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Football

First half for OHS a little better than KM's second

Photo by: Scott Ash

Oconomowoc head football coach Ryan McMillen said just getting through the first week of the season is a chore in itself. By halftime on Aug. 24 at Kettle Moraine, you wouldn't have thought his beliefs were accurate. But then it got interesting.

The Raccoons dominated the first half of play against host Kettle Moraine at Greg Vock Field, building up an impressive 30-0 lead. But the next 30 minutes proved to be a struggle, though Oconomowoc ultimately survived for a 30-20 victory.

"Tonight we got through it," McMillen said. "This wasn't pretty by any means, and we're all going to be held accountable for it. But we were able to get out of here with a win."

Kettle Moraine got a 67-yard touchdown run with 3:10 remaining from senior quarterback Josh Williams, who was the choice of the Kettle Moraine coaching staff after the halftime break. Junior Mitch Pfeifer started on Friday at the position.

After the score by Williams cut the Oconomowoc lead to 10 points, Kettle Moraine attempted the two-point conversion that fell short with an incomplete pass.

The Lasers got their second touchdown of the second half on a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior defensive back Ryan Vinhal.

Williams got Kettle Moraine its first points of the season at the 9:47 mark of the third quarter on a 21-yard run.

"I'm not a believer in moral victories," said first-year coach Dave Pfeiffer, who served as defensive coordinator on last year's WIAA Division 1 state champion Arrowhead squad. "We played like an immature team in the first half. But I'm very encouraged by how we reacted to adversity in the second half."

Oconomowoc went ahead 24-0 with 3:13 to play in the first half after senior quarterback Canton Larson connected on a 28-yard touchdown to senior receiver Nate Nord.

Larson had an 11-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter.

Another highlight for Oconomowoc came on a blocked punt by senior Logan Ballering. Senior Jack Bourdo picked up the loose ball and ran it in for the touchdown late in the second quarter.

"We've got a lot to fix, but I'm encouraged by our demeanor in the second half," Pfeiffer said.

The second effort by the Lasers impressed McMillen.

"All I can say is I tip my hat to Kettle Moraine," McMillen said. "Their program is going to be just fine."

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