Late score loses league game for Ozaukee

Warriors’ football team is one victory from postseason eligibility
By 
DEB HAMM
Ozaukee Press correspondent

If there is good news for the Ozaukee High School football team following last Friday’s loss at Howards Grove, it is that the Warriors’ final two opponents are beneath them in the Big East Conference standings.

Ozaukee needs to win at least one of the final two games to become playoff eligible. Winning both guarantees a berth.

A late score foiled  the Warriors’ latest chance at victory on Friday. Up by one point, the Tigers put together a scoring drive that culminated in a 4-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak by Luke

Schroeder with just 39 seconds remaining.

The extra point made it, 13-7, which would be the final tally.

The Warriors dropped to 3-3 in conference. The Tigers went to 5-2.

“We battled hard for four quarters,” Ozaukee coach Jim Lippe said.

“We are still struggling, and making too many mistakes on offense.  But we are getting better, getting closer.”

After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers found the end zone on a 1-yard run by Schroeder with 5 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the first half. The kick failed, but the Tigers had a lead they would hold on to until the final quarter.

A determined Ozaukee’s offense responded in the fourth quarter to take a one-point lead.

The Warriors’ Brent Hoffmann punched it in from two yards out to tie the game. A Carson Rennicke kick gave Ozaukee a one-point edge with 6:41 left.

Aside from the two Tigers’ scores, the Warriors’ defense was sharp again.

“Our defense is playing phenomenal. I’m very proud of them. As a group, they are playing very well, week in and week out,” Lippe said.

“Logan Bell and Brandon Harbison had a really good game, along with Jack Penny Galindo, Ben Berweger and Brent Hoffmann. Brent is playing truly as good as anyone I’ve seen on defense.”

Bell had 11 solo tackles and nine assists. Brandon Harbison added eight solo tackles and three assists. Joey Burich made an interception.

For the Tigers, Schroeder went 9-for-17 passing for 95 yards and an interception.

Ozaukee’s Mitch Weyker and Hoffmann combined to go 4-for-10 for 15 yards and three interceptions.

The Warriors got 130 total rushing yards. Jack Genzmer led the effort with 62 yards on 22 carries. Hoffmann added 42 yards on 13 carries.

Howards Grove rushed for 97 yards. Kaeden Roethel finished with 84 yards on 22 carries.

This Friday, the Warriors will host Mishicot at 7 p.m. for Ozaukee’s Homecoming.

On Oct. 12, Ozaukee will finish their regular season at Manitowoc Lutheran.

After last week, Mishicot was 1-5 in conference play and Manitowoc Lutheran stood at 2-4.

“It’s a game that, if we win, would make us playoff eligible, but it doesn’t guarantee we get in,” Lippe said.

“If we win next our two games, we would definitely be in. If we win this week, there’s probably a 98% chance we get into playoffs. So we’ll get a good week of practice in to be ready to go on Friday and get us a homecoming win.”

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