Prep football playoffs: Northwestern ousted in semifinalsSCHOFIELD, Wis. — Quarterback Doug Delebreau threw three touchdown passes, including one that tied the game near the end of the first half and another for the go-ahead score in the third quarter, as Kewaunee ended Northwestern’s unbeaten season with a 35-20 victory in a Wisconsin Division 4 high school football semifinal Saturday at D.C. Everest High School.
SCHOFIELD, Wis. — Quarterback Doug Delebreau threw three touchdown passes, including one that tied the game near the end of the first half and another for the go-ahead score in the third quarter, as Kewaunee ended Northwestern’s unbeaten season with a 35-20 victory in a Wisconsin Division 4 high school football semifinal Saturday at D.C. Everest High School.
Delebreau tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Mike Lux with 1:15 left in the half, tying the game at 20, then teamed with Lux again in the final minute of the third quarter for a 27-20 lead.
Delebreau completed 7 of 12 passes for 71 yards and now has 29 touchdown passes this season, 16 to Lux.
Kewaunee (13-0) advances to play Big Foot, a 27-21 winner over Lodi, in Thursday’s 7 p.m. championship game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Northwestern finished 12-1, just two years removed from back-to-back 1-8 seasons.
“We had a fantastic year,” Tigers coach Dennis Scherz said. “From where we came from over the past three years to where we are now is unbelievable. I see us returning again next year.
“People don’t realize how hard it is to get this far … it takes great dedication and effort and that’s what the kids gave us.”
Lee Brown’s interception set up Ryan Miesbauer’s 3-yard touchdown to open the scoring for Northwestern. Miesbauer led the Tigers with 98 yards on 15 carries, pushing him well over the 1,400-yard barrier this season.
After the Indians equalized on a Brent Reimer 1-yard plunge, Kasey Leggate gave the Tigers the lead back on his own 1-yard touchdown.
Delebreau’s 11-yard scoring pass to Tanner Ledvina tied the game at 14, before the Tigers took their final lead on T.J. Polkoski’s short run. Kewaunee needed 80 seconds to tie again on the first Delebreau-to-Lux connection.
Northwestern’s Kevin Derick, who also rushed for more than 1,400 yards this season, added 63 on eight attempts before suffering a sprained ankle in the third quarter.
“We lost a lot of speed, and that certainly hurt us, but that’s no excuse,” Scherz said. “They were just better than us tonight.”
Craig Christman rushed for 165 of the Indians’ 365 total yards. Kewaunee dominated possession time in the second half, limiting the Tigers to three drives and 41 yards.
“They were tough and we couldn’t come up with a stop when we needed it,” senior Donnie Hissa said. “This is a great bunch of guys, and we had a heck of a season.”
The Superior Telegram contributed to this story.
NW — Ryan Miesbauer 3 run (Eray Meral kick)
K — Brent Reimer 1 run (Mike Lux kick)
NW — Kasey Leggate 1 run (Meral kick)
K — Tanner Ledvina 11 pass from Doug Delebreau (Lux kick)
NW — T.J. Polkoski 3 run (kick blocked)
K — Lux 15 pass from Delebreau (kick failed)
K — Lux 3 pass from Delebreau (Craig Christman run)
K — Alex Schleis 1 run (Lux kick)
RUSHING: NW, Ryan Miesbauer 15-98, Kevin Derick 8-63, T.J. Polkoski 10-32, Kasey Leggate 7-28. K, Craig Christman 15-165, Jerry Charles 12-73, Alex Schleis 12-55.
PASSING: NW, Steven Perry 1-4-0, 2 yards. K, Doug Delebreau 7-12-1, 71 yards.
RECEIVING: Mike Lux 4-48.