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Written by DEB HAMM   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 19:30

Rams blanked by resurgent Ozaukee football team in renewed battle for Cream Bucket traveling trophy

Other than travel times, one of the biggest complaints about the WIAA’s realignment of high school sports conferences two years ago was that many long-time rivalries were interrupted.
As a result of the realignment, the Ozaukee Warriors and Random Lake Rams had not played each other in football for two years because of the size of the conference, leaving the coveted Cream Bucket traveling trophy uncontested with the Warriors.
After Friday’s game against their rivals to the north, the Warriors ensured another year of keeping the prize with a 14-0 victory, their seventh straight over the Rams.
Ozaukee evened its Big East Conference record at 2-2.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Ozaukee coach Jim Lippe said. “Random Lake is a good team.
“We played dramatically better than the last couple of weeks, but we still have some things to work on like penalties and missed assignments.
SETH STAGEMAN s3090817208 4C“We have to clean up all aspects of our passing game: protection, routes and throwing. It’s not just any one thing.”
The Warriors had to overcome 75 yards in penalties and a lost fumble to earn the win.
“On a positive note, our kids stepped up and played really hard, and I’m proud of that,” Lippe said.
“Individually, Logan Bell played really well at inside linebacker,” Lippe said.
Bell led the Warriors with 18 tackles. Sam Walter made 13, Jack Penney-Galindo 12 and Luke Schmitt 11.
On offense, Ozaukee excelled on the ground.
“Ridge Wood, Blake West and Seth Stagemann ran the ball well,” Lippe said.

“The whole line played dramatically better, which was good to see.”
Providing blocking for the rushing game were Stageman, Walter, Ben Berweger, Cody Thomas, Nic Hamm and Schmitt.
They opened holes for Wood, who led all rushers with 117 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries as the Warriors racked up 239 yards on the ground.
West had 52 yards on nine carries. Stageman had seven carries for 18 yards. Quarterback Brent Hoffmann carried the ball seven times for 52 yards.
Up 14-0 with three minutes left in the game, Carson Rennicke ensured the victory and shutout.
After recovering a bad snap, Random Lake got the ball in Ozaukee’s territory.
The Rams got into the red zone, but Rennicke intercepted a pass at the Ozaukee 6-yard line and returned beyond the 20-yard line to end the threat. The Warriors ran out the clock.
It was Rennicke’s second interception in the game. Mitch Weyker also had a pick for the Warriors’ defense as they caught more balls than the Rams’ offense did. Ozaukee held Random Lake’s Joe Duschene to 1-for-7 passing for five yards.
Ozaukee’s first score came with 4:48 left in the first quarter on a 4-yard run by West. Rennicke added the kick.
The game remained tight throughout the rest of the first half, and the score remained 7-0 at halftime.
The Warriors pulled ahead by two scores with just over 10 minutes left in the third period when Wood broke free for a 20-yard scoring scamper. Rennicke’s kick completed the scoring.
The Rams’ rushing attack was led by Case Noll with 74 yards on 13 carries. Teammate Travis Jacob added 43 yards on 15 carries.
Hoffmann completed 3-of-9 passes for 16 yards.
Ozaukee had 18 first downs to just six for the Rams.
The Warriors will travel to Mauston this Friday for a 7 p.m. nonconference matchup.
Ozaukee was initially scheduled to play at North Fond du Lac, but it did not have enough players to field a varsity team this season.
“Mauston is a Division 4 team. In a lot of ways, I think we match up pretty well with them,” Lippe said, admitting he doesn’t know a lot about the team from a school 2-1/2 hours away.
The Warriors could have chosen to take a bye, but competition-minded Ozaukee wanted to play.
“Taking a bye was not an option,” Lippe said.
“You lose so much momentum when you don’t play for a week.”
Mauston, a school of 503 students to Ozaukee’s 230, is 1-3 after a 29-28 loss at New Glarus/Monticello last Friday.

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