FOUNTAIN CITY — No one in the Dairyland Conference will be happier to see Cale Lisowski graduate than Melrose-Mindoro.
Lisowski, a senior quarterback for the Cochrane-Fountain City High School football team, torched the Mustangs for four touchdowns in lopsided win last season.
Friday night, Lisowski was at it again.
In a 45-20 victory over the Mustangs, Lisowski accounted for five touchdowns — all of them coming in the first half.
“Right away we were going to run the option on them because that’s what we’ve done in the past, probably ever since (C-FC coach Steve) Lyga’s been coach we’ve run option, and it’s worked,” Lisowski said.
“But we came out passing and everything was open.”
Lisowski’s first half stat line read like this: 9-for-10 passing, 291 yards, four touchdowns, four carries for 19 yards and an interception return for a touchdown.
While it appeared he was a one-man wrecking ball, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. All four touchdown passes were to different receivers and he connected with six different targets on the night.
“You can look all over the field and know all of them are going to catch the ball,” said Lisowski, who threw just four passes in the second half.
After a turnover on the opening drive, the Pirates scored on six consecutive possessions. With a 66-yard screen pass to Jordan Halverson — redemption of sorts for Halverson as he lost a fumble on the first drive — igniting a 45-0 Pirates’ run that lasted until the last three seconds of the first half.
That’s when Melrose-Mindoro’s Ross Anderson connected with John Ramsey from 5 yards out to give the Mustangs their first points, although they had a huge mountain yet to climb.
“We’ve been getting better and better every game this season, that’s both offensively and defensively,” Lyga said. “Hats off to the kids for making it one more step each week to getting better.”
The Pirates started the season 0-2, but have since rattled off four consecutive wins and have taken over the outright lead in the Dairyland Conference.
Melrose-Mindoro did outscore the Pirates 14-0 in the second half, with Mustang senior running back Alex Hatlevig breaking two touchdown runs and ending the game with 146 yards rushing.
“Most of the points they scored today were on our JV,” Lyga said. “We understand that. They (reserves) got an opportunity to play in front of a large crowd.”