Storm's brief surge ends football season for Kiel Raiders

Kiel quarterback Connor Faust broke into the clear for a gain late in Friday's playoff game at Kewaunee.

Sometimes storms don’t have to last long to cause a lot of damage.

The Kewaunee Storm did the vast majority of its damage against the Kiel High School football team during just an eight-minute span of the second quarter on Friday, Oct. 28 to post a 27-13 win and end the Raiders’ season.

As a matter of fact, take away those eight minutes and Kiel outscored Kewaunee 13-6.

But you can’t take away those eight minutes.

Trailing only 3-0 in the second quarter, Kiel had to punt from its own end zone and Kewaunee took possession at the Raider 28-yard line. The Storm moved to the 1-yard line on fourth down and punched the ball in for the game’s first touchdown and a 10-0 lead.

That seemed to open the floodgates long enough for the Storm to score two more touchdowns before halftime and take a 24-0 lead into intermission. One of those scores was set up by a Storm interception on a Kiel pass batted into the air at the line of scrimmage.

The Raiders dodged a couple scoring threats in the first quarter. On the game’s opening possession, Kewaunee got as close as the Raider 4-yard line but settled for a 26-yard field goal. On its next possession the Storm got to Kiel’s 2-yard line before Raider Trey Barts intercepted a pass in the end zone to end the threat.

Kiel fought hard in the second half, holding Kewaunee to only a late field goal in the fourth quarter. The Raiders, meanwhile, gave their fans something to cheer about in the fourth quarter as quarterback Connor Faust hit Charles Freis on a 61-yard bomb down the sideline for a touchdown.

Later in the final quarter, that same duo teamed up for a 5-yard scoring pass. Tate Hartlaub’s extra point closed the gap to 27-13 with less than a minute to go. Kiel tried and recovered an onside kick and took a few shots at trying to making it a one-possession game before the final seconds ticked away.

(For more on this game please see the Nov. 3 issue of the Tri-County News.)

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