PERKINS - It didn't take long for Superior Central to find their open target down the middle, and once they did, the rout was on.
Cougars senior quarterback Trevor Maki looked comfortable as can be dropping back and hitting fellow senior Dan Steward and Bryce Richard as if they were playing catch in the backyard and Superior Central rolled over Mid Peninsula 52-0 Friday night.
Steward was a matchup nightmare for Mid Pen's defense and the Cougars exploited it often in a 20-point second quarter. Steward hauled in six catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns, as Maki was able to find him in stride as well as in traffic.
Superior Central quarterback Trevor Maki stands and delivers a pass to Dan Steward in the second quarter as Mid Peninsula defenders close in Friday at Perkins.
Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Evan Winkelbauer of Mid Peninsula is interefered with by Nick Maki as he attempts to catch a pass in the first half. Also defending is Trevor Lange, left of Superior Central, Friday at Perkins.
"You throw him the ball, he can go up and get it as good as anybody," Maki said.
Superior Central coach Chris Messano said Steward wasn't the specific target, but it just happened to work out that way.
"Our quarterback was just freely checking. I talked to the team this week. When Mid Pen was going to pile in the box and stop our running game and they didn't have a safety over the top, we'd check to pass over the middle," he said. "It didn't have to be Dan, but it just happened in our formations and our sets that it was Dan a lot. Bryce had some catches as well, we tried to get him the ball."
Superior Central6 20 6 20 - 52
Mid Peninsula0 0 0 0 - 0
SC - Tyler Kienitz, 2-yard run, kick failed, 3:26
SC - Dan Steward, 44-yard reception from Trevor Maki, kick failed, 10:24
SC - Bryce Richard, 7-yard reception from Maki, Kienitz kick, 4:41
SC - Steward, 26-yard reception from Maki, Kienitz kick, 1:33
SC - Nick Maki, 41-yard run, kick failed, 9:55
SC - Steward 66-yard interception return, kick failed, 10:00
SC - Tyler Kienitz, 63-yard run, kick good, 8:44
SC - Trevor Maki, 5-yard run, 2:21
Richard hauled in three catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Maki's impressive performance gave him an arcade-like 290 yards on 12-17 passing with three touchdowns and one interception.
Mid Pen coach Jeremy Herman was impressed with the SC's polished offense.
"We know Superior Central is a passing team. They just had a little more poise and maturity on the field," he said. "Early on, I really appreciated my team's effort, but Superior Central had poise and discipline, they took it to us."
The Wolverines had their opportunities in the first half. With Superior Central leading 6-0 at the start of the second quarter, Mid Pen quarterback Brett Branstrom led the Wolverines down field, hitting Evan Winkelbauer twice while alternating to Ryan Lehtikangas and the running game. But the drive ended inside the Cougars' 10-yard line when Nick Maki intercepted Branstrom.
"Turnovers, that's just part of what we've got to work on," said Herman. "The timing, the discipline, the poise. We didn't get it done, they did."
Superior Central's defense was nearly as impressive as their offense. After allowing 40 points in a win over Posen last week, the Cougars rose to the challenge. Superior Central out-gained the Wolverines 482-162 in total yards.
"We were a little lax last week. They kind of bit on a couple trick plays and it wasn't good enough. It wasn't up to our play as far as defense goes," said Messano. "Tonight they stepped it up and got the job done."
The Cougars also had success in their running game as senior back Tyler Kienitz rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Nick Maki also scored on a 41-yard run in the third quarter.
Branstrom passed for 118 yards and rushed for 20 more but threw three interceptions, one of which was returned 66 yards by Steward for a Cougars touchdown.
Superior Central (4-0) hosts Cedarville (4-0) Saturday while Mid Peninsula (2-2) travels to Three Lakes, Wis. Friday.