It’s the Genzmer-Hoffmann show

Running backs and stout defense dominate to earn Ozaukee’s first victory of season

BRENT HOFFMANN RAN for 187 yards and two touchdowns against Mishicot last Friday at home, helping Ozaukee to a 27-6 win. On defense, Hoffmann picked off two passes. The Warriors hold their annual tailgate party before hosting Oostburg on Friday. Photo by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Ozaukee High School’s ground game and defense led the Warriors to their first victory of the season last Friday.

The Warriors dominated winless Mishicot at home, 27-6, behind more than 300 yards rushing and three interceptions, bouncing back from a rough loss at Hilbert one week earlier.

Offensively, it was the Brent Hoffmann and Jack Genzmer show all night. Hoffmann had 25 carries for 187 yards and two touchdowns and Genzmer ran 19 times for 154 yards and two scores.

“Brent and Jack both ran really well,” coach Jim Lippe said.

They had help up front.

“The offensive line blocked really well. Dakota Hart led the way there,” Lippe said, also praising Beau Szczerbinski.

Austin Wadkins stepped in to play wide receiver, and Lippe said he “really did a nice job blocking.”

Hoffmann got the party started with a 52-yard run in the first quarter. Genzmer followed with an 18-yard score in the second.

After the Indians finally answered, Hoffmann scored again, this time from three yards out right before halftime, pushing the margin back to two scores at 20-6.

“That was good,” Lippe said.

Genzmer added a five-yard score in the fourth quarter.

Warrior quarterback Ty Szczerbinski went 2-for-5 passing. Lippe said he would like to throw the ball about 15 times per game.

“We’re not exactly airing it out but we’re working on it,” he said. “It would make life easier if we could throw more.”

This team’s offense is nearly a polar opposite of the Warriors of 2016, when Lippe’s son Joe threw darts all over the field.

“There was a time in my life when throwing 15 times was hardly any,” coach Lippe said.

Defensively, the Warriors held the Indians to 150 yards.

“Coach (Russ) Cross had us lined up correctly,” Lippe said.

The defense made one mistake that allowed the Indians to get into the red zone, but that was it all night.

Hoffmann picked off two passes, one of which led to a touchdow. Johnny Melendez intercepted one.

All-conference linebacker Logan Bell stuffed the Indians’ running game. He had 10 tackles, including five solos.

“He really stepped up. After that Hilbert game I challenged the seniors to play much better,” Lippe said. “Logan had a really spectacular game.”

Hoffmann and David Cresci each had four tackles. Zach Bell had three.

The Warriors also forced four fumbles but the Indians were able to recover them.

The Warriors were happy to notch one in the win column.

“Our attitude has been good all year. We’re young in a lot of spots. But the attitude is good,” Lippe said. “They enjoyed it. They worked really hard last week.”

The Warriors, he said, still have room for improvement.

“We just haven’t been clicking on all cylinders and we’re still not there yet but we’re working on it,” he said.

Ozaukee (1-2) hosts Oostburg (2-1) on Friday. The Flying Dutchmen just lost, 35-6, to Hilbert.

A tailgate party will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. featuring meals for $5 each, which include a brat or burger, chips, fruit, cookie and drink. The party will also offer games, prizes, temporary tattoos, giveaways, a photo booth and a T-shirt toss by the new Ozaukee dance team. The 2010 Warriors team and youth football teams will be honored at halftime.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

 

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