For the first quarter and a half, Friday’s Lancaster–Platteville rematch looked like it was going to be a shootout.
The Hillmen traded scores twice in the opening quarter and seemed to be moving the ball at will offensively.
Then the undefeated Arrows flipped the script much like they did during the team’s first meeting on Sept. 6; a 48–13 Lancaster win.
Lancaster scored 22 second-quarter points and held Platteville scoreless during the second and third quarters to pull away for a 49–20 victory at UW–Platteville’s Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium and complete the season sweep.
“Our kids were ready and really played hard,” said Platteville head coach Scott Statz. “Lancaster is a very good and very talented football team and that ultimately decided the game. We were very proud of the effort that our kids put forth. Sometime you have to tip your hat to the better team.”
Platteville forced a punt on Lancaster’s opening possession and drove 73 yards in 12 plays to take a 7–0 lead on a Logan Butson 1-yard run.
Lancaster’s Brett Snider returned the ensuing kickoff 79 yards to tie the game.
But the Hillmen responded with another lengthy scoring drive, five-plays, 72 yards, to take a 14–7 lead on a 14-yard run by Cooley. The drive was also aided by back-to-back Butson to Ryan Webber passes of 33 and 21 yards.
Cooley rushed for 46 yards on seven carries on Platteville’s first two drives, but was held to 22 yards on 11 carries the rest of the game.
Meanwhile, the Lancaster offensive machine was in full force scoring on five of its next seven drives to take a 43–14 lead into the fourth quarter.
Junior fullback Tyler Glass scored on an 8-yard run late in the first quarter to tie the game.
In the second quarter, junior quarter Nate Tranel scored on a 9-yard run and threw a 27-yard TD pass to senior Hunter Buddack. Glass also scored on a 4-yard run in the quarter.
Tranel’s 18-yard TD pass to Glass made it 43–14 with 3:53 left to play in the third quarter.
Friday’s loss to Lancaster sets up a win-or-go-home season finale this Friday when River Valley (6–2, 6–1 SWC) comes to town for Homecoming.
Platteville (4–4, 3–4) needs a win to become playoff eligible. A loss eliminates the Hillmen from playoff contention.
“We have been in playoff mode for a while now, so Friday night’s atmosphere will be no different for us,” said Statz.
“We need to play better than we did the first time out versus River Valley and we have confidence in these guys that they will. They have worked hard and we like where we are at as a team right now. We will bring our best.”
River Valley defeated Platteville on 39–21 on Sept. 13, but the Hillmen were without senior Derek Schambow in that game. Since Schambow returned a week later Platteville has won three of its last four games.
Lancaster 49, Platteville 20
(from Friday, Oct. 11 @ UW–Platteville)
Lancaster 14 22 7 6 — 49
Platteville 14 0 0 6 — 20
P: Logan Butson 1 run (James Bailie kick)
L: Brett Snider 79 kickoff return (Hunter Buddack kick)
P: William Cooley 14 run (Bailie kick)
L: Tyler Glass 8 run (Budack kick)
L: Nate Tranel 9 run (Budack kick)
L: Glass 4 run (Budack kick)
L: Budack 27 pass from Tranel (conversion run)
L: Glass 18 pass from Tranel (Budack kick)
P: Chance Kupersmith 9 pass from Butson (kick failed)
L: Tranel 24 run (kick failed)
First downs — L 11, P 14. Rushing — : 32-226, P 40-113. Passing Yards — L 131, P 227. Passing — L 6-11-0, P 15-25-1. Fumbles–lost — L 0-0, P 2-0. Penalties-yards — L 4-30, P 8-72.
Rushing — L: Tyler Glass 13-80, Nate Tranel 12-80: William Cooley 18-68. Passing — L: Tranel 6-11-0, 131; P: Logan Butson 15-25-1, 227. Receiving — L: Abe Thompson 2-70; P: Derek Schambow 8-124.