When the Ozaukee High School football team hosted St. Maryâ€™s Springs last Friday night, coach Jim Lippe knew his Warriors were going up against a tough foe.
Springs, a perennial powerhouse, finished second in the WIAA Division 6 playoffs last season and is ranked No. 1 in the division this year.AN INTERCEPTION by Matt Henke provided one of the few highlights for the Ozaukee football team in its 47-6 loss to St. Maryâ€™s Springs last Friday. Photo by Sam Arendt
â€śBob Hyland (Springs head coach) has a record of something like 360-101,â€ť Lippe said. â€śThe guyâ€™s a legend, a premier coach.â€ť
But the advanced warning didnâ€™t help Ozaukee, which found itself overpowered in a 47-6 nonconference loss.
The Ledgers broke the game open by scoring five second-quarter touchdowns on the way to a 40-0 halftime lead.
â€śSt. Maryâ€™s Springs is a heck of a football team,â€ť Lippe said. â€śThey are ranked No. 1 for a reason.
â€śWe played with them in the first quarter, and then we had some breakdowns in the second and third. Then we played with them in the fourth quarter again.â€ť
Springs took control with a dominant rushing attack that piled up 357 yards on 31 carries. The tandem of Darin Ward and Tyler Grebe did most of the damage.
Ward rushed for 170 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries. Grebe had 109 yards and three touchdowns on nine attempts.
Springs got on the board early with a 25-yard touchdown run by Mitch Herron less than two minutes into the game.
Although Ozaukee trailed by only 6-0 after one quarter, disaster struck in the second period.
Controlling the line of scrimmage, Springs found the end zone with regularity the rest of the half. Grebe had two touchdowns during the flurry, and Evan Henderson, Ward and Trevor Ebertz each added one.
Ebertzâ€™s touchdown came on a 45-yard interception return.
Ozaukee finally scored in the third quarter on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Devon Linzenmeyer to Steve Street.
But Springs matched that score with a touchdown run by Grebe late in the third period.
The Ledgers finished with 421 yards in total offense to Ozaukeeâ€™s 124.
Most of the Warriorsâ€™ offense came from Linzenmeyer, who rushed for 91 yards on 29 carries.
In addition to winning the battle in the trenches, Springs defense had three interceptions, all on Linzenmeyer passes.
Street and Matt Henke each had an interception for Ozaukee.
â€śThey kept their starters in the whole game, which kind of surprised me,â€ť Lippe said of the Ledgers.
â€śBut we learned a lot. This is a game we will look back on, and we will become a much better football team because of it.â€ť
Ozaukee will take a 1-1 nonconference record into its Central Lakeshore Conference opener this Friday â€” a 7 p.m. road game against Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler.