The Oshkosh North Spartans escaped Akin Field with a 13-12 win over the Polar Bear varsity football team on Friday, Sept. 12.
It looked like Hortonville had started the game on the right foot, as Carter Beaudoin raced past the Spartan defense for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. Unfortunately for the Polar Bears, a flag was thrown and a holding penalty was called, negating the touchdown run.
Hortonville quarterback Jake Sommers threw an interception on the next play, and Oshkosh North capitalized on the turnover by scoring a touchdown with 10:01 remaining in the first quarter. The extra point kick was good, and the Spartans led 7-0.
On the ensuing drive, Hortonville completed a pass on third down and nine to pick up a first down, but the receiver fumbled the ball and the Spartans recovered.
Oshkosh North kicked a field goal with 5:25 left in the first quarter to take a 10-0 lead.
Sommers answered with a touchdown run with 1:45 left in the second quarter, but the extra point kick was blocked and the Spartans took a 10-6 lead into halftime.
The Spartans added another field goal at the end of the third quarter to stretch their lead to 13-6, but Hortonville answered with a touchdown run from Mitch Gerhartz with 11:01 remaining in the game. The extra point kick was blocked again, and the Spartans maintained a 13-12 lead.
Despite several chances at the end of the game, the Polar Bears couldn’t score and the Spartans escaped with a 13-12 win.