Sunday, October 28, 2007

DeForest turned back the clock for its only touchdown

SUN., OCT 28, 2007 - 12:44 AM
WIAA Division 2 football: DeForest edges Milton


DEFOREST — It was no secret to anyone in attendance that it was going to be either the DeForest or Milton defense that would make the game-changing play in Saturday's WIAA Division 2 second-round playoff game.

That big play came on the first play of the fourth quarter, when the Norskies' relentless pass rush forced Milton quarterback Zach Fry to dump a pass into the middle of the field that resulted in an intentional grounding call and buried the Red Hawks inside their own 10-yard line.

After gaining possession, DeForest (10-1) turned back the clock for its only touchdown of the game, one that gave the Norskies a 10-7 victory and rematch with Northern Badger Conference rival Waunakee in a state quarterfinal next weekend.

The DeForest defense made life miserable for a Milton offense that had scored 41 or more points in seven of its eight victories.

Fry took the grounding call after getting encircled by the DeForest rush, a play that cost the Red Hawks a down and put the ball on the Milton 9-yard line.

"There was great coverage deep and our rush was amazing on that play," said DeForest senior safety Jared Konsella, who picked off two of Fry's passes.

"We definitely felt we were going to make the play that made the difference."

After a punt gave the Norskies the ball at the Milton 42, DeForest found offense in the form of a single-wing offense that had tailback Tylur Lengfeld taking the long snap from center. He ate up all 42 of those yards, the last 24 coming on the TD run that gave DeForest a 10-7 lead with 9 minutes, 23 seconds left.

"We felt we had some matchup advantages," DeForest coach Mike Minick said. "We could spread their defense out."

The Red Hawks (8-3) provided the only other offensive big play, a 39-yard scoring pass from Fry to tight end Matt Fredrick with 7:57 remaining in the first half.

"It was a classic defensive game on both sides," Milton coach Jeff Bachinski said.
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