Raiders hold off Tigers’ late charge

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

JUSTIN BERTRAM, Kiel running back, busts free for a long gain against the Howards Grove defense, including Austin Edge (4), in Friday’s football game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley JUSTIN BERTRAM, Kiel running back, busts free for a long gain against the Howards Grove defense, including Austin Edge (4), in Friday’s football game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – Justin Bertram’s strong running and Kiel’s crucial defensive stops lifted the Raiders over the Howards Grove Tigers, 14-7, in a nonconference football game here Friday night.

The game was sloppy at times with numerous penalties and missed scoring opportunities by both teams but it was also a hardfought contest which wasn’t decided until the waning minutes. Kiel sealed the win when Bertram ripped off a 14-yard run which gave his team a first down with less than two minutes left and then the Raiders ran out the clock.

Prior to the Raiders’ final possession, the Tigers were stopped just shy of a first down when quarterback Austin Edge was stuffed at the line of scrimmage on a keeper up the middle at his 44-yard line. The Tigers nearly overcame a critical 10-yard holding penalty which had backed them up to their 15 after starting at the Howards 35.

Edge rifled a 24-yard pass to wide receiver Zach Fritz on a third-and-25 play, moving the ball to the Tiger 44 and inches short of a first down. Edge followed with his run from the shotgun formation.

The victory was the first for Mike Dressler as the Raiders’ new head coach. Dressler, who has coached high school football for about 40 years, is a member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and has had successful stints at Milwaukee Hamilton, Wausau West and Fond du Lac.

“It’s great [to get my first win at Kiel]. I’ve been doing this [coaching] for 40 years. It was nice to get a win,” said Dressler whose team evened its record at 1-1.

“I would rather win ugly than lose looking good. I’m happy for the kids because they have worked hard.

“They’re a good football team. We knew that what happened last week at Shiocton [Tigers lost to Shiocton in their opener, 58-0] wasn’t a reflection of their kids’ heart and desire to win,” Dressler said.

“Our kids have really big hearts this year,” said Tiger head coach David Schmid. “We don’t have a lot of numbers and we’re young. We only suited up one senior [Edge] tonight and he played his tail off at quarterback.

“We’re going to make mistakes because we’re so young but we’ll never give up,” Schmid said.

Bertram, a junior running back, pounded for 143 yards on 27 carries. Raider sophomore quarterback Nicholas Walsh threw a pair of touchdown passes.

The Raider defense held the Tigers (0-2 this season) to only 41 yards on 28 attempts. Kiel’s defense was led by senior defensive end Jacob Winkel who pressured Edge on several passes and had one sack along with several other tackles for losses.

“‘Bert’ [Bertram] did a good job. He has come a long way. The people up front blocked real well. It’s a new offense and we just have to get more consistent,” Dressler said.

“We overcame some adversity. We had a lot of injuries and a lot of younger kids stepped up and played pretty hard..

“Jacob played a great game. A lot of people contributed on defense,” said the Raider coach.

“We made a lot of foolish mistakes and we’ll work at it.”

The Raiders grabbed a 7-0 lead on Walsh’s 7-yard TD pass to an open tight end Winkel over the middle with 16 seconds left in the first quarter. The scoring drive was kept alive when Howards was penalized 15 yards for having too many players on the field during a Kiel punt from its 34. The penalty gave the Raiders a first down at their 49.

On the next play, Bertram rumbled 34 yards to the the Tiger 17 which set up the TD.

A blocked punt by Bryce Gannigan late in the second period led to the Raiders’ second TD which gave them a 14-0 halftime lead. Kiel’s Adam Hecker recovered the blocked punt at Howards’ 15. One play later, Walsh hit running back Tanner Woepse for a 15-yard score after scrambling from the pocket and rolling left.

The Tigers took the ensuing kickoff and with the help of two Kiel penalties moved the ball from its 46 to the Raider 10. On fourth and 6, Edge’s pass was broken up by defensive back Jesus Sandoval and Kiel took over on downs with a few seconds remaining until halftime.

Howards missed another scoring opportunity in the opening half when Ethan Brinkman’s 37-yard field-goal try was blocked by Gannigan midway through the second quarter.

The Tigers cut the deficit to 14-7 when Edge zipped a 5-yard TD pass to wideout Brinkman over the middle with 5:31 remaining in the game. The scoring series came after Tiger linebacker Brad Olson recovered a Raider fumble at his 35. The key play in the drive was a 24-yard strike from Edge to wideout Zach Fritz to the Raider 8.

Edge had a solid game passing as he completed 16 of 35 passes for 176 yards.

“Kiel is pretty tough. They have some big D [defensive] linemen and we were outmatched on the offensive line,” Schmid said.

“We had trouble running but we threw the ball well. We asked our offensive line to pass block a lot and they did a very nice job. Our receivers made some tough catches.

“Our defense played well. They were flying around,” added the Tiger coach.



Kiel HG
First downs…………...….11 13
Rushing Yards….……...146 41
Passing Yrds...................66 176
Comp-Att-Int………...7-22-0 16-35-0
Penalties-Yards.........18-145 8-75
Punts-Averages............8-28 8-25
Fumbles-Lost……….…..3-3 1-1
Score by Quarters
Kiel – Jacob Winkel 7 pass from
Nicholas Walsh (Brandon Zamora-
Herrera kick)
Kiel – Tanner Woepse 15 pass from
Walsh (Zamora-Herrera kick)
HG – Ethan Brinkman 5 pass from
Austin Edge (Brinkman kick)
Rushing – Kiel, Justin Bertram 27-
143. Howards Grove, Quentin Zettler
12-11, Austin Edge 15-31.
Passing – Kiel, Nicholas Walsh
7-22-0-66. Howards Grove, Edge 16-
Receiving – Kiel, Jacob Winkel
2-22, Jesus Sandoval 3-29, Adam
Hecker 1-12. Howards Grove, Zach
Fritz 6-79, Ethan Brinkman 4-36, Jonah
Gerber 3-26.

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