Howards Grove drops Ozaukee

Hamm runs hard; Grabowski fills in for Harness
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

A trip to the home of the Big East Conference’s top passer ended in a 49-8 blowout for the Ozaukee High School football team last Friday.

Howards Grove, behind quarterback Trent Grunewald, handed the Warriors their fifth straight loss.

“They were solid with a lot of good athletes,” Ozaukee coach Cole Large said.

Grunewald went 11-for-14 passing for 220 yards and four touchdowns.

Tyler Rittenhouse ran 18 times for 122 yards and two scores.

The Tigers built a 28-0 halftime lead and knocked out Warrior quarterback Noah Harness with a chest injury.

Given the score and Harness’ questionable condition, Large kept his sophomore out the second half.

The Warriors got off to a good start in the third quarter. Bret Hamm recovered an onsides kick by Sawyer Kowalkowski, and Hamm and Grady Klas carried Ozaukee downfield on running plays. Hamm finished the drive with a three-yard score and ran in the two-point conversion.

Kowalkowski then recovered his own onsides kick. Backup quarterback Joe Grabowski later hit Kowalkowski for a touchdown, but the play was called back for offensive pass interference.

Kowalkowsk later blocked a punt, but the Warriors couldn’t capitalize on it.

Hamm ran 28 times for 123 yards and a score. Grabowski went 2-for-9 passing for 66 yards and two interceptions.

“I thought Joe did a good job coming in. He stepped up and led,” Large said.

He also praised Austin Lemke for blocking and registering one sack. He was called for holding on two long runs that “I thought were outstanding blocks,” Large said.

Howards Grove went to 4-2 in the Big East Conference and qualified for the playoffs.

The Warriors, 1-5 in the Big East and 2-7 overall, host league leader Cedar Grove-Belgium on Friday.

“They’re a great program. They do things the right way. They’re something to model after,” Large said.

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