MADISON, Wisconsin — Scott Schreiber's future might be on the baseball diamond, but Kimberly's senior quarterback showed he's pretty good on the football field as well.
Schreiber, who earlier this week committed to play baseball at the University of Nebraska, ran for four touchdowns and passed for another to lead Kimberly to a 51-10 victory over Oshkosh North in the Division 2 title game at Camp Randall Stadium.
The game was delayed by almost a half hour in the fourth quarter while medical personnel attended to two injured Oshkosh players, who were taken from the field in separate ambulances. Alec Goodermuth and Robert Phillips collided while making a tackle on punt coverage in the fourth quarter.
Oshkosh North coach Chris Kujawa said preliminary reports indicated that Goodermuth suffered a leg injury, while Phillips was being treated for a "stinger and possible concussion issue."
Schreiber scored on runs of 1, 42, 11 and 24 yards and added a 33-yard TD pass. He finished with 100 yards rushing on 12 carries and completed 9 of 12 passes for 154 yards.
"It all starts with our offensive line," said Schreiber, who was 10-0 last season as a pitcher on Kimberly's baseball team. "Those guys do a great job establishing the line, pass protection, giving us running lanes to go."
The Papermakers (14-0) led 14-10 at the half, but took control with three third-quarter touchdowns.
Weston Guilfoyle returned the second-half kickoff 52 yards to the Spartans 42-yard line. After an incomplete pass, Schreiber burst off left tackle and cut to the outside for the touchdown that put the Papermakers up 21-10.
"We played a good first half. We were going up against a football giant in Kimberly," said Spartans quarterback Nate Neveau. "They came out, got that big kick return and were able to punch it in right away. It's hard to come back two scores down against a good team. We kept giving it, but we just didn't have an answer for them."
After stopping the Spartans on downs, Kimberly marched 71 yards in 10 plays with sophomore Blair Mulholland scoring on a 1-yard run.
The Spartans (13-1) turned the ball over on their next possession when the snap went over the head of punter Blake Marquardt, giving Kimberly the ball on the Oshkosh North 15-yard line. Schreiber's 11-yard run extended the lead to 35-10.
When asked about the turning point, Kujawa shook his head and said, "The second half. That was the turning point. We played two quarters of championship football and it takes four quarters against a team as good as Kimberly."
With the score tied 7-7, the Spartans failed to capitalize on a Kimberly turnover.
The Papermakers fumbled the ball away on a botched reverse, but immediately got the ball back when linebacker Nick Peters made a leaping interception of Neveau's pass at the Spartans 49-yard line. Six plays later, Schreiber hit Weston Guilfoyle with a 33-yard scoring pass to make it 14-7 with 4:25 left in the half.
"''I tried to get it over the top of him and he made a good play," said Neveau, who completed 18 of 31 passes for 192 yards and ran for a team-high 55 yards. "That was tough. If we could have gone and punched one in, that might have turned things."
On their final possession of the half, the Spartans drove for a first down at the Kimberly 9, but had to settle for Turner Geisthardt's 29-yard field goal.
Kimberly's 51 points surpassed the previous high for a Division 2 title game set by Menomonie in a 49-31 victory over Ashwaubenon. Schreiber's four rushing touchdowns matched the mark held by several players.