O-W slips past Gilman

O-W slips past Gilman


O-W slips past Gilman



On paper, it was a classic mismatch. The Owen-Withee football team had dismantled Gilman just three weeks ago by five touchdowns.

Evidently, playoff games are funny that way because this time the Blackhawks had all they could handle and then some as they staved off the Pirates 20-16 in a WIAA Division 7 playoffs game Saturday.

“We have respect for one another in the Cloverwood (conference),” said OW coach Terry Laube. “I have great respect for coach Rosemeyer. They were well prepared and in that first half they did things better than us.”

Gilman played like a team possessed early in the game, limiting the Blackhwks to just nine offensive plays in a scoreless first quarter. It took OW until the 8:42 mark of the second quarter before it registered a first down.

The Pirates finally broke through when Dean Klimeck hauled in a 4-yard touchdown pass on a deflection from quarterback Mitch Jazdzewski putting the Pirates up 7-0.

The Blackhawks finally woke up going 80 yards on 14 plays, while taking 5:14 off the clock. Tommy Schuh crashed in from the one with just 6 seconds left in the half, but the extra point was no good, giving the Pirates a 7-6 edge at halftime.

A 28-yard field goal by Gilman’s Tyler Elwood gave the Pirates a 10-6 lead with 8:21 left in the third. But Bryce Niemi cruised in from the 14 yards out to give the Blackhawks their first lead at 12-10.

That lead lasted 59 seconds.

It was Klimeck again, and the pass was tipped, again. Safety Albert Goerlitz got his hand on the ball as Klimeck was streaking down the left sideline. The ball glanced off Goerlitz’s hand and Klimeck never broke stride covering 67 yards on the pitch and catch as Gilman regained the lead.

“We learned alot from the first time we played them,” said Gilman coach Robin Rosemeyer. “We knew we’d have to make some plays in the passing game because they’re tough to run on. We had an outstanding week of preparation. We were down a little in the second half. We’re extremely proud of our effort.”

But the Blackhawks wouldn’t be denied. They went 68 yards in 11 plays. Schuh covered the last four yards early in the fourth quarter to give the Blackhawks a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

And although the game was far from over one player took over every time OW needeed a first down: Albert Goerlitz.

The 6-foot, 170-pound junior quarterback simply woulnd’t be denied as he turned several non-plays into gains for the home team. He rushed for 126 yards on 20 carries and threw for another 56 yards.

“Our team was able to pull together and get done what we needed to do,” said Goerlitz. “We had some mistakes, but we knew we had to get the next first down or make the next play. Keep going until our goals were reached.”

Laube knows what he has in his quarterback.

“Albert did a great job in managing the game,” Laube said. “He played within himself. More importantly, he made those plays when they had to be made. He put the offense on his shoulders and made good decisions.”

Gilman fought until the end, but Goerlitz and company took the air out of the ball and gave it back to the Pirates without enough time to get anything done.

Gilman 0 7 9 0 16
Owen-Withee 0 6 6 8 20

Second quarter

G- Dean Klimeck 4 pass from Mitch Jazdzewski (Tyler Elwood kick)

OW- Tommy Schuh 1 run

Third quarter

G – Elwood 28 FG

OW – Bryce Niemi 14 run (pass failed)

G – Klimeck 67 pass from Jazdzewski (pass failed)

Fourth quarter

OW – Schuh 4 run (Schuh run)

Gilman O-W
First downs 13 16
Rushes-yards 30-122 56-273
Passing yards 190 56
Comp-Att-Int 11-21-0 5-8-0
Total yards 312 329
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Individual Statistics

Rushing: G-Jesse Ogle 17-77. OW- Albert Goerlitz 20-126, Bryce Niemi 16-88. Tommy Schuh 20-64.

Passing: G – Mitch Jazdzewski 11-21-0-190. OW- Albert Goerlitz 5-8-0-56

Receiving: G – Tyler Elwood 5-77. OW – Kordell Kaduce 4-46.

Records: Owen-Withee 8-1; Gilman 4-5.


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