STOUGHTON — This time, the Stoughton football team left no doubt against archrival Oregon. In the process, the Vikings made history.
Stoughton, after pulling out a three-point regular-season victory over Oregon, pulled away Friday night with 21 second-half points and defeated the Panthers 28-7 in a WIAA Division 2 first-round playoff game.
That made the Vikings’ traditional postgame ringing of their Victory Bell even more special because it was the first playoff victory for Stoughton (9-1) in four state appearances.
“I think it is great,” Stoughton coach Dan Prahl said. “Our guys, they come in every day and work hard, and it has paid off for them. I am so happy for them. We have a great coaching staff and our scout team gave us the best look (of an opponent) all season. This is huge for our program.”
The third-seeded Vikings, playing their first postseason home game, held a 7-0 halftime lead on the strength of senior quarterback Jonathan Malueg’s 34-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Tyler Anderson with 8 minutes, 12 seconds left in the second quarter.
Then senior running back Brady Schipper and the Vikings’ offensive line took command. The 6-foot, 190-pound Schipper scored three rushing touchdowns in the second half, propelling Stoughton to a 28-0 lead. Schipper wound up with 205 yards on 30 carries, including touchdown runs of 3, 40 and 5 yards.
“We made adjustments at halftime to take advantage of what they were doing on defense,” said Schipper, who scored four touchdowns in Stoughton’s 30-27 victory over Oregon on Sept. 22. “Our defense was keeping us in it. And we decided (on offense) to take advantage of what they were giving us, and we did. (A playoff victory) was one of our goals at the beginning of the season. Now we can check that off and move on to the next one.”
Prahl said the injury-depleted Vikings — hit hard by injuries in the secondary, at receiver and along the offensive line — received a boost from junior offensive lineman Jake Lenz, who took over at right offensive tackle after senior Elijah Krumholz, called on to start due to injury, was sidelined by a leg injury in the first quarter.
The sixth-seeded Panthers (6-4) contained Schipper in the first half, limiting him to 45 yards on nine carries.
“Nobody has stopped him yet,” Oregon coach Dan Kissling said. “He’s a great back. With eight or nine players in the box keying on him and he’s still able to do that, you know he’s a pretty special back. … We knew they would come out and run the ball. We knew they would come at us and they did.”
The Panthers’ lone touchdown came on junior Keion Szudy’s 62-yard run on a fake punt with 6:27 remaining to play.
Stoughton scored the game’s first touchdown on a fourth-and-11 play when Malueg connected on the touchdown pass to Anderson, who got behind the Panthers’ secondary in the right corner of the end zone. The Vikings took possession after recovering a fumble at the Oregon 33.
Oregon had several opportunities in the first half, but failed to score.
Oregon moved into Stoughton territory on its first drive, advancing as far as the 15-yard line before turning the ball over on downs on an incomplete pass on fourth-and-11 from the 22. Senior quarterback Cedric Girard’s 44-yard completion to senior Kardelle Phillips to the Stoughton 16 set up the opportunity.
In the second quarter, the Panthers moved to the Vikings’ 12, but again came away with no points. Just before halftime, Oregon moved to the Stoughton 16, but a face-mask penalty stalled the drive.
“If we got on the board earlier, it could have changed the momentum,” Kissling said.
Stoughton, ranked 10th in Division 2 in the WisSports.net coaches’ poll, advanced to a second-round game next week at second-seeded Waukesha West.
Stoughton athletic director Mel Dow said he believed the Vikings’ nine victories were a school record.
Oregon 0 0 0 7 — 7
Stoughton 0 7 14 7 — 28
S — Anderson 34 pass from Malueg (Spilde kick)
S — Schipper 3 run (Spilde kick)
S — Schipper 40 run (Spilde kick)
S — Schipper 5 run (Spilde kick)
O — Szudy 62 run (kick good)
First downs — O 9, S 17. Rushing (Att.-Yds.) — O 38-153, S 42-233. Passing yards — O 54, S 81. Passes (Comp.-Att.-Int.) — O 4-20-2, S 6-13-0. Fumbles-lost — O 1-1, S 0-0. Penalties-yards — O 7-75, S 10-100.
Rushing: O, Szudy 14-121. S, Schipper 30-205.
Passing: O, Girard 4-20-2-54. S, Malueg 6-13-0-81.
Receiving: O, Phillips 1-44. S, Anderson 1-34.