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Rebound win hands Warriors the prize PDF Print E-mail
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.

Third quarter dashes Hawks’ upset bid against Blue Dukes PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 19:28

The Grafton football team was a third quarter away from staying with perennial playoff qualifier Whitefish Bay last Friday.
The Black Hawks, behind a huge game from John Kluck on both sides of the ball, were down, 21-7 at halftime, and the deficit could have been smaller.
Tied at 7-7, Grafton drove inside Bay’s 10-yard line. On fourth-and-three, quarterback Brady Ward rolled out and threw a little short to a wide open Kluck.
Owen Wiziarde s2090817097 4C“We all thought he got his arms under it,” coach Shaun Behrend said.
Officials saw an incomplete pass, and the Blue Dukes used the opportunity to score on a long drive.
“We were punch-for-punch with them early,” Behrend said.
After halftime, Bay turned it on with a 22-point third quarter en route to a 46-14 North Shore Conference victory.
Kluck still stood out. After breaking his wrist in the weight room and missing much of his junior season, he is back with a vengeance. On Friday, the wide receiver made six catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and made 15 tackles on defense.
“Quietly, I think he’s one of the best players in the conference,” Behrend said.
“He’s been everything we thought he would be. We have to figure out how to get him the ball more.”
Ward went 13-for-24 for 224 yards and two scores.
 “Brady played all right. He wasn’t great. He missed a couple of throws, but he had to play defense too,” Behrend said.
“He had to cover receiver of the year in conference last year.”
Ward broke up one pass and held Alex Anthony to his second-worst outing of the season, holding him to three catches for 79 yards.
Grafton got Caden Knauer back after suffering a high ankle sprain in a season-opening victory over West Bend West, but he only managed 27 yards on 13 carries against Bay, which led the Hawks.
“They’re physical up front. That defensive line was way better than it was last year,” Behrend said.
The other big weapon, sophomore running back Joey Giorgi, suffered a high ankle sprain last week.
Bay split its rushing duties. Drew Garcia had five carries for 107 yards and a score, Patrick Nau had 14 carries for 101 yards and quarterback Cade Garcia ran seven times for 80 yards and a score. Garcia went 16-for-23 passing for 221 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively for Grafton, Joe Birch made seven tackles and Mason Hunt-Olkowski and Matthew Starr made six each.
The Hawks, 1-3 in the conference hope to get back an injured cornerback and defensive lineman, and could get Giorgi back this week at 0-4 Nicolet.
“We may be going into this one full strength,” Behrend said.
“We’re excited. 1-3 isn’t where we wanted to be. It’s all in front of us. We just have to be better.”

Physical play gives Pirates big payoff PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 19:23

Hard-hitting game plan helps Port football team put 39-14 hurt on Bulldogs

If last Friday’s football game against Cedarburg was baseball instead, host Port Washington would have brought in its closer in the first inning.
The Pirates went through, over and around the Bulldogs, scored on their first three possessions to build a 20-0 lead and cruised to a 39-14 win.
Port forced three-and-outs on the Bulldogs’ first two possessions, recovered a pooch kick and then forced another three-and-out.
Deron Spicer burst through mammoth-sized holes on his way to two first-quarter touchdowns and four on the night. He had a game-high 184 yards rushing on 18 carries for a 10.2-yard average per rush.
“First quarter our game plan was just simple. Just hit them in the mouth, just run the ball down their throat and see what happens,” Spicer said.
“We were really successful. It worked out.”
After the opening kickoff, Port drove 61 yards in four plays capped by a Spicer 30-yard touchdown dash up the middle.
Jacob Lippe broke up a pass on third and nine, and the Pirates got the ball back at midfield. They recovered two of their own fumbles, and Lippe capped the drive with a seven-yard run on a reverse.
Port football tackle 1 9 8 17 4CPort’s defense kept up the heat. The Pirates tackled running back Will Schlingman for a six-yard loss, and quarterback Ryan Hoffman fell down for a five-yard loss on second and 16. A run on third and long lost three more yards.
The Pirates got the ball back at the Bulldogs’ 25, and on second and 10 Spicer flew up the middle untouched for another score.
Port had missed one extra point and had its second blocked, but this time quarterback Adam Baierl ran in for the two-point conversion. It was 20-0 with 1:05 left in the first quarter.
Port threatened to instantly make it worse when Sam Fritsch recovered a pooch kick, but the Bulldogs earned a turnover on downs.
The Pirates’ forced another three and out and went right back to work from the Bulldogs’ 39. An eight-play drive that had two penalties on each team ended with Lippe taking it in from two yards out. The extra point was good and the rout was on, 27-0, with 6:07 left in the first half.
“We planned it the whole week, man. Just pounding the ball down their throat,” Lippe said.

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