Moving from the first week to the second week, Fort Atkinson knew it was going to experience a major difference in talent.
The Fort Atkinson Blackhawks made progress in their development, but were defeated by DeForest, 61-7, in a Badger Conference crossover football game at Jones Dairy Farm Stadium on Friday night.
The Norskies (2-0) scored 34 points in the first quarter and 20 more in the second quarter. Fort Atkinson punched in its first touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter when Alex Courtier capped a drive with a four-yard touchdown run with 3 minutes, 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
One week after the Blackhawks averaged fewer than two yards per play, Courtier carried the ball 11 times for 143 yards.
“Our offensive line is figuring it out,” second-year coach Brady Grayvold said. “We ran the ball much better against a team that’s also much better. We don’t play anyone like them the rest of the year, so we’ll see what we can get.”
Fort Atkinson didn’t convert a first down until a roughing the passer penalty was called in the second quarter of a 32-0 loss to Portage in Week 1. The Blackhawks picked up a first down in the first quarter against DeForest. Courtier broke off a 59-yard run on the first play of the second quarter to give Fort Atkinson the ball on the DeForest 10-yard line.
The scoring threat ended when the Blackhawks fumbled on the DeForest 3-yard line.
Fort Atkinson had four turnovers to DeForest’s zero.
The Norskies ran for 309 yards on 34 carries. In the passing game, DeForest completed four of its five passes for 100 yards and three touchdowns.
“They’re a big, physical team and they’re well coached,” Grayvold said. “They have all the tools to make a deep playoff run in Division 2. ... Our attitudes were great and our effort was good. The great thing is that we got better from Week 1 to Week 2.”
Fort Aktinson sophomore quarterback Carson Baker completed 3 of his 10 passes for 21 yards. Ryan Acosta caught all three passes.
Mika Gutoski led the team with seven tackles and Jacob Horvatin had six.
For Fort Atkinson, it was the 12th consecutive loss for the program dating back to October of 2017.
The Blackhawks will return to action on the road against Milton on Friday at 7 p.m.