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Associated Press
November 19, 2010
— The reverse kickoff return is so old that Brillion coach Peter Kittel admitted he used it when he was in high school.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


Brillion captain Justin Zeamer took the end around off the second-half kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, breaking a 3-3 tie and propelling the Lions to a 31-10 victory in the WIAA Division 5 championship over Colby on Thursday.


Trevor Krizenesky took the kickoff on a bounce, flipped to Zeamer at midfield and watched the senior race untouched down the sideline.


“It’s one of those things we run,” Kittel said. “We call it the ’road map return.’ The kids executed it very well and it was a huge start to the second half.”


The return helped Brillion (14-0), and senior quarterback Will Jensen, find its niche.


Jensen completed 6 of 8 passes for 121 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Mathiebe two drives later to boost the lead to 17-3.


The Hornets (13-1) tried to rally, answering with Zach Peissig 1-yard run on the ensuing drive, but Brillion continued to find gaps in a Colby defense that had allowed only 67 combined points (5.2 per game) through the season.


The result was Jensen capping a methodical 13-play, 69-yard drive with a 1-yard rush. The drive milked 6:49 off the game clock and re-established the two touchdown advantage.


BRILLION 31, COLBY 10

TEAM STATISTICS


Bri Col


First downs 14 13


Rushing-yards 42-138 37-89


Yards passing 121 102


Passes 6-8-0 10-17-0


Punts-avg. 4-46.2 5-35.2


Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-0


Penalties-yards 2-20 3-25


Time of poss. 22:19 25:41


SCORING SUMAMRY


Brillion 0 3 14 14—31


Colby 3 0 0 7—10


First Quarter


C—FG, Krebsbach, 31, 11:02.


Second Quarter


B—FG, Van Druten, 33, :01.


Third Quarter


B—Zeamer, 80 kickoff return (Van Druten kick), 11:53. B—Mathiebe, 43 pass from Jensen (Van Druten kick), 3:16.


Fourth Quarter


C—Peissig, 1 run (Kresbach kick), 10:28. B—Jensen, 1 run (Van Druten kick), 3:40. B—Kruger, 21 pass from Jensen (Van Druten kick), 1:40.


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS


RUSHING—Brillion: Pribbernow 11-41, Zeamer 8-40, Behnke 11-27, Krizenesky 4-20, Jensen 4-9, Van Thiel 2-3, Kittel 2/-2. Colby: Peissig 10-41, Loertscher 9-32, Wussow 7-22, Meyer 1-3, Cliver 2-0, Koermer 8/-9.


PASSING—Brillion: Jensen 6-8-0-121. Colby: Koerner 10-17-102.


RECEIVING—Brillion: Kruger 2-43, Krizenesky 2-26, Mathiebe 1-43, Pribbernow 1-9. Colby: Rahm 5-51, J. Meyer 3-29, R. Meyer 1-18, Wussow 1-4.


Division 6

-- Edgar 6, Fond du Lac Springs 3—Kyle Schueller scored the game’s only touchdown in the first quarter as Edgar won a defensive slugfest to win the WIAA Division 6 championship.


Edgar (14-0) finished its title defense by holding 11 of its 14 opponents under seven points, only giving the Ledgers (12-2) a 34-yard field goal by Brad Freiherr as time expired in the first half.


EDGAR 6, SPRINGS 3

TEAM STATISTICS


Edg FS


First downs 13 12


Rushing-yards 49-212 37-136


Yards passing 17 56


Passes 4-7-0 8-15-1


Punts-avg. 5-30.4 6-29.7


Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-0


Penalties-yards 4-45 6-45


Time of poss. 24:04 23:56


SCORING SUMMARY


Edgar 6 0 0 0— 6


Fond du Lac Springs 0 3 0 0—3


First Quarter


E—Schueller, 4 run (run failed), 5:27.


Second Quarter


FS—FG, Freiherr, 34, 00:00..


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS


RUSHING—Edgar: Skrzypchak 26-117, R. Lehman 10-42, Schueller 8-38, Heidmann 2-11, Karlen 1-6, D. Lehman 2/-2. Springs: Schultz 22-100, Grebe 8-30, Henderson 6-5, Herron 1-1.


PASSING—Edgar: D. Lehman 4-7-0-17. Springs: Henderson 8-15-1-56.


RECEIVING—Edgar: R. Lehman 1-10, Skrzypchak 1-4, Karlen 1-3, Heidmann 1-0. Springs: Good 4-29, Feldner 2-19, Steffes 1-8, Schultz 1-0.


Division 7

-- Gilman 42, Catholic Central 13—Cody Rosemeyer ran for 218 yards and four touchdowns, leading Gilman over Burlington Catholic Central to win the WIAA Division 7 championship.


The Pirates (13-1) won their third state title by using Rosemeyer and Austin Zach early and often to build a 35-0 lead over the two-time defending Division 7 champions. Zach finished with 181 yards on 15 carries, including a 56-yard TD run on Gilman’s first drive.


GILMAN 42, CENTRAL 13

TEAM STATISTICS


BC Gil


First downs 10 15


Rushing-yards 30-99 45-430


Yards passing 109 8


Passes 7-10-1 2-5-1


Punts-avg. 4-38.2 3-22.3


Fumbles-lost 4-3 0-0


Penalties-yards 0-0 1-5


Time of poss. 22:40 25:20


SCORING SUMMARY


Burlington Central 0 0 0 13—13


Gilman 13 8 6 15—42


First Quarter


G—Zach, 56 run (Seng kick), 8:06. G—Rosemeyer, 70 run (kick failed), 6:52.


Second Quarter


G—Rosemeyer, 2 run (Rosemeyer run), 9:33.


Third Quarter


G—Szemraj, 38 run (kick failed), 7:03.


Fourth Quarter


G—Rosemeyer, 24 run (Rosemeyer run), 11:02. BC—Aldrich, 42 pass from Morrow (Walkington kick). G—Rosemeyer, 2 run (Seng kick). BC—Meinholz, 7 run.


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS


RUSHING—Central: Meinholz 3-35, Floyd 5-20, Williamson 10-19, Morrow 10-19, Walkington 1-3, Team 1/-13, Wadsworth 0-16. Gilman: Rosemeyer 23-218, Zach 15-181, Szemraj 6-30, Kulesa 1-1.


PASSING—Central: Morrow 7-10-109, Szemraj 2-5-1-8.


RECEIVING—Central: Alderman 4-60, Aldrich 1-42, Walkington 1-9, Roibers 1/-2. Gilman: Rosemeyer 2-8.



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