The first 3-1/2 quarters of Friday’s high school football game between New Holstein and Belleville had all the looks of a season opener.
Then all heck broke loose.
Those 3-1/2 quarters netted a total of zero points between the two teams. Over the last 7:25 of the game, 39 points were put up by the two teams. The good news for the Huskies was that they had more of those points, winning the non-conference game 26-13.
New Holstein had largely shot itself in the foot over the first three quarters, being hurt by plays such as a lost fumble after a long run, a dropped interception which could have been returned for a touchdown, and a dropped pass which could have been a big play.
A 39-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Henry Schnell—who with junior Cameron Olson rotated every other play throughout the game—to junior Robert Hess in the fourth quarter set up junior Sam Cady’s 13-yard touchdown run.
With the way New Holstein’s dominating defense had played to that point, it looked as though those six points could stand up over the last 7:25.
Instead the lead lasted all of 11 seconds—the time it took Belleville’s Anthony Nolden to return the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown. The extra point put the Wildcats up 7-6, and suddenly Belleville—located southwest of Madison—had a home opener victory on its mind.
But New Holstein’s offense had finally broke loose as it scored on three consecutive possessions in the final seven minutes of the game. Kadyn Judkins put the Huskies ahead on a 57-yard touchdown run. Fullback Jacob Rach then ran 24 yards for a touchdown, with Cady adding the two-point conversion run. Cady then caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Olson to put the Huskies ahead 26-7. Belleville scored on a long pass in the final minute of the game against New Holstein’s reserves.
The Husky defense recorded seven sacks in the game leading to Belleville netting negative 22 yards rushing in the game. Sam Casper, Jon Sesing, Mitchell Diederich, and Judkins were among the Huskies leading that charge.
Judkins led the team in rushing with 134 yards on 12 carries.
(For more on this game please see the Aug. 29 issue of the Tri-County News.)