It was a classic rivalry game between neighbors Friday night in Chilton with New Holstein’s 28-21 victory over the Tigers not getting wrapped up until the final minutes.
It was a game of big plays, key mistakes, controversial calls, and more, but in the end New Holstein raised its overall record to 4-0 (2-0 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference) while Chilton fell to 2-2 (0-2).
Much of the game was a defensive battle even though the Huskies were able to put together a 12-play, 53-yard scoring drive on the game’s first possession. A 32-yard kickoff return by Kadyn Judkins provided good field position, and a 28-yard pass from Teddy Schnell to Collin Hau on a 4th-and-7 play set up a 2-yard scoring run by Tyler McCoy. A kick by Brad Schroeder—who was 4-for-4 on extra points in the game—put New Holstein up 7-0.
Chilton wasted no time in responding, putting together a 12-play, 59-yard scoring drive which was kept alive on a 4th-and-14 pass interference call on New Holstein in the back of the end zone. Tiger quarterback Jake Criter bolted up the middle on a 10-yard scoring run, and Gaven Lisowe’s extra point (he was 3-for-3 in the game) tied the score.
It remained that way until late in the first half when an interception by Husky sophomore Robert Hess started a five-play, 50-yard scoring drive. A 29-yard pass from Schnell to Schroeder was the key play on the drive, with McCoy capping it with a 3-yard TD run.
After a scoreless third quarter, New Holstein finished off a 17-play, 56-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring run by Schnell. That helped give the Huskies a 21-7 lead with 8:41 remaining, and it looked like a win might be secured.
Chilton’s Cayden Popp had other plans.
On the ensuing kickoff, he took the ball on the 9-yard line, built up a head of steam to the right side and broke through for a 91-yard TD return to help cut the gap to 21-14.
Minutes later, New Holstein benefitted from its own special teams play. The Huskies were forced to punt, but the Tigers muffed the punt with the ball rolling into the end zone where Hau fell on it. After a brief discussion, the officials signalled touchdown and New Holstein was back on top 28-14 with 5:53 remaining.
The score still was not safe for the Huskies as Chilton drove 64 yards in 12 plays with Criter covering the last three for the touchdown. The drive was kept alive when Chilton had apparently fumbled the ball away, only to have the officials reverse their call and give the ball back to the Tigers.
Making matters worse for New Holstein, the Tigers recovered the ensuing onside kick. But the Husky defense held, and when a 4th-and-4 pass fell incomplete the Huskies only had to run a few plays to run out the clock and finally wrap up the win.