Howards Grove kept up with Ozaukee through the first half Friday, but the Warriors broke out in an all-out charge to grab their second Central Lakeshore Conference win of the season.
Both teams traded first-quarter touchdowns and stayed quiet in the second quarter to take a 6-6 tie into halftime.
Ozaukee (5-2, 2-1 CLC) charged out to a 20-point lead in the third quarter though after Colton Susen connected on a 31-yard pass to Steve Street and Ethan Brouillette charged in for two more scores.
Brouillette finished the game with 112 rushing yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns. (He put the Warriors on the board early in the first quarter off a 30-yard scoring run.)
Howards (3-4, 2-2 CLC) tried to mount a comeback, eventually cutting Ozaukee’s lead to just 26-18 by the end of the third quarter after Cole McCraw drove into the end zone off a 64-yard run and Everhett Johnson caught a 23-yard TD pass from Tom Hansen.
Both teams traded scores in the fourth quarter.
Cedar Grove-Bel. 33, Gibraltar 0
Alex Giles carried the ball 24 times for 244 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Logan Peterson caught a TD pass and returned an interception for a score and the Rockets accelerated to their fifth straight win.
Giles put Cedar Grove-Belgium (5-2, 3-0 CLC) on the board in the first quarter off a 5-yard run. Peterson caught a 26-yard catch from Drew Emperley later in the quarter to extend the Rockets’ lead to 14-0.
Later in the half, Peterson returned a pickoff 30 yards, and Emperley punched in a 1-yard run for a score to give Cedar Grove a 26-0 lead at halftime. Giles gave the game its christening cherry-on-top in the third quarter when he drove in a 64-yard run for a TD.
“That’s a good night (of) work for our defense,” Rockets coach Chris Zablocki said, pointing to Gibraltar’s fewer-than-100-yard night. Gibraltar netted just 93 yards all night. Cedar Grove gained 369.
Random Lake 13, Oostburg 6
Oostburg led for the entire first half and dominated on offense, but Random Lake pulled off the win at home anyway Friday to keep the Flying Dutchmen winless in the Central Lakeshore Conference.
Tyler Chaloupka turned in a 6-yard run for a score in the first quarter — the point-after try failed — but that was the last time Oostburg scored all night.
Oostburg gained 306 yards rushing and passing to Random Lake’s 229, and netted 14 offensive first downs to the Rams’ seven.
But the Rams shifted the game’s inertia on a pair of big plays in the second half. Brady Schmidt connected with Jake Schwan for a 22-yard TD pass in the third quarter to hand Random Lake a 7-6 lead. Then Schmidt scored on a 71-yard run in the fourth quarter to widen the gap.
“It was just a good Friday night game,” Rams coach Chris Bichler said.
Elkhart Lake 50, Oneida Nation 36
Devin Pfeifer rushed 23 times for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help the Resorters improve to 4-1 in 8-man football action this year.
Shane Schanke scored twice, including on a 65-yard kick return ni the fourth quarter, and Elliot Van Oss rushed for a pair of touchdowns.