Pointer Football Ends Season with a Loss
Andy Hesse
ahess342@uwsp.edu
The University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point football team played their final game Saturday against UW-Platteville. The Pioneers secured a season sweep of the Pointers with a 51-7 victory.

Both teams struggled early, trading scoreless drives until late in the first quarter when the Pioneers capitalized on an 85-yard drive.

Pioneers’ junior quarterback John Kelly completed a 13-yard pass to sophomore running back Ryley Bailey for the first score of the game.

Pointer sophomore quarterback Mitch Beau struggled, throwing five interceptions on the day. His first came early in the second quarter when Pioneer freshman defensive back Matt Van Den Heuval intercepted the pass intended for senior receiver Mike Mullins.

Platteville failed to take advantage of the turnover and was forced to punt.

Point began moving the ball with balanced play calling, but the Pioneer d e f e n s e would intercept another Beau pass on the Platteville one-yard line by freshman defensive back Jaylan Bailey.

Platteville would again fail to take advantage of the turnover and return possession to the Pointers. The next three drives featured three straight turnovers, two by Point.

Platteville’s junior running back Lee Vlasak would take advantage of the third Pointer turnover by punching in a one-yard touchdown. After the extra point failed to split the uprights the score stood at 13-0 Platteville.
 

​Junior Theo Maglio makes a catch. The Pointers played their final game of the season this Saturday.
Photo by Jack McLaughlin.
 
On the ensuing kickoff, junior defensive back Colton Zimmerman would cough up the ball for the Pointers’ fifth turnover of the half.
Two plays later Kelly and Bailey would connect again for a touchdown from seven-yards out to make it 20-0, Pioneers.

After a scoreless drive for the Pointers, Kelly led the Pioneers down the field finishing the drive off with a six-yard pass to senior tight end Jake Wiederholt to give Platteville a 27-0 advantage at halftime.

Freshman linebacker Jacob Zilbar would intercept Beau on Point’s opening drive of the second half. Platteville would add to their score after the interception on a 44-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Zach Litchfield.

After exchanging scoreless drives, Point got on the board with a Beau pass to freshman running back Alex Wallace. The 44-yard drive took just over 30 seconds and cut the Platteville lead to 30-7.

Platteville would answer with a Kelly touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Paul Reit. The Pioneers would score again after an interception at the end of the third quarter by senior defensive back Connor Wilson. Senior running back Chad Roscoe would finish the drive with a one-yard touchdown run, taking the score to 44-7.

Wilson would pick off Beau again, returning it 40 yards for the touchdown, giving the Pioneers a 51-7 score. The interception by Beau brought a change at quarterback, which called for sophomore Casey Barnes.

Barnes failed to turn in a score, and the Pointers punted the ball back to the Pioneers. Platteville ran the clock out to end the lopsided game.

The Pointers finished the season 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.