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Arrowood stands out in elite class of quarterbacks
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

This year’s offensive postseason accolades reached a new level for the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School football team.

This is the fifth time in the last six seasons that the Rockets’ quarterback at least shared the honor for Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and this is the first time the same player won it twice.

The four field generals’ skill sets differed, but nearly all had one thing in common: an equally skilled wide receiver who put up stats that would make offensive coordinators drool.

The run started in 2016 with Josh Weiss, who led the Rockets to the state championship game where they lost to Amherst, 38-35, on a questionable call on a late fumble.

In 14 games, Weiss threw for 4,231 yards and 59 touchdown passes, both single-season state records. He completed 253 of 356 passes for a 71.1% clip, which is exceptional by high school, college and NFL standards, and threw 12 interceptions.

In eight games in the Big East, Weiss went 103-for-143 (72%) for 2,217 yards with 34 touchdowns and one interception.

His favorite target was his cousin, Reid Hilbelink, who caught 97 passes for 1,985 yards and 24 touchdowns, setting the state single-season record for yards.

In the Big East, Hilbelink caught 36 passes for 1,040 yards and 15 touchdowns.

A big question in 2017 was how they would replace skill of that magnitude.

Fullback and backup quarterback Jason von Heimburg stepped up to the plate, and his coaches altered the offense to his run-pass style.

Von Heimburg went 103-for-172 passing (59.9%) for 1,819 yards with 27 touchdowns and five interceptions. He ran 102 times for 412 yards and seven scores.

In eight games in the Big East, von Heimburg went 64-for-101 (63.3%) for 1,127 yards with 20 touchdowns and two interceptions. He ran 48 times for 257 yards and four scores.

His top target was Michael Navis, who caught 44 balls for 1,081 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The Rockets that year nearly made a second straight trip to Camp Randall in Madison, losing, 16-14, to Lake Country Lutheran in the Division 5 semifinal.

In 2018, Navis moved to quarterback and used his speed to foil defenses. He ran for 1,000 yards and 10 scores on 125 carries, and went 38-for-84 passing for 647 yards with nine scores and six interceptions.

In eight games in the Big East, he ran for 793 yards and 10 scores on 87 carries, and he went 25-for-52 passing for 440 yards with six scores and four interceptions.

Max Ford was his top target, catching 15 balls for 318 yards and four scores.

In 2019, sophomore Logan Arrowood was so impressive at quarterback that Navis moved back to receiver.

Arrowood went 70-for-121 passing (57.8%) for 1,445 yards with 22 touchdowns and four interceptions, despite missing one game due to an injured thumb. In the Big East, he was 65-for-106 with 21 scores and three picks.

Navis caught 32 balls for 753 yards 13 scores, and he ran for 401 yards and five touchdowns. He ran for 241 yards and two scores in the game he filled in for Arrowood.

That was the only year in the past six that a Rocket quarterback didn’t win Offensive Player of the Year. Hilbert running back Evan Lau got the honor.

Arrowood won the award the last two seasons.

In a pandemic-shortened 2020 in which he missed one game due to contact tracing, Arrowood went 58-for-85 (68.2%) with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions in five games.

Sam Peiffer was his star target, catching 33 passes for 623 yards and 15 scores in five games. He filled in at quarterback when Arrowood was out, going 14-for-19 passing for 19 yards and an interception. He ran 14 times for 62 yards and a score.

This season, Arrowood and Peiffer put up Weiss and Hilbelink numbers.

In 11 games, Arrowood went 177-for-265 passing (66.8%) for 2,641 yards with 27 scores and 10 interceptions. He ran for 444 yards on 111 carries and seven scores.

Peiffer, who missed one game due to a questionable targeting penalty, caught 96 passes ­— one less than Hilbelink in 2016 and in four fewer games — for 1,404 yards and 15 touchdowns in 10 contests.

In the Big East, Arrowood went 102-for-145 passing (70.3%) for 1,575 yards with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he ran 57 times for 309 yards and four scores.

Peiffer caught 56 passes for 853 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Arrowood shared the Offensive Player of the Year honor with Hilbert running back Reed Breckheimer.

“We’ve been blessed to have those caliber athletes in those positions lately. That kind of drives our offense and how we do things. Put the best athletes in positions to win,” coach Dan Schreurs said.

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