TUSCOLA – With Michigan coach Lloyd Carr in attendance to watch quarterback John Wienke, Tuscola running back Austen Schultz rushed for a career-high 295 yards as No. 2 Tuscola rolled past Argenta-Oreana 42-0 on Friday night.
Wienke threw for four scores, but Schultz was the star from the outset, scoring on a 79-yard touchdown run on the Warriors' first play. He added an 80-yard scamper to set up another score in the second quarter and had 224 yards by halftime.
"He is so much better than he was two or three years ago," Tuscola coach Stan Wienke said of his running back. "On tape he doesn't look that fast, and teams underestimate that."
Argenta might not have underestimated it, but either way, the Bombers couldn't stop him. Schultz carried the ball 16 times, but he broke seven of the 16 for double digits and had only three carries for fewer than 5 yards.
"Usually, when you break one really long like that, they kind of figure out what went wrong and fix it," Schultz said. "(Argenta) switched things after that, but they so switched so much that eventually they messed up again."
Wienke completed 17 of 26 passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns in three quarters. It was his first live action in front of Carr, his future college coach who was in the area in advance of today's game against Illinois.
The Michigan coach arrived at the game midway through the first quarter and stayed through halftime.
With the win, the Warriors enter the playoffs on a nine-quarter scoreless streak and have outscored their opponents 97-0 since their Week 7 loss to Maroa-Forsyth.