Ozaukee makes homecoming happy

Second victory of football season has Warriors in line to qualify for postseason if they run the table

OZAUKEE’S JACK GENZMER had 215 yards rushing in the Warriors’ 35-13 homecoming game victory over Manitowoc Lutheran last Friday.
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

A first-half deficit and storm delay could have rattled a lesser high school football team.

Not Ozaukee High School’s Warriors. Not last Friday in their homecoming game.

The Warriors went on a 35-0 run, including 22 points in the third quarter, before Manitowoc Lutheran scored late to make the final 35-13.

Senior Brent Hoffmann scored two touchdowns, one on an eight-yard run and the Warrior’s last score on a 32-yard pass he ripped away from a Lancer in the end zone.

Sophomore running back Jack Genzmer ran for touchdowns of 48 and 22 yards. He had 215 yards on 28 carries for the night.

Quarterback Ty Szczerbinski went 3-for-10 passing for 65 yards and two scores.

The Warriors’ defense started out hot, with Hoffmann picking off a pass on the Lancers’ opening drive and Jacob Eibs making an interception on their second.

The Lancers took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter, then a storm stopped play with about eight minutes to go in the first half. A 50-minute break ensued.

Coming off of the delay, Genzmer got the Warriors on the board with a 48-yard run. Johnny Melendez made a key block on the play.

Hoffmann missed a 25-yard field goal just before halftime, but the Warriors remained hot after the break.

Hoffmann had an eight-yard scoring run to start the third quarter, capping a nine-play, 54-yard drive. Genzmer ran in the two-point conversion to make it 15-7.

After forcing a three-and-out, the Warriors got good field position and took one play to score as Genzmer ran it in from 22 yards out. Szczerbinski hit Logan Bell for the conversion to make it 23-7.

After a fumble, the Warriors took over on the Lancers’ 27-yard line. Szczerbinski hit Austin Wadkins for 23 yards.

After another three-and-out, Szczerbinski and Hoffmann completed a 15-play, 61-yard drive with a 32-yard pitch and catch.

Genzmer had a key play on the drive, with a 27-yard run on a fake punt.

Phillip McLarty picked off a pass on the next drive. The Lancers added a late touchdown, but the result was already determined.

Coach Jim Lippe credited Dakota Hart and Braxton Gahan for their work on the offensive and defensive lines.

The Warriors held the Lancers to 177 yards of offense.

Quarterback Ethan Menges went 8-for-21 passing for 85 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

Josh Uhlhorn ran 18 times for 71 yards

Ozaukee is 2-4 in the Big East Conference and has to win its final three games to qualify for the playoffs.

They travel to Random Lake on Friday with the coveted Cream Bucket, the traveling trophy between the rivals, on the line. The Warriors have had it the last nine years.

Random Lake is 4-2 in the Big East.

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