Not quite enough for Ozaukee

Hoffmann’s blocked punt gives Warriors boost but they fall at Reedsville
By 
DEB HAMM
Ozaukee Press correspondent

When the Ozaukee High School football team traveled to Reedsville Friday, it knew it would be up for a battle.

Reedsville was considered by many to be one of the preseason favorites to contend for the Big East Conference title.

The Warriors fought to a tie at halftime before losing, 20-7.

“I was very, very proud and happy about how well we played,” Ozaukee coach Jim Lippe said.

“We were playing against a really good football team with a lot of seniors. We are young, but we played really hard. Other than a few breakdowns, we had a chance.”

After a scoreless first quarter, each team scored a touchdown in the second.

Reedsville opened the scoring with a 63-yard touchdown run by Carson Shanilec.

The Warriors’ offense was unable to find the end zone during the entire contest, but Ozaukee’s special teams came up big.

Before the end of the half, Brent Hoffmann blocked a punt which landed in the end zone. An alert Brandon Harbison fell on it for Ozaukee’s only touchdown of the game. Carson Rennicke added the point after.

The first half ended in a 7-7 tie.

The Panthers scored twice in the third quarter to pull away.

A 25-yard scoring pass from Carson Shanilec to Noah Roffers gave Reedsville the only points it would need to claim the victory.

Conner Schwahn scored an insurance touchdown on a 31-yard interception return.

The Warriors had just 138 yards in total offense, with 88 coming on the ground.

Blake West led Ozaukee with 31 yards on nine carries.

“We struggled to get anything going consistently on offense, and we are going to have to work on that,” Lippe said.

“We are young at some spots, but all our problems are fixable. There’s no drama, our attitudes are good, and the kids are working really hard and heading in right direction.”

Reedsville had 169 yards on the ground.

Schanilec led with 17 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown.

“Defensively, we played a really good game. Any time you can hold a team to 14 points offensively, you are doing well,” Lippe said.

“Defensively, Brent Hoffmann, Brandon Harbison, Logan Bell, Ben Berweger and Blake West played phenomenally well, but everyone played well on defense.”

Ozaukee’s defense was led by Bell, who was in on 12 tackles. Hoffmann had 10 tackles and a blocked punt. Anthony Pawling and Harbison each had nine tackles.

The Warriors fell to 1-1 in the Big East Conference.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Ozaukee will host Hilbert.

“Hilbert, like Reedsville, is a better team than we are, but if we put it all together, we’ve got a shot to win,” Lippe said.

“After this week, we should have it a little easier. We’ve got the top two teams in the conference in the second and third week of the schedule.”

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