Muskego football sees early lead dissolve in loss
Warriors drop game to talented Raccoons
The way the first 5 minutes, 50 seconds of the game went Friday night, things looked very promising for the Muskego football team.
The Warriors ran 13 plays to Oconomowoc's three in that span and had themselves what seemed to be a very comfortable 14-0 lead.
What happened in the next 20 minutes, however, turned out to be the difference in the game as the host Raccoons scored on five consecutive possessions and ended up rolling over the Warriors 38-28.
Muskego slipped to 1-1 heading into Classic 8 Conference opener at home Sept. 6 against Waukesha South, which is 2-0 after a 48-6 romp over Racine Park last week.
"We knew they were going to come out and try to drop the hammer on us," Cooney coach Ryan McMillen said. "But our kids on defense bounced back and played well. They pound the ball at you and you have to hang in there against that. We made some adjustments, and that helped a lot. We knew what we had on offense and felt we could score, too. Things worked out for us tonight."
Roy tallies twice
Muskego wasted little time taking charge, opening the game with a nine-play, 70-yard drive for a touchdown on a 7-yard run by fullback Peter Roy, then forcing the Oconomowoc offense into a three-and-out.
The Warriors got the ball back and marched 67 yards in just four plays, with Roy going over from 25 yards out. The point after by Jacob Arndt made it 14-0.
Roy was just getting started, as he finished the night with 21 carries for 168 yards and all four Muskego touchdowns.
Running back Frank Schroyer tallied 57 yards and quarterback Jeff Schweitzer passed for 24 more. Muskego was outgained 421 yards to 312 for the game.
After that second Muskego score, Oconomowoc tallied on a 5-yard pass from quarterback Canton Larson to Logan Larson.
The Warriors then scored again on Roy's 5-yard scamper to go up 21-7. Muskego gained 202 yards in those three scoring drives.
The Raccoons scored on the very next play from scrimmage when Canton Larson, who had a brilliant game both running and passing, connected on a 72-yard scoring bomb to Jack Bourdo. When the Raccoons got a 1-yard touchdown run from Nick Gomez with 7:57 left in the half, the game was tied at 21-21.
Oconomowoc then took the a 24-21 edge at halftime when Casey Bednarski blasted a 31-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining in the half.
Krause credits QB
"Give Oconomowoc all the credit in the world," said Muskego coach Ken Krause. "And give a lot of credit to that quarterback (Larson). He was the difference maker tonight. He was the best player on the field. They're a great team and hats off to them for getting the win."
OHS scored again to start the second half, making it points on five straight possessions for the Raccoons. That score came on a 42-yard bomb from Larson to Bednarski, who was wide open in the middle of the field. Cooney now had control at 31-21.
Muskego scored on a 2-yard burst by Roy to cut the Cooney lead to 31-28 with 5:38 remaining in the game, but once again, the OHS offense delivered the play of the night to respond.
After getting possession of the ball with at their own 40-yard line, the Raccoons marched the ball to the 8-yard line with 1:18 left to play. After a timeout, Cooney set up for a 25-yard field goal but instead faked the kick. Larson took the snap, briefly rolled to his right and then quickly turned back to his left and a found a wide-open Gomez in the end zone for a touchdown.
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