Placed in a challenging “strong team” regional? Paired up against an undefeated team? Playing without six starters—including a quarterback—out because of COVID-19 contact tracing?
No problem for the New Holstein High School football team.
The Huskies traveled to Fall River on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 14) to take on unbeaten Marshall—well, make that once-beaten Marshall after New Holstein walked away with a 20-8 victory.
The Huskies never trailed in the game, scoring on the game’s first possession, building a 14-0 halftime lead, then holding off the Cardinals through a tense second half.
A stiff, cold wind and occasional rain made passing the ball difficult, but these two teams are built for the run anyway.
Marshall tried an onside kick to start the game but it failed, and the Huskies ran 10 consecutive times with Michael Volz taking the last carry over the goal line from three yards out. Faton Azemi booted the extra point and the Huskies led 7-0.
New Holstein’s defense, meanwhile, held Marshall without a first down in the first quarter. An interception by Henry Schnell and a fumble recovery by Josh Rach stopped Marshall drives in the first half.
New Holstein went on another 11-play scoring drive in the second quarter, this one capped by a 7-yard TD pass from Schnell to Adam Casper.
Marshall showed its own grueling ground game to open the second half, marching 74 yards in 16 plays—one of those a fake punt run for a first down—to score. A two-point conversion cut the Husky lead to 14-8.
Marshall then tried another onside kick, and this one worked—leaving the Huskies without a single play from scrimmage in the third quarter.
On a 4th-and-3 early in the fourth quarter at New Holstein’s 22-yard line, Marshall tried an option which the Huskies defended well. A bad pitch on the play was recovered by New Holstein’s Sam Cady with 8:59 left in the game.
On the field for the first time in the second half, the Husky offense went to work. After seven rushes netted two first downs, Schnell bolted up the middle and then outside on his way to a 40-yard scoring run and a 20-8 New Holstein lead.
Volz made a diving interception on Marshall’s next possession, and the Huskies ran off enough clock to effectively seal the victory.
(For more on this game please see the Nov. 19 issue of the Tri-County News.)