It’s not just that Ozaukee’s football team is still undefeated. It’s how the Warriors have stayed that way that’s so head-turningly conspicuous.
With the exception of a 28-20 win over Manitowoc Lutheran in Week 1, the Warriors (4-0) have won by noticeably big margins, outscoring their last three opponents by a whopping combined score of 153-56. The wins have been good enough to earn the team a tied-for-11th-place ranking among the state’s small division schools in the latest Associated Press poll.
You can chalk up the team’s success at least in part to brilliant play by running back Nick Wojciechowski, who has averaged about 10 yards per carry this year for 600 total yards and nine touchdowns.
Quarterback Jacob Wolff has provided a potent complement to Wojciechowski’s ground threat. He’s compiled a passer rating of 132.6 so far, passing for more than 500 yards and six touchdowns. Collin Stageman has been one of his favorite targets; he’s caught 10 passes for 276 yards and five scores. Michael Richter has caught passes for nearly as many yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Ozaukee’s offense seems to be humming along comfortably as it nears the mid-point of the regular season — and that should make the Warriors something of a dangerous threat to Central Lakeshore Conference teams down the stretch. Ozaukee opens its conference schedule this week against Oostburg and then travels to Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler/Christian.
The team’s most interesting match-up — and likely most difficult test of the season — should come early next month, when the Warriors play on the road against two-time defending league champion Cedar Grove on Oct. 4.
1. Plymouth (3-1)
2. Ozaukee (4-0)
3. Cedar Grove-Belgium (3-1)
4. Random Lake (3-1)
5. New Holstein (2-2)