2018 Lodi High School graduates Max Barreau, Lucas Brisky and Jacob Heyroth got one last chance to play football together. The Blue Devil trio played for the South in the Small School Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star game at titan Stadium on the UW-Oshkosh campus last Saturday.
Barreau, Brisky and Heyroth helped lead the South to a thrilling 22-21 victory.
“It was a lot of fun,” Barreau said. “One of the best weeks of my life. It was great playing with new people.”
The last time the trio was on a football field, they helped lead the Blue Devils to their first ever WIAA state title.
“After winning a state title, winning this game is just the icing on the cake,” Barreau said. “It was a lot of fun and I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
Heyroth, who will walk on at UW-Madison this fall, was at running back at the All-Star game. He finished with four carries for six yards.
Brisky played on the offensive line on Saturday.
Barreau saw time at linebacker. He compiled four tackles in the game.
“I thought I did well,” Barreau said. “It is really hard to cover man-to-man on wide receivers when you have not done that all year, but I thought I did well stuffing the run.”
It was a slow start to the game, but things picked up quickly.
After a scoreless first quarter, the teams combined for 27 points in the second.
The North jumped out to a 15-0 lead. They got on the scoreboard with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Cumberland’s Kobe Berghammer to Marathon’s Nathan Stoffel. Then Fox Valley Lutheran’s Zayne Rodencal ran the ball in from 20 yards out and Amherst’s Marcus Glodowski ran in the two-point conversion.
The South got right back in the game thanks to Lake Mills quarterback Ben Dunkleberger. He tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Fennimore’s Trevor Neuroth and a 35-yards scoring strike to high school teammate Hayden Iverson.
The South was unsuccessful on two-point conversion attempts following both touchdowns and trailed 15-12 at halftime.
The North went up 21-12 on a 37-yard touchdown run by Glodowski in the third quarter.
The South started its comeback with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Dunkleberger to Clinton’s Zach Krause early in the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to 21-19.
Melrose-Mindoro kicker Victor Ponterioi completed the comeback with a 40-yard field goal with just 17 seconds remaining in the game.
“It was pretty nuts,” Barreau said. “Everyone on the sideline new our kicker could do it. When he did, the whole team went crazy.”
Dunkleberger finished the game 7-for-13 passing for 155 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a team-high 51 yards on 11 carries.
Platteville’s Donovan Blevins led the South with seven catches for 113 yards.
Berghammer was 12-of-26 passing for 111 yards and a touchdown for the south. Rodencal rushed for a game-high 93 yards on 17 attempts.
In other action in Oshkosh, the South won 22-21 in the Large School game, while the North prevailed 36-18 in the 8-man game.