Warriors deliver in defensive battle

Bizarre field goal play sets up the winning score in double overtime

BRENT HOFFMANN SCORED the game-winning touchdown in double overtime for Ozaukee in a 9-3 victory at Random Lake on Friday night. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
DEB HAMM
Ozaukee Press correspondent

 The contest for the Cream Bucket overflowed last Friday in Fredonia between rivals Ozaukee and Random Lake.

Already memorable for going into double overtime, this football game would go down in history for another reason: the bizarre ending of a 9-3 Warriors’ victory.

Tied at 3-3 in the second overtime, after stopping the Rams twice and being stopped once themselves, the Warriors set up for a field goal attempt to win the game.

A Ram blocked the kick and another Ram touched the ball. A Warrior picked it up and ran it into the end zone.

Warriors’ fans went crazy, thinking Ozaukee had won the game, but that was not the case.

Officials ruled that the Warriors regained possession since the blocked kick was touched by a Random Lake player, but Ozaukee could not advance the ball.

One play later, the Warriors ran the ball into the end zone again. This time, it counted.

Quarterback Brent Hoffmann took a shotgun snap and ran up the middle for the score.

Pandemonium ensued again as the Warriors’ sideline and fans erupted with cheer.

The Cream Bucket, the traveling trophy between the two teams, stayed in Ozaukee.

Overtime rules call for each team to start with the ball at the opponent’s 25 yard-line. Neither team scored in the first overtime, and Ozaukee held Random Lake scoreless in the second before the game-winning touchdown.

“I was really proud of how our kids battled the entire game. We overcame a lot of adversity that was self-inflicted. We did not play well at first,” Ozaukee coach Jim Lippe said.

The Warriors’ offense turned the ball over three times, fumbling the first two kickoff returns of the game and throwing an interception on its next possession.

The defense stepped up to help avert disaster, only allowing three points in that stretch, a 27-yard field goal by Aiden Vandenbush.

Lippe praised Logan Bell, who made nine solo tackles and assisted on seven, including five for a loss.

“Ben Berweger, Jack Penny-Galindo, Brent Hoffmann, Brandon Harbison — pretty much everyone on defense — had a great night. We only gave up three points and that was on a short field because we fumbled the ball. I’m very proud of how we played defensively,” Lippe said.

“Our defensive coaching staff, led by Russ Cross, did an unbelievably great job.”

The Warriors tied the game in the second quarter with a 23-yard field goal by Carson Rennicke.

The Warriors held the Rams to 104 total yards. The Rams allowed 127.

Blake West led Ozaukee’s rushers with 44 yards on 12 carries.

“Offensively, we’re going to keep working and get it right. The attitudes have been great, and we are looking forward to the second half of the season,” Lippe said.

Besides Bell’s 16 tackles, Harbison had 12, Berweger had 11 and Braxton Gahan had 10.

The Warriors evened their record to 2-2 in the Big East Conference.

At 7 p.m. Friday, the Warriors play non-conference foe Turtle Lake at D.C. Everest in Schofield.

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