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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 20:21

Passing attack a plus for Grafton football team in road loss to Homestead

The Grafton football team wasn’t able to shake the underdog role last Friday when it opened North Shore Conference play with a 49-14 loss to perennial power Homestead.

But the Black Hawks did show some fight in the second half of their road test, especially on offense.

“We didn’t quit. We went out and threw the ball better,” Grafton coach Shaun Behrend said.

“We’re using a lot of young players, and they’re improving every week.”

Homestead wasted no time taking charge in defense of the NSC championship it shared last year with Whitefish Bay. The Highlanders cashed in early on Grafton mistakes, including a running-into-the-punter penalty, and built a commanding lead in the first quarter.

Warriors prevail in early showdown PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Hamm   
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 21:07

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.sports1

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.

Rockets reload for another title run PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 21:04

CG-Belgium boys, girls ready to continue tradition of cross-country excellence

After a 10th-place finish in the WIAA Division 2 state meet last season, the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ cross-country team has reloaded with plenty of talent.

The Rockets will again be led by senior Ian Ison, who placed 21st at state last year, and junior Stephen Lavey, who was 22nd.

“Ian and Stephen as a running duo will be very strong at every meet. We are hoping that high finishes are in the cards for both of them at the state meet,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Les Paul said.

Among last year’s other runners, the Rockets lost Peter Merritt to graduation, and Eric Isken transferred to another school.

Paul has others to step up. Those returning include sophomore Bryce Ketterhagen, junior Russell McConnohie and sophomore Quinn Hoopman, all who ran at state.

Senior Abel Brockman is also being counted on for leadership after being slowed by an injury last year.

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