Offensive fumble recovery for TD gives Chilton 7-6 playoff victory

Zac Halbach (4), shown in a game earlier this season, scored the only touchdown Chilton needed in Friday night's playoff game after scooping up a fumble.

An odd play gave Chilton its only touchdown in Friday night’s WIAA playoff football game, but that was all the Tigers needed in a 7-6 win over host Clintonville.

Trailing 6-0 in the second quarter, Chilton quarterback Max Mueller ran left and disappeared into a pile of players. Suddenly the ball squirted out backwards, Zac Halbach picked it up and ran 14 yards around the pile for a touchdown. Ahmed Ahmed booted the extra point to give Chilton a 7-6 lead, and neither team scored after that.

Clintonville scored on its first possession of the game, driving 51 yards in five plays with the last 45 of those yards coming on two passes. The Truckers scored on a 10-yard pass but then went for the two-point conversion and that pass failed.

Chilton moved the ball at times in the first half but did not threaten the end zone on its first three possessions. The Tigers also survived getting a punt blocked in the second quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, a 29-yard run by Jared Gehl pushed the ball to the Clintonville 18-yard line, and two plays later the Tigers got their touchdown.

Clintonville got as close as the Tiger 19-yard line late in the first half, but a bad snap lost it 17 yards and a Tiger sack on the next play pushed the Truckers back another 9 yards.

The second half was more of the same with both teams putting some first downs together but never able to cross the goal line.

Chilton now advances to Level Two in the Division 5 playoffs.

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