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Winning hand on a high-stakes night PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mitch Maersch   
Thursday, 10 November 2016 16:18

Rockets cash in with five touchdown passes from Weiss, late defensive stops for another heart-stopping playoff victory

After a heart-stopping game that wasn’t decided until the final play in a win two weeks ago, the Cedar Grove-Belgium football team hoped for a less-stressful victory last Friday.sports1

But after the Rockets built a 21-0 lead over host Columbus in the first half of a WIAA Division 5 third-round game, they soon found themselves in another nail-biter.

Top-seeded Columbus rallied to tie the game twice before No. 2 Cedar Grove-Belgium eventually prevailed, 35-28.

“I don’t know how to feel,” a drained Rockets quarterback Josh Weiss said after getting about as many hugs from fans as he has touchdown passes (50) this season.

“I’m just so flabbergasted by what God can do. May God have all the glory. He’s so good.”

To seal their latest victory, the Rockets needed two first downs to run out the clock in the final minutes. After Bryce Morgan got one first down with a 5-yard run on third-and-two, the Rockets faced third-and-one at the Cardinals’ 20.

Weiss made the key play, but not with his arm. The ball was never even snapped. He drew the Cardinals offside on a hard count. One kneel down and it was over.

“I tried hard count three times and got ’em twice,” Weiss said.

Springs washes out Warriors’ playoff run PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Hamm   
Thursday, 10 November 2016 16:14

Defending state champion’s big 2nd quarter ends mystery in football rematch with Ozaukee

The best football season in Ozaukee High School history came to a halt last Friday in Fond du Lac.

Not only did a 37-14 loss to St. Mary’s Springs at Fruth Field snapped the Warriors’ eight-game winning streak, it ended their WIAA Division 6 playoff run in the third round.

“I was really proud of our season and the way the kids played all year,” Ozaukee coach Jim Lippe said.

“But we did not play well Friday. We had a good game plan going in and needed to execute well, and we did not.”

Springs, the two-time defending Division 6 state champion, grabbed the lead for good less than four minutes into the game in a rematch of teams that met in a closer nonconference contest early this season.

Rush-happy Clinton next for CG-Belgium PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mitch Maersch   
Thursday, 10 November 2016 16:09

Top-seeded Cougars will put prolific running game on line against Rockets’ aerial assault in Div. 5 semifinal Friday night

It will be a contrast in styles when the Cedar Grove-Belgium football team takes on Clinton this Friday at Slinger High School for a chance to go to the WIAA Division 5 state title game.

In a battle of 11-1 squads, No. 2-seeded Cedar Grove-Belgium will bring one of the state’s best passing attacks into the 7 p.m. semifinal contest, while top-seeded Clinton has one of the top rushing offenses.

The Rockets feature quarterback Josh Weiss, who has tied a state’s single-season record with 50 touchdown passes. His favorite target is his first cousin, Reid Hilbelink, who now shares the single-season state mark with 22 scoring grabs.

Weiss has thrown for 3,483 yards, second in the state, with nine interceptions.

Hilbelink leads the state with 1,666 receiving yards on 70 catches.

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