Oconomowoc starts out 2-0
It has been awhile since Oconomowoc has been undefeated after two weeks of the football season.
Senior quarterback James Blackburn found his brother, senior wide receiver CJ Blackburn for a 57-yard score.
Less than three minutes later, James Blackburn struck again.
Scrambling on third down, Blackburn launched a perfect pass while falling down to senior Danny Shores for a 65-yard touchdown. The extra point was missed, but North still led, 13-7.
On fourth down, the snap sailed over North punter Nick Isler’s head. It looked like OHS was going to get the ball deep in North territory, but Isler juked his way for 18 yards and a first down.
Later on the drive, CJ Blackburn scored on a seven-yard run. James Blackburn hit senior Dillard Love on the two-point conversion to tie the score at 21-21 with 4:08 to play in the third quarter.
Aside from the one North touchdown drive, OHS dominated the second half on both sides of the ball.
McMillen wasn’t sure what to expect exactly from North, which was playing just its second game under head coach Carey Venne.
“It is tough to prepare for that,” McMillen said. “It is only week two and we didn’t know exactly what we were going to get. We did enough to find a way to get comfortable on certain series to keep the chains moving.”
CJ Blackburn finished with 237 all-purpose yards for North, 97 on the ground and 138 receiving yards.
Larson completed 10-of his-13 passes for OHS for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
“It was a very good team effort,” senior offensive lineman Matt Gross said. “You didn’t see any one guy make a ton of plays, it was a very good team effort.”
Despite being 2-0, the Raccoons made sure to emphasize that they are still hungry and won’t be overconfident.
“It gives us a little bit of confidence but it doesn’t mean we can just roll over for any team,” senior Austin Tomaz said. “We still have to work hard all week.”
That is especially true because OHS starts Wisconsin Little Ten conference play next week against a Hartford team that has taken two on the chin against two traditional powers to open the season.
“We are going to have a heck of a Hartford team coming down here,” McMillen said. “They are going to be hungry because they faced two top notch programs in Homestead and Germantown. They are going to be hungry for us.”
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