Special teams are called “special” for a reason—they often go a long way in determining the winner of a football game.
Such was the case Friday night in New Holstein as some key special teams plays contributed to a 15-14 victory for visiting Chilton.
It was the Eastern Wisconsin Conference opener for both schools but a big game right out of the gate as both schools were 2-0 in their nonconference games.

It took Chilton’s special teams all of 11 seconds to make a big impact in this one as junior Cayden Popp took the opening kickoff 81 yards for the score. Trent Breckheimer booted the extra point and the Tigers were up 7-0.
Just two possessions later, special teams scored again—but this time for New Holstein. The Huskies forced a Chilton punt attempt from deep in their own territory. A high snap forced the punter to step on the back line, giving the Huskies a safety and cutting the margin to 7-2.
A Chilton fumble late in the second quarter gave the Huskies the ball at the Tiger 5-yard line, and on a 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line New Holstein’s Sam Cady punched it in for the score. A two-point conversion run failed, but the Huskies led 8-7 at halftime.
On Chilton’s second play of the second half, the Tigers resorted to some trickery and scored on a 45-yard double pass from Kaiden Mikalowsky to Camden Bowe. Chilton converted the two-point conversion pass to take a 15-8 lead.
New Holstein countered with the game’s best drive, moving 67 yards in 12 plays to score on a 26-yard pass from Cameron Olson to Robert Hess. The extra point was low and blocked, however, leaving Chilton up 15-14.
The Huskies had a great opportunity to score late in the fourth quarter after a 42-yard pass from Olson to Cady moved the ball to the Tiger 10-yard line. Chilton’s defense stiffened, however, and a 32-yard field goal attempt by the Huskies fell short.

(For more on this game please see next week's Tri-County News.)