North Fond du Lac’s two-point conversion attempt with 1 minute, 59 seconds left failed, which kept Winnebago Lutheran in the lead and the Vikings went on for a 20-19 victory.
The Orioles scored twice in the fourth quarter to position themselves to win, but a Tim Anderson returned a fumble 25 yards for a WLA touchdown with 4:53 to play.
It was one of three fumbles the Orioles lost. North Fondy also threw three interceptions.
WLA’s Drew Stroede had the only glaring numbers. He ran just nine times for 107 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown.
Mitch Ballwanz threw for 160 yards for North Fondy on 9 of 20 passing.
“(The players) saw all the good things we did; we allowed only 9 yards rushing in the first half,” Orioles coach Zac Ruch said. “We did some very good things, we just have to build off of it.”
Laconia 42, Lomira 0
The Laconia football team had an extra pep talk going into Friday’s game against visiting Lomira.
Thursday, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, a Laconia graduate, spoke to the team. It worked as Baalke’s Spartans pounded Lomira.
“The biggest thing, he just gave us one word: invest,” said Laconia coach Mark Madigan. “Invest your heart and everything you have. And the boys really took it to heart. It was a big day.”
Madigan said he was worried there would be an emotional letdown the day after the talk, but he said his team played with great intensity the whole way.
All they really had to do was give the ball to senior Cody Moon and run the ball at the Lions. Moon rushed for five touchdowns and totaled 204 yards on 19 carries.
“He did a great job,” Madigan said. “It was an inspired night. The boys had great energy after meeting with Trent Baalke (Thursday). They really came off the ball.”
It was 35-0 at halftime and Moon had TD runs of 31, 3, 9, 58 and 15 in the first half. Eli Brooks tacked on a 25-yarder in the fourth quarter.
“Our kicker, Miles Brooks had two touchdown saving tackles on kickoff returns,” Madigan said. “He came up big and made a big stop to make them snap it again.”
Omro 33, Mayville 25
Both teams had more than 350 yards of offense as the Foxes won in Omro.
“Even though we came up short this was a fun game to watch,” said Mayville coach Mark Pankow. “For us it was fun because our guys finally grew up in that they’re finally know what they’re capable of.”
Mayville had a few offense players with gaudy stats. Sophomore running back Smith had 108 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Brandon Mueller went 20 of 25 for 196 yards, and receiver Casey McDermott caught 12 passes for 156 and two scores.
“Brandon is very poised because the offense line gave him a lot of time,” Pankow said. “When you give him 3, 3½ seconds to throw he’s going to find the open guy.”
Omro scored three times in a row and led 20-0 with a little more than 7 minutes to go until halftime.
Brandon Mueller threw a TD pass to Casey McDermott to get the Cardinals on the board 2 minutes before the half, then they connected again on a 25-yarder late in the third period. Smith ran one in from 23 yards with 3:30 to go in the game.
“We tackled much better the second half,” Pankow said.