Week 6 of the 2020 season of Heiser Automotive Group Thursday Night Lights presented by Landmark Credit Union saw the season finale feature a Classic Eight Conference clash between the Arrowhead Warhawks and the Kettle Moraine Lasers on Thursday, October 29th. After an offseason of COVID-induced delays and uncertainty for all, the My24 Sports Team is thrilled to have been able to be back in the community to showcase our communities' schools and students with our 10th Anniversary season of high school football action.
A special thank you goes out to all of the schools and great community-minded sponsors who worked with our team to make the broadcasts a reality each and every week. The condensed 2020 season featured a number of special Friday editions of Heiser Auto TNL in order to accommodate everyone's already strained scheduling needs. We were overjoyed to be able to make the adjustments and take the necessary safety precautions to bring these games into the area's homes, especially at a time where in stadium attendance is so limited for the safety of all.
Our season finale contest started as it ended: with solid defensive showings that held the mostly flailing, turnover prone offensive efforts from both teams in check. Arrowhead started with the night's first possession that began a trio of three-and-out series in the opening minutes. Kettle Moraine showed the first signs of life on their second position, when Running Back Connor King broke a 43-yard scamper to the Warhawks' 11 yard-line. The offense couldn't muster more from the possession, however, as a 43-yard field goal attempt by Chase Matyszcyk missed low after an intentional grounding penalty halted the Lasers' drive.
After the miss, Arrowhead pulled together a 80-yard scoring drive on their third possession of the night. The Warhawks moved the chains with conversions to Wide Receivers Alijah Maher-Parr and Dominic Burclaw, followed by a 3rd down conversion on a scramble by Quarterback Max Bredeson that ended in disaster as he was injured on the sidelines at the conclusion of the play, ending his night. Sophomore back-up Charles Smith stepped into the game and connected with Brady Russ on a 35-yard touchdown strike. Tyler Bittman converted the point-after to give Arrowhead an early 7-0 lead.
Kettle Moraine failed to answer with a quick three-and-out series, but the defense gave them new life to start the second quarter when a hit by Defensive Back Payton Schopf caused a Warhawk fumble and recovery for the Lasers near midfield. A sack by the Warhawks' Alec Swinehart on 3 & 10 forced the Lasers to punt, but Burclaw mishandled the ball after signaling for a fair catch, and Kettle Moraine's John Heck recovered to return possession to the Lasers deep in Arrowhead territory. The drive stalled yet again after a bad snap on 3rd & goal, forcing Kettle Moraine to settle for a 32-yard field goal from Matyszcyk to put them on the board, trailing 7-3. The Lasers had a shot at taking the lead moments later after DB Jackson Holzhauer recovered another Arrowhead fumble, but an incompletion in the end zone on 4th & 2 returned the ball to the Warhawks midway through the quarter.
Despite multiple self-inflicted penalties making it harder on themselves, Arrowhead's offense rode a 57-yard pass from Smith to Russ, and a 30-yard touchdown run by Jordan Reneau to their second score of the night. Bittman missed the point-after to make it a 13-3 affair. A low block on the ensuing kick-off pinned the Lasers deep to start their series, and Quarterback Chase Spellman, pursued by Warhawk defenders in the end zone on third down, threw a pass that was tipped to Arrowhead's Sam Kredell, setting the 'Hawks up at the Kettle Moraine 15 yard-line. Arrowhead wasted no time capitalizing on the miscue, as Smith found Burclaw for a 15-yard touchdown, and kick holder Owen Arnett made a heads up scramble into the end zone after a bad snap to secure a 2-point conversion and 21-3 lead.
In the closing minutes of the half, Kettle Moraine's offense failed to find an answer and punted, only to reclaim possession with another defensive takeaway. Linebacker David Trafton's interception stopped a promising Arrowhead drive, but the Lasers again showed nothing for it and went into the half down by 18.
During the Cousins Subs Halftime show, Bubon Orthodontics put a spotlight on an elite student athlete achieving accolades both in the classroom and on the field of play. The resume of Kettle Moraine's Luke Ishag puts him in the running as the week's nominee to earn a share of $5,000 in scholarship money at the end of the season, courtesy of Bubon Orthodontics.
A quiet second half saw more sloppy offensive play as neither team protected the football well. Kettle Moraine's defense kept them in the game, supplying additional interceptions by John Heck in the third and Mason Reynolds on a 3rd & goal play for the Warhawks in the fourth, but the Lasers just couldn't find a rhythm and sustain a drive thanks to errant passes and penalties. Arrowhead's Owen Arnett had his own interception to end a Kettle Moraine drive in the fourth, helping to cement their fate as neither team added points in the second half. FINAL SCORE: Arrowhead Warhawks 21 - Kettle Moraine Lasers 3
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