A number-four seed playing a number-five seed should be a close game, and that was the case Friday night in New Holstein as the host Huskies edged Laconia 28-20.
A 41-yard touchdown run by Kadyn Judkins put the Huskies on the scoreboard late in the first quarter, with Nick Reedy booting the first of four extra points on the night.


On New Holstein’s next possession, a 61-yard pass from Cameron Olson to Sam Cady set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Jacob Rach to put the Huskies up 14-0.
New Holstein held the Spartans to three-and-outs on their first three possessions, but in the second quarter Laconia got things going. It scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes of the half but missed an extra point and a two-point conversion to trail 14-12.
A big moment in the game came in the final minute of the first half when New Holstein put together a 57-yard scoring drive in just 54 seconds. A 24-yard run by Michael Volz and a 19-yard pass from Olson to Rach put New Holstein in position to score on a 14-yard pass from Olson to Robert Hess with just 13 seconds left in the half. That put New Holstein on top 21-12 at halftime.
But the game was still far from decided as Laconia put together a scoring drive to start the second half and cut the margin to 21-20.
From that point on, however, the New Holstein defense yielded just one first down and got interceptions from Owen Heus and Hess in the fourth quarter to help seal the win. Rach had a 15-yard TD run in the final minute to account for the final score.
New Holstein travels to Amherst next Friday to take on the number-one seed which has ended Husky seasons twice in recent years.
(For more on this game please see the Oct. 31 Tri-County News.)