Oshkosh Titans demolish Falcons

Nate Proell

The UW Oshkosh football team is on a three-game winning streak after beating the UW-River Falls Falcons on Saturday by a score of 41-7.

The Titans improved their overall record to 7-1 with a conference record of 4-1. They are in second place in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, being one game behind UW-Whitewater and one game ahead of UW-Platteville.

Head coach Pat Cerroni said the Titans’ winning streak is nice, but they realize there is still much work to be done.

“We’re just trying to get through this right now one at a time,” Cerroni said. “It’s tough, there’s a lot on the line. The hardest part is to stay focused one day at a time.”

The Falcons got the ball to start the game. Their opening drive took four minutes and 15 seconds off the clock before the Titans’ WIAC first-ranked total defense was able to force a punt.

After a 28-yard punt from the Falcons the Titans were starting their first drive of the game on their own 13-yard line. The Titans took the ball 73 yards in 9 plays in a drive that resulted in a 31-yard field goal from kicker Eli Wettstein to put the Titans on the board 3-0.

The Titans’ third possession of the game started on their own 16-yard line and went 14 yards before Brett Kasper threw his fourth interception of the season on the Falcons 38-yard line. After a two yard return, the Falcons got the ball on their own 40-yard line with 2:38 remaining in the first quarter.

The Falcons were able to move the ball to the Titans 20-yard line; however, the Titans defense held them to a field goal attempt that was blocked by linebacker Nick Amato who returned the ball 11 yards to the UWO 38-yard line.

The Titans were able to take the ball 49 yards to the Falcons’ 16-yard line before Dylan Hecker fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Falcons.

The Titan defense was able to hold the Falcon offense to a four-and-out.

After a 47-yard punt from the Falcons, the Titans got the ball on their own 33-yard line to start the drive.

The Titans were able to go 67 yards in 8 plays before a Hecker 3-yard touchdown run extended the Titans lead to 10-0 with 3:50 remaining in the first half.

On the Titans’ 26-yard line, UWO’s defense intercepted Falcons’ quarterback Sawyer Moon. Linebacker Reese Dziedzic recorded the interception on the UWO 17 and returned the ball three yards to the UWO 20-yard line.

The interception drive started with one minute left in the first half. The Titans were able to run two plays before the clock expired and the first half ended with the Titans on top 10-0.

The Titans got the the ball to start the second half and were able to move 54 yards to the Falcons’ 21 in a drive that included a 47-yard rush from Kasper. The Falcons’ defense was able to hold them to a 38-yard field goal attempt from Wettstein that was good, making the Titans’ lead 13-0.

After a defensive turnover on downs, the Titans ran one play from their own 49-yard line before scoring their second touchdown of the game via a 51-yard pass from Kasper to wide receiver Johnny Eagan to put the Titans up 20-0 with 10:50 left in the third quarter.

The Titans’ following possession went 78 yards in 11 plays and resulted in a touchdown from a 15-yard Chad Walton run. With the extra point being good the Titans were up 27-0 with 3:12 remaining in the third quarter.

The Falcons had one more drive in the third quarter before a turnover on downs gave the Titans the ball again. The Titans’ drive went into the start of the fourth quarter.

A 25-yard touchdown pass from Kasper to wide receiver Dom Todarello extended the lead to 34-0 with 13:04 remaining in the game.

The Titans scored one more touchdown from Walton with a 6-yard rush.

The Falcons managed to score one touchdown from an 8-yard pass from Moon bringing the final score to 41-7.

Kasper said he is pleased with the win and with his overall performance, but, he is still looking for more out of himself this season.

“There’s always other areas to improve on and I’m always trying to get better,” Kasper said. “I’m still looking for that perfect game for the season.”

Titans sophomore runningback Walton played in his fourth game of the season and had a season high 133 total yards with two touchdowns.

“It felt good to actually get in the game,” Walton said. “You gotta play your role and know that once your number is called you gotta be ready for any situation.”

The Titans play UW-La Crosse at home on Saturday in its final regular season home game. Saturday is Senior Day, Veterans Day, Clash’s Kids Day and Titan Student sock giveaway.
Phoenix Bridegroom of Be The Match will also be in attendance as her and her family will be honored at halftime. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.