WIAA football roundup: Seymour comeback ends at 2-yard line

WIAA football roundup: Seymour comeback ends at 2-yard line

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WIAA football roundup: Seymour comeback ends at 2-yard line

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PLYMOUTH – As the play unfolded, Brant Urner was ready.

With his Panthers clinging to a one-point lead, Urner saw Seymour quarterback Dakota Oskey roll to his left on a naked bootleg and head toward the pylon for a two-point conversion and the lead.

“We had been practicing that all week, that was the only time they ran it. I just did what the coaches told me and it ended up working out,” Urner explained. “I just didn’t want to do anything fancy, I just wanted to grab him and get him down.”

Urner brought Oskey down around the 2, and the Plymouth sideline erupted as its lead was intact. After recovering an onside kick attempt, the Panthers were able to run the clock and hang on for a 7-6 win in a WIAA Division 3 Level 2 playoff game.

“I saw a Brant Urner that I’ve never seen before,” Plymouth’s Eric Roberts said. “He busted his butt to get out there cause he knew that was the difference in this game. That was just fantastic to see out him, he did exactly what he was supposed to do.”

That crucial stop was key in allowing Plymouth not to let this one slip through its fingers.

The Panthers (10-0) outplayed the Thunder (8-2) for significant chunks of the game, yet only led 7-0 early in the fourth quarter after Roberts took a handoff from Kollin Neils on a Statue of Liberty play for a 16-yard score.

Three times prior to Roberts’ scamper the Panthers had moved the ball inside Seymour’s 10-yard-line, yet came away with no points.

“We made a few too many mistakes, played a little sloppy,” coach Dan Knaus said. “(But) we played physical, we played outstanding defense.”

One such drive seemed to end in a bit of controversy after Cory Unger was stopped at the 1 on fourth and goal. Unger and several of his teammates, most noticeably lineman Jordan Mueller, disagreed with the call and said Unger had broken the plane.

“I know Cory Unger and I know he doesn’t stop until he sees the end zone, he’s such a workhorse,” said Roberts. “If the refs saw something different, then that’s fine. We just take what they say and we respond to that and move on to the next play.”

“We had a couple plays where we thought we scored, but calls go the other way,” Neils added.

Finally on the first play of the fourth quarter however, the Panthers finally were able to break through.

Roberts, who finished the game with 187 yards on 28 carries, took the handoff from Neils and had to make the defensive end, who had fired up the field, miss.

“I did not expect to see him when I turned around, normally we have that guy sealed off,” said Roberts. “I cut in and the linemen did a fantastic job blocking downfield. That’s a great feeling knowing that the lineman did their job, Kollin did his job, wide receivers are doing their job and the coaches made a fantastic choice to run the play and when you see that opening, it’s great.”

After an interception by Clay Henning set Plymouth up in the red zone once again, the Panthers drive stalled and a 30-yard field goal was too low, giving Seymour the ball back on its own 20. On the next play, Colton Schenk caught a pass in traffic and broke free after two Plymouth players knocked each other out of the play, going 80 yards for the score.

“Talk about your heart rate going up a little bit,” said Knaus. “I just told them, ‘Hey we’re still winning 7-6 here, they’re going for two from the 3-yard-line, we’ve kicked their butt defensively all night. If they try to run the ball they’re not getting it.'”

All that was left was the two-point conversion attempt and Urner’s heroics.

“He did exactly what he’s supposed to do, stayed flat,” Knaus said. “His tackle went down and he felt bootleg so he flattens out down the line just like he’s supposed to.”

Now it’s on to Level 3 and a showdown with unbeaten West De Pere, the reigning Division 3 state champions.

“We’re going to get some film and prepare for them just like we have the last four weeks,” said Knaus. “We talked about Level 3 being a point when there’s only eight teams left in the state and anything can happen now. We’re there and let’s make the best of it.”

Seymour 0 0 0 6 6
Plymouth 0 0 0 7 7

Fourth quarter

P – Eric Roberts 17 run (Jack Heginbottom kick)

S – Colton Schenk 80 pass from Dakota Oskey (run failed)

Individual statistics

Rushing — Seymour, Dakota Oskey 8-32. Plymouth, Eric Roberts 28-187.

Passing — Seymour, Dakota Oskey 3-10-1-106. Plymouth, Kollin Neils 8-10-1-123.

Receiving — Seymour, Colton Schenk 1-80.

Edgar 58, Coleman 0

COLEMAN – Coleman failed to complete a pass as Edgar routed the Cougars 58-0.

Edgar 16 14 21 7 58
Coleman 0 0 0 0 0

First quarter

E: Will Hannemann 1 yard run (Hornak run)

E: Connor Handrick 42 yard punt return (Hanneman run)

Second quarter

E: Dave Hornak 11 yard pass from Kirsch (Wolf kick)

E: Hornak 11 yard pass from Kirsch (Wolf kick)

Third quarter

E: Hanneman 75 yard kickoff return (Wolf kick)

E: Nehemiah Werner 5 yard run (Wolf kick)

E: Blake Lehman 40 yard interception return (Wolf kick)

Fourth quarter

E: Jacob Joyce 5 yard run (Wolf kick).

Individual statistics

Rushing: E, Werner 8-36; C, Mike Carroll 16-49.

Passing: E, Kirsch 6-8-0-82; C, Seewald 0-2-1-0.

Receiving: E, Travis Haanstad 2-34.

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