Titan football wins seventh straight

Nate Proell

Zach Kasuboski beats a defender and scores in UWO’s Oct. 17 game against UWSP.
[/media-credit] Zach Kasuboski beats a defender and scores in UWO’s Oct. 17 game against UWSP.

The 2nd-ranked UW Oshkosh football team beat UW-La Crosse 31-13 on the road improving its record to 8-1, guaranteeing it at least a share of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Title. The Titans struck first with a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brett Kasper to tight end Joe Sommers to go ahead 7-0 with 12:31 left in the first quarter. The Eagles put 3 points on the board in their first possession after a 28-yard field goal from kicker Matt Van Druten. However, the Titans offense scored another touchdown from a 1-yard pass from running back Dylan Hecker to wide receiver Zach Kasuboski. The Titans lead at the end of the first quarter by a score of 14-3. Both teams put up points in the second quarter. The Eagles scored a touchdown from quarterback Drew David’s 12-yard pass to wide receiver Joel Oxton, putting the Eagles down by only 4. As time was running out in the first half, Titans’ kicker Greg Rand made a 29-yard field goal that put the Titans up 17-10. Van Druten made a 27-yard field goal putting the score 17-13 with 7:28 left in the third. The Titans answered with a touchdown after a 1-yard run from running back Devon Linzenmeyer giving the Titans a 24-13 lead at the end of the quarter. The Titans were the only team to score in the fourth quarter. A 12-yard run from running back Dylan Hecker brought the final score to 31-13. In the past two weeks, the Titans have held double-digit point leads at halftime. With only a 7-point lead against UWL, quarterback Brett Kasper said the Eagles were still very much in the game. “We’re so used to putting up those kind of numbers every week,” Kasper said. “We got a little slowed down this week, but we are still happy with the win.” Kasper finished the game 23/32, 236 yards and a touchdown. With only one regular season game remaining, head coach Pat Cerroni said the team is feeling the effects of the season. “It’s late in the year right now so we’re just trying to get through it…keep everybody fresh which is easier said than done,” Cerroni said. Wide receiver Sam Mentkowski said the team is not letting the long season get to them. “Every week we go in with the attitude of getting better every single play and every single rep,” Mentkowski said. The Titans conclude their regular season on Nov. 14 against UW-Eau Claire at 1 p.m. on senior day The selection show for the 2015 NCAA DIII football tournamnet is Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. on NCAA.com.