The hallway under the Camp Randall south end zone was cramped late Friday afternoon, filled wall-to-wall with junior varsity players waiting outside the locker room, with the pungent aroma of sweat-filled jerseys seemingly everywhere.
Just then, Kimberly star quarterback Scott Schreiber emerged from the locker room, smiling from ear-to-ear and heading straight to the phalanx of Kimberly coaches who began shouting “Beast!” and “Manchild!” as he shook hands with them in addition to thanking them for their work this season.
While Schreiber was the Papermakers’ brightest star, he knew that the coaches and his teammates were the biggest reason for Kimberly’s dominating 51-10 victory over Oshkosh North in Friday’s WIAA Division 2 state championship game.
Schreiber accounted for five touchdowns in the win, four rushing and one passing, in a superlative performance that punctuated a solid senior season.
As usual, the soft-spoken Schreiber pointed to his teammates as the reason for his success.
“It feels great,” he said. “Our offensive line coach did a great job of lining up some plays for us and our offensive line gave me lanes to run and some great protection. It all starts up front.”
After Oshkosh North scored on its first possession, Schreiber led Kimberly on a six-play, 76-yard drive that ended on his one-yard touchdown plunge.
Later in the half, Schreiber tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Weston Guilfoyle.
The second half, however, was all Schreiber as he scored on a 42-yard touchdown run to start the third quarter and followed that with touchdown runs of 11 and 24 yards.
He finished with 100 yards rushing on 12 carries and passed for 154 yards, completing nine of 12 attempts.
“We talked in our program a lot that competitors give their best when their best is needed,” Kimberly coach Steve Jones said. “And he definitely gave his best today.”
Jones said that the team was smart on how they used Schreiber throughout the season. Kimberly won many of its games in blowouts, so the team held Schreiber back in terms of running the football.
That wasn’t the case against North and Schreiber turned in his finest performance of the season.
“He’s unbelievable. He’s a guy that’s going to will you to win,” Jones said. “As a coaching staff, we wanted to be smart about him, want to keep him healthy. Any team that makes it down to state knows that one of the keys is staying healthy. So we ran him just enough this year, but we knew once we got down here that it was time to empty the gun.”