Ozaukee rallies to edge Cedar Grove-Belgium in seesaw battle between Big East title contenders
A high-scoring football showdown went to the Ozaukee Warriors last Friday.
Prevailing on a night in which teams alternated touchdowns, coach Jim Lippe’s squad outlasted Cedar Grove-Belgium, 40-35, in a Big East Conference slugfest.
Keigan Schmit’s 3-yard scoring run with 3 minutes, 19 seconds to play gave the host Warriors bragging rights and a one-game lead over their rivals in the race for the league title.
“I was really proud of the team,” Lippe said. “We didn’t play very well last week against Oostburg, but we challenged our players during the week, and they responded.
“We came out and stuck to a really good game plan. We knew that Cedar Grove had excellent receivers and quarterback.”
The teams used two different offensive strategies in combining for 867 total yards.
Smaller but quick Cedar Grove-Belgium (1-1) went to the air often, as quarterback Josh Weiss completed 23 of 36 passes for 335 yards and five touchdowns.
Ozaukee’s size and strength led to a balanced attack of 426 yards, including 218 rushing and 208 passing.
Despite the Rockets’ Weiss-fueled success, Ozaukee got keys plays from defensive backs such as Garrett Hoffmann, Jake Yanke and Jared Henderson.
“They slowed down their passing attack,” Lippe said.
That was especially true late in the game, when the Warriors broke up several Weiss passes that were on target to his receivers.
“We also knew we needed to control the line of scrimmage. We were bigger up front and dominated the line on both sides of the ball,” Lippe said.
Although the lead changed hands repeatedly, neither team held more than a seven-point advantage.
“It was just a great night for high school football,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Dan Schreurs said.