weather

59°

Clear | 0MPH

NEWSROOM * CIRCULATION * ADVERTISING

CONTACT US MANAGE ACCOUNT SUBSCRIBE

Monday

July 2014

28

Division 3: Catholic Memorial 14, Pewaukee 13

Watt dominant, but PHS drops heartbreaker

Hand in hand, the Pewaukee football team marched the length of its home field and back, a sobering conclusion to the evening after a hard-fought loss to Catholic Memorial in the first round of the WIAA Division 3 playoffs.

Over the sound system played a bagpipes version of "Amazing Grace," adopted as the team's signature song during the 2010 season. On the scoreboard was the 14-13 final, a heartbreaking loss to a powerful foe from the Classic 8 Conference.

"Coach (Bill) Young has a great program and a great football team," said Pewaukee coach Clay Iverson. "Our kids played with a lot of heart and never gave in once. A lot of people said we couldn't hold up against them."

The Pirates (7-3) very nearly had more than just a strong showing. After a crucial fumble recovery with less than 8 minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Pewaukee meticulously drove from its own 23 largely on the shoulders of running back Derek Watt, who was borderline unstoppable most of the night.

But heading into the wind and facing a 4th and 6 from Memorial's 29, Pewaukee didn't have the luxury to kick a field goal. Quarterback Brock Bateman's lob barely eluded Watt, racing back to try and make the catch.

Memorial (8-2) chewed up the rest of the clock in a game where all the scoring came in the first half, and an early missed extra-point attempt proved to be the difference.

The Crusaders took their lead with 1:06 to play in the first half, delivering a lightning-quick three-play drive that began with 2 minutes on the clock. Pete Karczewski ran for the last 24 yards of the series, and Chris Colombe's extra point spotted his team a 14-13 lead.

Just more than two minutes earlier, Watt scored his second touchdown of the night from 8 yards away, but Watt's extra-point kick into the wind fell short of the crossbar.

Watt, who will play linebacker for Northwestern University next year, capped a superb career by rushing for 265 yards on 30 carries. He also caught three passes for 32 yards and made eight tackles, and his 68-yard steamroll gave his team a 7-0 lead early. He was the primary reason the Pirates outgained the Crusaders, 380-251.

"There are a lot of people that doubted Derek could play Classic 8 football teams well," Iverson said. "Today, you saw him dominate one, and you can put that in the paper."

Charlie Walsh also had a touchdown run early in the second quarter for Memorial to tie the game, and Karczewski finished with 174 yards on 23 carries.

Twice in the second half, Memorial moved into the Pewaukee red zone but turned the ball over. T.J. Watt and Ben Bellows had fumble recoveries, keeping the Pirates within one score.

"That's exactly how we wanted the game to play out, except we thought we would win in the end," Iverson said. "We had the ball where we wanted and it just didn't happen."

Memorial will host top-seeded Plymouth (9-1) on Saturday.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.


Living Lake Country

E-mail Newsletter

Top stories from the Lake Country area. Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.
Tools
TEXT SIZE
Lake Country Construction Guide

 

Consruction season is underway in Lake Country and

we've got you covered when it comes to street closures and delays:

Mukwonago area projects

Sussex, Menomonee Falls area projects

Kettle Moraine area projects

Greater Lake Country area projects

 

Community Pride 2014

  

Celebrate Lake Country 

communities with stories

of community pride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rummage Router
Just click to find a rummage near you
Your Photos
Sarah Kyle - Hartland, WI , AL
Community Blogs

Lake Country residents share their views on news, happenings and current events.

Cook's Corner
By Cynthia Acosta Luksich
Ree’s forgetfulness benefits us all: Coconut Curry Shrimp

Fair E-tales

Top 10 things to see and do at the Wisconsin State Fair July 31 through Aug. 10

"Hear's" to Life!
By Tami Klink
October Conference for Hearing Loss!

It's Hemmer Time
By Amy L. Geiger-Hemmer
The unbelievable irony...

Bernie Ziebart

The Engineering Perspective
By Bernie Ziebart
Owen Paterson and the big green blob

LivingLakeCountry.com features more than a dozen community bloggers - a group of volunteer conversation leaders who are up on the latest topics and never short on an opinion. Just a few are pictured here. Check out the rest and see what they have to say!

View All Blogs

Discussion Guidelines

Do you want to become a Community Blogger? LivingLakeCountry.com welcomes your thoughts and opinions. Contact us for more information:
I want to blog

Legal Notices
Back to top