Ozaukee falls on road

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Ozaukee High School’s football team had a few players who were what coach Cole Large called “healthy scratches” at Manitowoc Lutheran last Friday, and the host team took advantage in its homecoming game.

The Lancers used a 20-point second quarter to pull away for a 47-22 win.

Sophomore quarterback Noah Harness continued to develop his connection with receiver Sawyer Kowalkowski. Harness went 12-for-25 for 226 yards with two scores and one interception. Kowalkowski caught 10 balls for 223 yards and two scores.

“It’s pretty much to the point if you put the ball near him he’s going up and getting it,” Large said.

Grady Klas filled in for Bret Hamm at running back and rushed 17 times for 94 yards. He fumbled in the second quarter but learned from it and later secured the ball better, Large said.

“If that game didn’t get away from us so early in the second quarter, we probably would have run more with him,” he said.

The Lancers held a 34-14 halftime lead, so Ozaukee threw more to try to get back in it. A few missed opportunities in the red zone hurt, Large said.

On defense, Blake Cocanower had 19 tackles and Skyler Mills had 17, including a few on consecutive plays after he got angry with how the game was going, Large said.

He praised Michael Higginbotham, who filled in at fullback and cornerback, and Mason Schroeder at receiver and defensive back, who made an interception and showed leadership as a freshman. Jovan Lopez played well in his first start at left guard.

Ozaukee was also missing receiver and defensive back Wyatt Brooks and lineman Wyatt Kauth, as well as receiver and defensive back Joe Grabowski, who is hurt. All return this week, along with Hamm.

Ozaukee, 1-3 in the Big East and 2-4 overall, plays at Hilbert (1-3) on Thursday, Sept. 29.

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