CG-Belgium wins league football title outright

Rockets get a rematch in first round of the playoffs
Ozaukee Press staff

Cedar Grove-Belgium High School’s football team got off to its characteristic slow start at rival Ozaukee last Friday before turning it on to win the Big East Conference title all by itself, 28-7.

“We talked about it earlier in the year. Our main focus is now (the playoffs), and if we pick the conference championship up along the way it’s just another feather in the hat,” coach Dan Schreurs said.

The Rockets were up, 14-7, at halftime to a team that on paper was not in their class.

“We came out and played a really good first half, probably the best energy we’ve had all season,” Ozaukee coach Cole Large said.

The Warriors took a 7-0 lead on a 30-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Joe Grabowski to star wideout Sawyer Kowalkowski.

Starter Noah Harness injured his chest a week earlier and only participated in one trick play.

After sputtering with a good play followed by a bad one, the Rockets struck in the second quarter with an 85-yard touchdown pass from Colton Sellin to Caleb Beightol.

Star all-purpose back Gabe Egan drew double coverage, and Beightol beat an outside linebacker and slipped into the open on a deep post.

Sellin hit Mason Navis on a 14-yard score with 45 seconds left in the second quarter.

The Rockets got the ball deep in the Warriors’ territory when they rushed Skyler Mills on fourth down. Mills maneuvered to avoid having his punt blocked and tried to hit his brother Chase, who was wide open, but the pass sailed just a bit, Large said.

In the second half, Sellin had a 59-yard touchdown run and a 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Caleb Vande Boom.

“We started riding him more on his runs,” Schreurs said of Sellin in the second half. “He spread the ball around really nice throwing it.”

Sellin ran 14 times for 115 yards and a score and went 9-for-16 passing for 192 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Deven Soerens ran 14 times for 75 yards.

Beightol caught two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. Egan caught two balls for 43 yards.

For Ozaukee, Grabowski went 5-for-15 passing for 92 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, and he ran six times for 15 yards.

“He brought a little bit of a running element to our game, but he’s not as used to sitting in the pocket and completing throws,” Large said.

Bret Hamm ran 18 times for 62 yards. Kowalkowski caught three passes for 69 yards and a score.

The Rockets’ defense was led by Gaven Davies, who picked off three passes — two by Grabowski and one by Hamm.

“Normally, Gaven is an ‘I want to hit you’ safety,” Schreurs said, but without Harness the coach told his defensive back to go claim the rainbow passes.

Soerens and Nolan Aponte each had 10 tackles.

For Ozaukee, Blake Cocanower had 10 tackles and Michael Higginbotham and Hamm each had seven.

“Blake had an outstanding game, some of the best we’ve seen out of him,” Large said of his star senior.

Skyler Mills also had his best game on defense, with multiple tackles for losses.

“He was a beast,” Large said.

Large praised Kowalkowski for his coverage on Egan all night. He dislodged one ball and picked off another.

Defensive back Grady Klas also played the pass well, and lineman Kevin Diaz made a highlight-reel tackle on fourth and one in the fourth quarter for an eight-yard loss.

“Kevin shot the gap like he was shot out of a cannon,” Large said.

The Warriors finished 2-7 overall, 1-6 in the Big East.

“It’s not what we were hoping to do. We made some mistakes along the way. We will be better going forward,” Large said.

The Rockets, 7-2 overall and 7-0 in the conference, got a 4 seed in the Division 6 playoffs and host No. 5 Howards Grove on Friday. The Rockets beat the Tigers in the first Big East game of the season in Cedar Grove, 42-35.

“When they saw that we got Howards there was a lot of cheering. They’re going to be ready to go,” Schreurs said of his team.

“It’s good that we beat them. It’s bad that they’re a dangerous football team.”



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