Dominant Second Half Pushes UW-Whitewater football to 4-0

Photos by Bob Mischka

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The No. 10 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team tallied 20 fourth-quarter points and pitched a second-half shutout Saturday in a 30-7 triumph over No. 23 UW-La Crosse in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest at Roger Herring Stadium.

The Warhawks (4-0 overall, 1-0 WIAC) out-gained the Eagles 418-158 in total yards, taking the lead for good on a 28-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Cole Wilber to junior wide receiver Nathaniel Osterloo midway through the third quarter.

Wilber finished 14-for-24 passing with 244 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore running back Alex Peete led the rushing attack with 27 carries for 100 yards and a score, and junior running back Ronny Ponick added 12 carries for 54 yards and a pair of catches for 29 yards.

Junior linebacker Jacob Erbs led the defense with eight tackles. Senior linebacker Bryce Leszczynski collected seven stops, and senior defensive lineman Harry Henschler posted five tackles, including 2.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks.

The Warhawks return to action next Saturday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. for a showdown against No. 12 UW-Oshkosh. The game is part of Family Fest and Football Alumni Day at UW-Whitewater, and a pregame concert featuring the Eddie Butts Band will begin at noon in the Perkins Stadium parking lot.

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