Warhawks get elusive first win
Manawa drops final game at home
By Greg Seubert
A conference championship or a spot in the WIAA playoffs weren’t on the line as the Weyauwega-Fremont and Manawa football teams took the field Oct. 15 in Manawa.
A chance to end the season on a positive note was, however.
After forfeiting a pair of Central Wisconsin Conference-Large games to Shiocton and Amherst during the season and coming up short in its other six games, Weyauwega-Fremont was looking for its first win and that’s exactly what the Warhawks got with a 21-14 decision over the Wolves.
Manawa took its only lead with 6:59 left in the first half on Grant Bristol’s 8-yard run. The Warhawks headed into halftime tied at 7-7 after Kameron Zielke and Brayden Arndt hooked up for a 38-yard touchdown pass with 2:54 remaining in the half.
The Warhawks added to its lead with 6:34 to go in the third quarter on Parker Groskreutz’s 5-yard run.
Both teams found the end zone once in the fourth quarter. Zielke added to the Warhawks’ lead with a 1-yard quarterback keeper 10 seconds into the quarter before Tanner Nienhaus found Conner Scheid for a 15-yard pass with 7:04 remaining in the game.
The Wolves outgained the Warhawks 290-265. Manawa had a 181-133 advantage on the ground, while Weyauwega-Fremont outgained the home team 132-109 through the air.
Nienhaus led all rushers with 109 yards and also completed 14 of 19 passes. Groskreutz had 80 rushing yards to lead the Warhawks and also caught six passes for a team-high 58 yards.
Manawa ended its season with a 2-7 record. The Wolves had originally scheduled an extra game with Omro that was to be played Thursday, Oct. 21, in Manawa, but that game has been canceled.