Titans have local connections
Roster includes area players, coach
By Greg Seubert
Two Waupaca High School graduates and one from Iola-Scandinavia will be on the sidelines as the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh football team plays for a NCAA Division III championship.
The 13-1 Titans will face the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor of Texas at 7 p.m. (EST) Friday, Dec. 16, in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Virginia.
The team’s roster includes a pair of former Waupaca players in junior running back Beau Ash and sophomore linebacker Alex Hoffman. The assistant coaching staff includes former I-S player Spencer Erickson. He coaches the outside linebackers.
UW-Oshkosh advanced to its first national championship game Dec. 9 with a 10-3 win over John Carroll University at J.J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh.
Quarterback Brett Kasper opened the scoring in the second half with a 3-yard run to cap a nine-play, 71-yard drive. Eli Wettstein added a 32-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
John Carroll cut the lead to 10-3 with a 24-yard field goal from Matt Danko with five minutes to go in the game.
John Carroll drove to the UW-Oshkosh 35-yard line late in the game, but Branden Lloyd sacked Anthony Moeglin near midfield as time expired.
UW-Oshkosh made it to the semifinal round of the NCAA Division III Championship in 2012 and the quarterfinal round in 2015 in its two previous postseason appearances.
The Titans came into the game ranked ninth nationally with 274 rushing yards per game, but was held to their lowest rushing output in 30 games with 133 yards on 39 carries. UW-Oshkosh had only 78 yards during the first half, including 20 on the ground in 14 rushes.
Ash did not have any rushing attempts, but had one kickoff return for 9 yards. He has 16 rushing attempts this season for 122 yards.
UW-Oshkosh has trailed for just two minutes, 39 seconds the entire season and have not trailed in any of its past seven games.
The Stagg Bowl is scheduled to be broadcast live on ESPNU.