Payback time; Cooney football team cruises past Beaver Dam, 28-6, in conference opener

Payback time; Cooney football team cruises past Beaver Dam, 28-6, in conference opener

Cooney defense limits Beavers to 155 total yards, including just 43 in the air; Nienhuis adds four more TD passes, bringing his total to 14 after just three games The objective is to win and Friday night the Oconomowoc High School football team won convincingly, 28-6, over Beaver Dam to open the 2015 Wisconsin Little Ten season, but it was a strange game. Something was lacking. Both teams played hard (OHS always does), but there was a noticeable lack of excitement or electricity on the field.. Yes, there were some big plays, including an amazing 92-yard punt return by Zach Clayton that was negated by a penalty, and Air Nienhuis was effective, again, but it was an odd game. Why? Perhaps because OHS was favored to win, a not-so-common position for the team, given that last season, Beaver Dam shocked OHS, at Beaver Dam, 35-0, and in 2014 OHS finished in last place in the WLT (tied with Beaver Dam). But that was 12 months ago, and this season, after two impressive nonconference wins over teams from the Classic Eight conference, Kettle Moraine, 31-20, and Waukesha South, 52-31, OHS found itself in unfamiliar territory It was a nice and welcome position to be in for OHS, but Beaver Dam Friday night was not the Beaver Dam of old, nor was it even the Beaver Dam of 2014. This Beaver Dam team more closely resembled the OHS of last season. True, the Beavers eked out a one-point win in its season opener against Milwaukee Lutheran, 19-18, but it was hammered last week at Brookfield East, 47-0. In game three Friday night at OHS,...