OSHKOSH — This year’s edition of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association small school all-star football game was a grim defensive struggle from the very beginning.
Forty-eight minutes of regulation wasn’t enough to produce a winner as each team managed a field goal each prior to overtime.
Southern Door’s Mitchel Neubauer tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to Grantsburg’s Tony Britton on the first possession of the extra session to lead the North to a 10–3 victory at UW–Oshkosh’s Titan Stadium.
The South team, coached by Black Hawk head coach Cory Milz, fumbled on its overtime possession and Chtek–Weyerhaeuser’s Cole LaLiberty recovered to end the game.
The only points in the game’s first three quarters came early in the second quarter when Edgar’s Kaleb Wolf drilled a 30-yard field goal with 11:01 left in the first half to give the North a slim 3–0 lead.
Defense dominated the rest of the day as the teams traded sacks, stops in the backfield and punts, as both offenses struggled with mistakes and inconsistency.
The South finally put together a scoring drive midway through the fourth quarter and forced overtime when All-State kicker Zach Hintze of Fond du Lac Saint Mary’s Springs connected on a 26-yard field goal with 5:38 left in the game.
In overtime, the North offense had the ball first and quickly grabbed the lead with Neubauer’s TD pass to Britton. Neubaer completed 4 of 13 passes for 13 yards in the win. Britton caught two passes for 13 yards and led all rushers in the game with 59 yards on seven carries.
The South team struggled with fumbles and negative plays throughout the day, finishing with just 91 yards of total offense, including 32 yards rushing on 28 carries.
Lancaster fullback Tyler Glass led the South with 37 yards rushing on 14 attempts. Lancaster quarterback Nathan Tranel completed 2 of 5 passes for 34 yards and was intercepted. He also finished with -23 yards rushing on 12 carries due to a handful of sacks.
Black Hawk quarterback Heath Butler completed 6 of 9 passes for 26 yards and rushed for seven yards on four carries. Teammate Shawn Woodruff rushed for four yards on one carry.
Iowa–Grant’s halfback Luke Nowak rushed for two yards on three carries. Darlington defensive lineman Zach Wolf got one carry for a yard, and Redbird tight end Cole Whalen caught one pass for nine yards.
The North fared slightly better on offense, accumulating 186 yards, 161 yards on the ground, but completed just 3 of 12 passes for 25 yards. Fortunately, for the North, one eight-yard completion in overtime proved to be the difference in the game.
Platteville linebacker Ryan Weber, Potosi linebacker Brent Curtis, Lancaster safety Andy Ryan, Lancaster defensive lineman David Chadd, Cuba City defensive back Preston Droessler, Mineral Point defensive back Sy Staver all played on the South defense. Chadd had two sacks in the loss.
Platteville’s Austin Brogley and Darlington’s Brett Erickson played offensive line for the South in the game.
Black Hawk’s Todd Rood, Darlington’s Ryan McGranahan and Lancaster’s Eric Fuerstenberg were assistant coaches on Milz’s all-star staff.
North 10, South 3, OT
(from Saturday, July 18 @ Oshkosh)
South 0 0 0 3 0 — 3
North 0 3 0 0 7 — 10
N: FG Kaleb Wolf 30
S: FG Zach Hintze 26
N: Tony Britton 8 pass from Mitchel Neubauer (Z. Wolf kick)
Rushing — S 28-32, N 46-161. Passing Yards — S 59, N 25. Passing — S 9-15-1, N 3-12-0. Fumbles–lost — S 4-1, N 0-0.
Rushing — South: Tyler Glass (Lancaster) 14-37, Lee Pronschinske (Arcadia) 1-15, Heath Butler (Black Hawk) 4-7, Shawn Woodruff (Blackhawk) 1-4, Luke Nowak (Iowa–Grant) 3-2, Zach Wolf (Darlington) 1-1, Spencer Francis (Brookfield Academy) 1-(-8), Nate Tranel (Lancaster) 12-(-23).
North: Tony Britton (Grantsburg) 7-59, Jack Meunier (Kiel) 8-43, Lane Tessmer (Athens) 12-36, Hunter VanDerLinden (Bonduel) 4-14, Mongomery Noffke (Gillett) 4-4, Mike Ehlke (Little Chute) 1-2, Mitchel Neubauer 8-1, Connor Zblewski (Amherst) 1-1, Bryce Niemi (Owen–Withee) 1-1 .
Passing — South: Butler (Black Hawk) 6-9-0, 26, Tranel (Lancaster) 2-5-1, 34, Francis (Brookfield Academy) 1-1-0, (-1).
North: Mitchel Neubauer (Southern Door) 4-13-0, 13, Jack Meunier (Kiel) 1-8-0, 12.
Receiving — South: Pronschinske (Arcadia) 5-20, Grant Johnson (Lake Country Lutheran) 3-30, Cole Whalen (Darlington) 1-9.
North: Tony Britton (Grantsburg) 2-13, Ronnie Engstrand (Pepin/Alma) 1-12.