The Rockets forced another incompletion on the next play to seal the win.

If the Spencer-Columbus Rockets continue to be seen as the underdogs as they make their way through the WIAA Division 4 football playoff field, that’s fine with them. They have the inner confidence it takes to win, said head coach Jason Gorst, and it’s growing every week.
The Rockets took another step forward on Oct. 31, upsetting top-seeded Wautoma 28-27 on the Hornets’ home turf. A botched Wautoma extra-point kick attempt early in the fourth quarter proved to be decisive, but the Spencer-Columbus defense had to make two huge stops down the stretch to survive. With key individual efforts, they did it, and now advance to a Level 3 game at Little Chute (9-2) on Nov. 8. Kick-off is set for 4 p.m.
Spencer-Columbus, now 8-3 on the season, is seeded fifth in its 8-team playoff pool and has faced a higher seed on the opponents’ field in the first two rounds. That has cast the Rockets as the underdogs, but Gorst said his team knows it can play with any team. Its three regular season losses came to Stanley-Boyd, now 11-0 and a top Division 5 seed; Eau Claire Regis, 10-1 and still alive in D5; and Edgar, 11-0 and a top seed in D6.

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