Jacob Ashmus and Caden Tolefree helped advance Kenosha St. Joe’s to second round action with a 49-0 win over Fall River/Rio on Friday night at Ameche Field. Ashmus threw for three touchdowns, while Tolefree ran two touchdowns in the victory.

“Jacob and Caden have been through a lot of game reps over the past three plus seasons, so their experience shined through,” St. Joes head coach Matt Rizzo said.

With 10:32 remaining in the first quarter, Tolefree began the scoring for the Lancers with a one-yard touchdown run before Ashmus connected with two straight touchdown passes with Andrew Alia to push the lead to 21-0 in the second quarter. Midway through the quarter, Luke Schuler made his impact on the game with a 31-yard touchdown reception and a fumble return for a touchdown as St. Joes went into the half with a 35-0 lead.

“Luke Schuler is a dynamic force.  He is a threat on both sides of the ball, indicated by his play in the game and all year long,” Rizzo said. “He has the ability to play at the next level and is a scholarship type player.” 

After a scoreless third quarter, Kenosha St. Joe’s added a 13-yard rushing touchdown from Thomas Santarelli and a one-yard rushing touchdown from Tolefree to get the win.

Ashmus led the passing attack with 139 yards on 11-for-16 passing, while Andrew Alia led the team in receiving with 78 yards receiving on eight catches. 

The Lancers improve to 11-0 on the season, and will play a second round home game against Waterloo next week.

“Our defense will need another solid game, and as I said, we will need to support them earlier in this contest by starting faster and getting ahead of Waterloo as fast as we can, because we know they can answer very fast, as well,” Rizzo said.