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Matt Ruppel ran for more than 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but Port Washington still fell to Kewaskum, 21-14, in a nonconference football contest on Aug. 26 at Al Urness Field.

Kewaskum held a 7-0 halftime lead, but the Pirates tied it early in the second half after a 79-yard romp by Ruppel.

That tie lasted less than one minute, however, as Kewaskum came back with a 1-yard score by Patrick Krier. The extra point put Kewaskum ahead 14-7 with 9 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

The Indians took a 21-7 lead, but Ruppel tallied from 5 yards out with 3:18 remaining in the game, and the extra point by Caleb Tydrick brought the Pirates within 21-14.

Port did get the ball back with a chance for the tie, but went four-and-out on its possession.

Ruppel finished with 122 yards on 19 carries (6.4 average) for Port, which collected 243 rushing yards on the night. Quarterback Tanner Orten hit 5-of-11 passes for 57 yards, with Jacob Lippe catching two tosses for 30 yards.

"I thought we played well offensively," coach John Bunyan said. "We had 300 yards in total offense and 17 first downs. We also had over 100 yards in penalties, though."

Defensively, the Pirates held Kewaskum to 89 net yards on the ground but surrendered some big pass plays, Bunyan said.

Port finishes nonconference action at 1-1 with two fairly close games and now begins North Shore Conference play at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, against Milwaukee Lutheran at home.

The Red Knights dropped a wild 36-34 game to New Berlin West last week in which quarterback Josiah Hedrington passed for 225 yards and Dwayne Young ran for 154 more.

"We are excited to have the chance to play Milwaukee Lutheran," Bunyan said. "We just have to clean up our mistakes."

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