OHS hosts Madison Memorial Friday night; Memorial football team started slow but finished strong

1Z5A6532_4597Malcolm McIntyre | Oconomowoc Today

Cooney junior Jake Rams (#23, with the ball) scored in the third quarter last week as his team rallied to defeat Madison East, 35-21, to advance to the WIAA Level 2playoffs. OHS host Madison Memorial this Friday night.

Memorial finished sec0nd in the Big Eight conference with 7-2 record; team riding an eight-game win streak

Madison Memorial, Cooney’s opponent Friday night, is on a roll, and OHS has to be careful that the Spartans, who have some impressive wins this season, don’t steamroll the Raccoons as the two teams meet in a Level 2 WIAA playoff game at OHS.

OHS, on the strength of its championship of the Wisconsin Little Ten and its undefeated overall record, currently at 10-0, is the No. 1 seed in its sectional.

Memorial, the No. 5 seed, lost its first two games of the season, but since then has won eight straight, including a 21-13 win over Madison La Follette, last Friday night. Memorial was a No. 4 seed.

La Follete and Memorial tied for second places in the Big Eight conference this season, both with 7-2 records. In the second game of the season, on Aug. 28, La Follette slipped past Memorial, 7-6. It wasn’t able to stop Memorial last week, however, as in the rain, the Spartans rallied from a 7-7 tie at the end of three quarters to score 14 points in the fourth for the win.

In that game, Memorial’s defense held La Follette to 181 yards in total offense while churning out 352 yards itself.

Memorial’s only other loss, in its opener, was a shootout between the Spartans and eventual Big Eight champion, Middleton, 54-40, on Aug. 21.

In its win Friday night, Memorial averaged 26 yards per reception as quarterback Emmett Enright completed 7 of 11 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown. The Spartans, however, ran the ball–as did most teams last week–44 times for 167 yards.

For the season, Enright, a senior, completed 138 of 248 passes for an impressive 2,267 yards. Jake Ferguson, a big target at 6-5, has been his top target, with 54 catches for 870 yards. Hunter Peters is next with 31 catches for 546 yards.

Terrel Goodwan, a 6-0, 185-pound senior, is his team’s top rusher with 1,047 yards in nine games.

Clearly, OHS will have its hands full with the Spartans’ offense. At the same time, Memorial will have to stop Oconomowoc’s high-scoring, high flying attack.

For OHS, junior quarterback Ben Nienhuis’ stats are even more impressive. In 10 games, Nienhuis has completed 198 of 320 pass attempts for 2.546 yards and 33 scores. His yardage total makes him the No. 3 passer in the state, while his touchdowns are the top figure statewide.

Additionally, Nienhuis’ top target, fellow junior Zach Clayton, has 65 catches for 984 yards and 16 TDs. Cooney’s top rusher, junior Jake Rams has 116 carries on the season for 802 yards. Rams has also scored 10 touchdowns.

The winner Friday night takes on either Arrowhead or Sun Prairie on Friday night, Nov. 6. If OHS defeats Memorial, it will host the Nov. 6 game.

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