Last-second field goal staggers Edgerton
Coach Mike Gregory has felt football playoff pain before.
“You mean compared to ’89?” Gregory said moments after his underdog Edgerton High team barely fell Tuesday night to undefeated Lakeside Lutheran in a WIAA Division 4 playoff opener.
Gregory was referring to a 36-30 loss to Milton, which scored in the last second of regulation and won in overtime en route to the 1989 Division 3 state championship.
Tuesday night’s loss might not have matched the dramatics of 18 years ago, but the disappointment was pictured on nearly every Crimson Tide player.
In a game that featured 12 touchdowns, it was a field goal that finally sent the Warriors past Edgerton, 45-42. Zach Moyle kicked the 20-yarder on the final play that devastated the Crimson Tide and sent the Warriors (10-0) into a second-round game at Brodhead-Juda (8-2) on Saturday.
This game featured more than 1,000 yards of total offense and rallies from both sides.
Lakeside jumped to a 14-0 lead, but the pass-oriented Crimson Tide used the arm of Bryan Gregory and fumbles galore from the Warriors to take a 42-21 lead with seven minutes left in the third quarter.
But just when the Crimson Tide (5-5) appeared on the verge of pushing the Warriors over the edge, Lakeside took advantage of an interception in the end zone, a missed field goal and a key personal-foul penalty to get back in the game.
Tyler Guenterberg’s 71-yard scoring run got the Warriors within two touchdowns entering the fourth quarter. Lakeside scored again on Andy Rupnow’s 5-yard run with 10:33 left in the game, and the Warriors tied it on Guenterberg’s 22-yard run with 3:44 left.
Edgerton managed one first down when it got the ball back, but ended up punting to the Warrior 38 with just over two minutes left.
Lakeside, which ran for 340 yards, then used seven running plays and one pass to move to the Edgerton 3. After a Lakeside timeout, and two by Edgerton, Moyle kicked his game-winner straight down the middle from the right hash mark.
At the end, a teary-eyed Bryan Gregory hugged his father, Edgerton coach Mike Gregory.
“I’m proud of you,” Mike said several times.
Bryan Gregory passed for three touchdowns and ran for two others in a wild first half, when Edgerton scored four touchdowns in a span of 4:41 and five touchdowns in 7:59.
That spree featured scoring passes from Gregory to Aaron Laskowski covering 16 and 36 yards and a 29-yarder to Derek Carrier. Gregory also ran for scores of 1 and 8 yards.
That flurry was set up by Lakeside fumbles on two consecutive kickoffs, which enabled Edgerton to run 12 straight plays from scrimmage and score three unanswered touchdowns.
Gregory finished 292 yards on 15-of-30 passing. Laskowski and Carrier each had seven receptions with Laskowski gaining 135 yards and Carrier 128.
Sophomore Kyle Johnson, who took over the main ball-carrying duties for senior Colin Johnson, added 206 yards rushing on 24 attempts, including a 71-yard burst to the Lakeside 9. Colin Johnson fainted during the day Tuesday and hit his head on the floor and was not even at the game.
But after Gregory threw for 215 yards in the first half, which ended with Edgerton ahead 35-21, Lakeside applied more pressure in the second half.
“They started blitzing off the edges and taking some chances,” Mike Gregory said.
“Most all of our adjustments were made to get more pressure on the quarterback,” Lakeside coach Paul Bauer said. “We knew we had to do that.”
And at the very end, it paid off.
“This one hurts because our kids absolutely played their butts off,” Mike Gregory said. “(Lakeside) is the real deal, but at least they know they were in a game.”
And then he turned and walked away.
“Shoot,” he said to nobody.
LAKESIDE 45, EDGERTON 42
Edgerton 21 14 7 0—42
Lakeside Lutheran 14 7 7 17—45
Scoring summary: LL—Andy Schmidt, 65 pass from Jared Matthies (Zach Moyle kick). LL—Rob Petry, 4 run (Moyle kick). E—Derek Carrier, 29 pass from Bryan Gregory (Cal Lindvedt kick). E—Aaron Laskowski, 16 pass from Gregory (Lindvedt kick). E—Gregory, 8 run (Lindvedt kick). E—Gregory, 1 run (Lindvedt kick). E—Laskowski, 36 pass from Gregory (Lindvedt kick). LL—Nick Cooper, 27 run (Moyle kick). E—Kyle Johnson, 15 run (Lindvedt kick). LL—Tyler Guenterberg, 71 run (Moyle kick). LL—Andy Rupnow, 5 run (Moyle kick). LL—Guenterberg, 22 run (Moyle kick). LL—FG, Moyle, 20.
Statistics: First downs—E 18, LL 23. Rushing—E 34-227, LL 50-340. Yards passing—E 292, LL 182. Passes—E 30-15-2, LL 22-11-0. Fumbles—E 3-0, LL 7-4. Penalties—E 11-103, LL 3-29.