Imagine if the Green Bay Packers showed up in Indianapolis this weekend without any quarterbacks—no Aaron Rodgers, no Tim Boyle, not even Jordan Love.
That was the position the New Holstein Huskies found themselves in Friday night (Nov. 20) as all the quarterbacks in the program were in quarantine because of COVID-19.
The Huskies battled a powerful Watertown Luther Prep squad but fell 21-0 in Watertown.
With varsity quarterbacks Cameron Olson and Henry Schnell and JV quarterback Sean Floyd all sidelined, Offensive Coordinator Jim Augustine had to get imaginative in his offensive scheme and New Holstein pretty much went to a wildcat formation with running backs Michael Volz and Sam Cady receiving the bulk of the snaps.
The Huskies had mixed success, but the absence of their veteran signal callers was noticeable.
After forcing a three-and-out on the NH’s opening two possessions, Prep got on the board with as quarterback Elijah Shevey hit tailback Jon Holtz coming out of the backfield for a 50 yard TD pass.
Following a third three-and-out, the Phoenix extended their lead as Holtz bolted 53 yards to make it 14-0 late in the first quarter.
Defense forces turnovers
New Holstein picked up their initial first down on a Volz run as the first quarter ended and a Cody Abler 12 yard run midway through the second quarter gave NH possession in Prep territory for the first time.
Finding the end zone would be too tough.
Meanwhile, the Husky defense came through forcing three Phoenix turnovers as Abler and Cady recovered fumbles and Robert Hess picked off a Prep pass.
Husky coach Matt Rupp was very pleased with the effort of his team saying, “Offensively, it was tough. That is a very good defense that Luther Prep has and we were pretty limited. I’m not unhappy at all.”
The Huskies were limited to 104 yards of total offense while the Phoenix, winners of six in a row, had 312. Cady had 44 yards rushing and Volz 43. The lone pass reception was by Tyler Gebhart.
Rupp added, “Saying good bye to these seniors and what they’ve been through this season was tough. That last post game talk is always the toughest.”
The NH seniors include Cady, Volz, Olson, Hess, Josh Rach, Xavier Schroeder, Faton Azemi, Blake Mirsberger, Caden Schrage, William Meinert, Eli Lefeber, Josiah Grundl, Sam Casper and Adam Casper.
New Holstein was 6-3 this season.