Kiel's Michael Endries rushes for a short gain. Endries had touchdown runs of 35 and 30 yards in the Raiders' 40-26 win at Chilton
Kiel's Michael Endries rushes for a short gain. Endries had touchdown runs of 35 and 30 yards in the Raiders' 40-26 win at Chilton

It was a fun night at Morrissey Field if you like a lot of offense in a football game. If you’re a fan of Kiel, you had more fun.
In a see-saw affair the Raiders outscored Chilton, 40-26, in a wild Eastern Wisconsin Conference opener as Kiel moved to 3-0 overall. It was the first loss for the 2-1 Tigers.

The game was in doubt until Kiel sophomore Jason Klauck, with the Raiders clinging to a 33-26 lead, stripped Chilton quarterback Jake Criter of the football and rambled 20 yards for a touchdown with 15 seconds left for the final score.

Tigers lead stats

Chilton outgained Kiel 380 yards to 255 and had 19 first downs to 13 for the Raiders.
Seeing his first action of the season, Kiel junior quarterback Mitch Mahler engineered a 12-play, 70-yard drive that ended when Mahler scored from two yards out. Connor Voelker’s PAT kick made it 7-0.
The Tigers answered right back.
A holding penalty on the ensuing kickoff return put the Tigers’ backs to the wall having to start their drive from their own nine yard line. As the game moved to the second quarter, quarterback Jake Criter hit Gavin Lisowe on a 71-yard scoring strike. But the PAT kick was blocked and Chilton still trailed 7-6. Brian Barrette had a reply for that returning the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a 14-6 Kiel lead. Sean Meyer caught a nine-yard pass from Criter just before halftime to make it a 14-12 game.

Second half
On Chilton’s first possession of the second half, a Lisowe to Kaiden Mikalowsky reception on a halfback option pass for 28 yards set up Auggy Diaz’s five-yard scoring plunge to give CHS their first lead in a see-saw second half. A Raider 30-yard run by Mike Endries put Kiel back in front and a Lisowe 51 yard scamper for another score put the hosts back in front 26-21 with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
Endries gave the Raiders the lead for good braking a pair of tackle attempts to score from 35 yards out four minutes into the fourth quarter. Mahler’s second TD of the game made it 33-26 before Klauck’s big defensive play.
Kiel coach Mike Dressler remembers all too well what happened the last time his Raider team visited Morrissey Field two years ago. A Chilton 29-7 victory.
“I was very concerned about tonight, especially thinking back two years ago,” said Dressler.
“Criter is a very good quarterback and we did not have a good pass rush on him in the first half and Criter made us pay for it.”
As far as the offense goes, Dressler summized, “We have two very good qb’s. We gave Mitch Mahler the start tonight and he looked very good. He went down and Connor Voelker came in during a tough situation and continued his solid play. Then Michael Endries had the two big runs for us and Brian Barrette with the kick return. Huge win against a very good team.”
Chilton played without veteran lineman Mathias Beyer due to illness and coach Mike Arendt said his team didn’t lay down.
“Not having Mathias was huge a loss for us. Kiel capitalized on a few things and we as a coaching staff have to do a better job in those situations. I felt more for Mathias. He’s a senior and you don’t have that many chances left. We love him and we missed tonight. Now we have another unbeaten coming in here next week to get ready for.”
Chilton hosts 3-0 New Holstein Friday at 7 and Kiel plays on the new field turf at Manitowoc’s Municipal Field again Manitowoc Roncalli.