New Holstein edges Chilton 29-28 in Friday night thriller

Chilton quarterback Alex Breckheimer barely got this pass off before New Holstein linebacker Cody Abler reached him on Friday night in Chilton.

It was another matchup of rival neighbors on Friday night as New Holstein High School’s football team traveled to Chilton, and this time the game was worthy of the long-standing series.

A failed two-point attempt by Chilton with just six seconds remaining was the difference in a 29-28 victory for New Holstein in the back-and-forth game.

Chilton had just completed an improbable 33-yard scoring pass from Alex Breckheimer to Zach Halbach to bring the Tigers to within one point. The weary CHS offense went for two points and the win, but Breckheimer’s run to the left was stopped short.

The Huskies recovered the ensuing onside kickoff and kneeled down for one play to secure the win.

Victory for New Holstein looked anything but secure early in the game as Chilton raced to a 15-0 lead, scoring on two of its first three possessions. Breckheimer got the game of big plays going by passing 48 yards to Max Mueller for a score, and then Breckheimer passed to Jerad Gehl for the two-point conversion off a fake extra point attempt.

On Chilton’s next possession, Mueller scored on a 2-yard run and Breckheimer booted the extra point for the 15-0 Tiger lead.

But New Holstein then got its own big play—the first of several in the game. On a 3rd-and-6 from its own 30-yard line, Husky quarterback Henry Schnell connected with Tyler Gebhart for a 70-yard touchdown strike. Cohen Barajas booted the extra point to cut Chilton’s lead to 15-7.

After forcing Chilton into a three-and-out, New Holstein used a 39-yard pass from Schnell to Zachary Roix to set up a 7-yard TD run by Mason Buteyn. A two-point run attempt failed but it was now a 15-13 game in favor of the Tigers.

It took CHS just two plays to strike again with Mueller breaking loose for a 67-yard scoring run and a 22-13 CHS lead.

New Holstein was stopped on its next possession but its punt rolled to the CHS 1 yard line, and two plays later the Huskies tackled the Tiger back in the end zone for a safety.

CHS held its 22-15 lead at halftime—but barely. On the last play of the half, Schnell connected with Roix on a 63-yard play but Roix was tackled at the 1 yard line as time expired in the half.

New Holstein tied the game midway through the third quarter on a 13-yard pass from Schnell to Tyler Gebhart. Those two connected again with 2:14 remaining in the game on a 30-yard scoring play to give New Holstein a 29-22 lead and set up Chilton’s last-second heroics which fell just short.

Schnell passed for 258 yards in the game, the second most in NHHS history and just two short of Don Greuel’s 260 yards in a 1976 game.

(For more on this game please see the Sept. 23 issue of the Tri-County News.)

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