By David Keech
September 12, 2014
Oshkosh — The Lincoln Red Raiders and Oshkosh West Wildcats engaged in a see-saw battle that took two overtimes before West came away with a 27-20 victory at Titan Stadium.
In the second overtime, the Wildcats’ Carson Faust scored to give the Wildcats the lead, and the Raiders were unable to respond when they had their chance in the period, sealing the victory for West.
West got on the board first, scoring when Rapids fumbled the kickoff, and the Wildcats capitalized on the short field, and their 6-0 lead held up through 2 quarters.
The game started out slow for Rapids, as the Red Raider offense struggled to develop a cohesive attack in the first half. Raider coach Tony Biolo noted the Red Raiders continue to work on coming out stronger to open the game.
“Our offense has started out slow. We have a younger offensive line, and getting them to relax and get off to a great start is something we continue to work on. They really respond well at halftime, and they are maturing and developing. It’s a work in progress.”
The Rapids defense came up big in the first half, stopping the Wildcats twice inside the red zone. “Our defense played phenomenal tonight, again. Those guys continue to hustle to the ball and are keeping us in games.”
The second half kickoff began well for the Raiders, as an unintentional kickoff was recovered by Rapids and quarterback Jayson Wiernik led the Raiders on an 11 play drive that ended when he scored on a 1 yard plunge and Rapids went on top, 7-6.
Neither team could produce any more scoring in the third quarter, and well into the 4th, when the Raider offense surprised the Wildcats. Wiernik didn’t go to the air often, completing 3 out of 7 passes, for 31 yards, but his 25 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Thomas Olson at the 5:28 mark put Rapids on top, 13-6.
Rapids trademark running attack produced 233 yards on 58 carries, led by Logan Boettcher, who led all ball carriers with 102 yards on 23 rushes.
“I stayed low, ran hard, and fast. I was focused on making every yard count, ” shared Boettcher.
West came back, however, and marched down the field to tie the game at the end of regulation, setting up the overtime excitement.
West won the toss, and elected for the Raiders to start out with the first possession, at the 25 yard line. Logan Wimme’s one yard touchdown and Christian Smith’s extra point put Rapids up 20-13, and West didn’t waste any time in responding.
On first down, Faust’s 18 yard run set West up with first and goal at the seven, and quarterback Alex Lowney’s touchdown to Matt Rebholz sent the game to the second overtime. When Faust scored and the West defense held off Rapids by recovering a fumble, West escaped with the hard-fought victory.
Biolo came away from the game proud of how his team responded. “Our defense really did a nice job of stepping up and keeping this game close. I thought our offense did a nice job in the second half putting drives together. Our kids played hard. We’ll get back to practice this week and prepare for Hortonville. The kids are looking forward to playing at home, in front of their family and fans, and we’ll be ready for next Friday night.”
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|Wisconsin Rapids Passing||Attempts||Comp||Yds||TD|
|Wisconsin Rapids Receiving||Catches||Yds||TD|