AMHERST – Matthew Glodowski scored on a 20-yard run with 2:44 remaining in the game to lift the Amherst football team to a thrilling 28-21 win over Kewaunee in a WIAA Division 5 Level 2 playoff game Friday night at Amherst High School.
Amherst (12-0), the No. 1 seed in its bracket, will host Central Wisconsin Conference Large Division rival and No. 2 seed Wittenberg-Birnamwood (9-3) in a Level 3 game next Friday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live at zaleskisports.com.
The two teams met back in Week 4 on Sept. 10 with Amherst pulling out a 26-19 victory. Wittenberg-Birnamwood advanced with a 27-18 win at home against No. 3 seed Brillion on Friday.
Amherst jumped out to a 14-0 lead after a 9-yard touchdown run by Glodowski and a 57-yard pass from Landon Moe to Ian Hall in the first quarter.
Kewaunee was driving late in the first half when Glodowski picked off a Mitchell Thompson pass and raced 80 yards for a touchdown with just nine seconds to go before halftime, and the Falcons led 20-0 at the break.
The Storm fought back to take the lead with three touchdowns in a span of five minutes.
Thompson ran in from the 6 with 4:15 to go in the third quarter and threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Nathan VanGoethem with 43 seconds left in the period, making it 20-13.
Kewaunee quickly got the ball back and Thompson hit Benjamin Heim for an 18-yard touchdown pass, and a two-point conversion pass gave the Storm a 21-20 lead with 11:11 remaining.
The Falcons were able to drive late in the game to secure what proved to be the game-winning score with just under three minutes left.
Glodowski finished with 76 rushing yards, and Moe threw for 130 yards and ran for another 53 to lead the Amherst offense.
Falcons 28, Storm 21
Kewaunee 0 0 13 8 - 21
Amherst 14 6 0 8 - 28
A – Matthew Glodwoski 9 run (Josh Bentley kick), 5:48.
A – Ian Hall 57 pass from Landon Moe (Bentley kick), 3:25.
A – Glodowski 80 interception return (kick blocked), 0:09.
K – Mitchell Thompson 6 run (Maddix Mueller kick), 4:15.
K – Nathan VanGoethem 60 pass from Thompson (kick blocked), 0:43.
K – Benjamin Heim 18 pass from Thompson (Logan Steinhorst pass from Thompson), 11:11.
A – Glodowski 20 run (Jake Derezinski run), 2:44.
First downs: Kewaunee 15; Amherst 13.
Rushing (att-yards): K 36-103; A 38-145.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): K 10-19-139-1; A 7-11-130-1.
Total yards: K 242; A 275.
Penalties (no.-yards): K 4-40; A 3-25.
Rushing: K, Mitchell Thompson 15-57, Anthony Jerabek 16-37, Owen Carlson 4-8, Jesse Morales-Hernandez 1-1. A, Matthew Glodowski 18-76, Landon Moe 18-53, Jake Hoffman 1-8, Ian Hall 1-5, Jake Derezinski 1-3.
Passing: K, Thompson 10-18-139-1. A, Moe 7-11-130-1.
Receiving: K, Nathan VanGoethem 3-81, Benjamin Heim 3-40, Jerabek 3-15, Logan Steinhorst 1-3. A, Hall 4-105, Hoffman 2-26, Glodowski 1-minus 1.
Records: Kewaunee 10-3; Amherst 12-0.