WIAA D-2: Kimberly offense too much for Oshkosh North
MADISON, Wis. -- Kimberly's football team routinely
throttled opponents this season behind a senior-laden offensive line that mauled
defenders in the trenches. Entering Friday's state championship, the
Papermakers had used that advantage to score at least 40 points in 10 of their
13 games this season.
Make that 11 of 14.
Kimberly thumped Oshkosh North 51-10 to capture the Division
2 WIAA state championship game at Camp Randall Stadium. The Papermakers scored
37 unanswered points in the second half and proved that they were the best in
the state -- even if playoff seeding suggested otherwise.
The Papermakers (14-0) earned a No. 2 seed when the playoffs
began despite hammering most opponents. Instead, Homestead took the top seed in
the eight-team bracket, but Kimberly rolled Homestead 37-7 two weeks ago and
marched all the way through the championship.
"We used that as motivation," Kimberly quarterback
Scott Schreiber said. "We thought we were good enough to be No. 1 seed.
But there were a lot of great teams in here. We proved that we should have been
a No. 1 seed."
Kimberly enacted the 35-point running clock rule in the
final three minutes after Papermakers tailback J.P. Peerenboom scored a 13-yard
touchdown to account for the final score. Peerenboom, one of the team's
standout running backs, missed the first four playoff games with a knee injury.
"I told him all week I was going to try to get him in
the game, so that was great," said Kimberly running back Blair Mulholland,
who rushed for 89 yards with a touchdown. "He's just a fighter. You could
tell he's hurt, but he went in there."
A scary scene took place during the fourth quarter with
10:25 remaining and Kimberly ahead 35-10. Oshkosh North teammates Robert
Phillips and Alec Goodermuth were injured on the same play and were carted off
in separate ambulances following a roughly 30-minute delay.
"Our team is just a bunch of brothers," said
Oshkosh North quarterback Nate Neveau, who was visibly shaken up on the
sideline during the wait. "When one of your brothers goes down it's really
hard on you. You never want to see your family get hurt. Emotionally we shed a
couple tears for them. But they're in good hands. In the long run, they'll be
Oshkosh North (13-1) trimmed its halftime deficit to 14-10
with a 29-yard field goal from kicker Turner Geisthardt. But Kimberly wasted
little time in pulling away once the second half started.
Kimberly's Weston Guilfoyle returned the opening kickoff of
the second half 54 yards to set up the Papermakers with good field positioning
at the Oshkosh North 42. Two play later, Schreiber ran for a 42-yard touchdown
to put the Papermakers ahead 21-10 -- the first of their three consecutive
• Quarterback Scott Schreiber, Kimberly -- Schreiber could
not be stopped on the ground, rushing for 100 yards and four touchdowns. He
added an efficient performance through the air, going 9 of 12 for 154 yards
with a touchdown and no interceptions. Schreiber, who will play baseball at
Nebraska next season, completed 64.8 percent of his passes on the season with
27 touchdowns and two interceptions.
• Running back Blair Mulholland, Kimberly -- Mulholland, a
sophomore, was forced into more action late in the season when running back
J.P. Peerenboom sustained an injury. But he didn't wilt under the pressure and
carried 18 times for 89 yards with a score.
• Quarterback Nate Neveau, Oshkosh North -- Neveau completed
18 of 31 passes for 192 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. He also
ran for 55 yards and accounted for Oshkosh North's only touchdown -- a 6-yard
run that put his team ahead 7-0 in the first quarter.
• "It all starts with our offensive line. Those guys do
a great job. Pass protection, giving us running lanes to go. They do a great
-- Kimberly quarterback Scott Schreiber
• "Scott's a great athlete. He breaks tackles, make the
right reads on runs. I look up to him. He's a great guy."
-- Kimberly running back Blair Mulholland
• "We feel we played a pretty good half. The second
half, they come out, they get that big kick return and go a two-play drive.
They went down and scored pretty quick, and we weren’t able to get anything
going. They came out to play in the second half and we just had no
-- Oshkosh North quarterback Nate Neveau