The showdown University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
and the UW-Stevens Point has been
highlighted since last season.
During their previous meeting
in 2012, the Pointers upset the
previously 15th ranked Warhawks in
The Pointers were prepared
for battle in their last home game
of the season, playing against the
Warhawks, ranked 6th in the nation
with an 8-0 record.
With a winter chill in the air,
the game immediately turned into a
defensive battle with the first seven
possessions of the first quarter ending
With 48 seconds remaining in the
first quarter, the Warhawks returned
a punt for 43 yards to end up on the
Pointers four-yard line.
The following play resulted in
a touchdown pass and the Pointers
found themselves down 7-0 in the
With seven minutes remaining
in the second quarter, Pointers
senior quarterback Mitch Beau
hit sophomore wide receiver Matt
Sosinsky for a 28-yard pass.This play led to a 13-yard
touchdown run by Beau, which
would eventually be the only points
scored by UWSP in the game.
Following the Pointers
touchdown, the Warhawks
immediately retaliated by returning
a 99-yard kickoff for a touchdown to
make the game 14-7.
The third quarter began well for
the Pointers, starting with a blocked
punt by sophomore Zach Vallafskey.
As the defenses continued to
dominate in the game, a lone field
goal early in the fourth quarter by the
Warhawks put them up 17-7.
The Pointers would not be able to
score in their next three possessions.
“We stuck together as a team.
We fought until the last second.
We needed a play to go our way
to get that to happen,” Sosinky said.
The Pointers held the highly
explosive offense of the Warhawks to
182 yards. Before this matchup, the
Warhawks have averaged 441.6 yards
Head Coach Tom Journell noticed
the team just couldn’t get the running
game going. The Pointers were
limited to 47 yards on 24 rushes.
“Just trying to run the football is
a challenge against those guys. That’s probably the biggest challenge,”
Journell said. “Their defense is so
good. They’re coached so well and
they have great talent.”
With 21 seniors on the Pointers
roster, emotions ran high as they
played their last home game in a
“There are a lot of emotions. This
is the last time I am on this field. We
didn’t go out the way I wanted to
but at the end we still battled and
did all that we can do,” said senior
linebacker Cody Seibel.
Journell also recognized the
seniors for their time and commitment
to the team.
“They competed. I told them
that I was sorry to have their last
experience here and lose, but they’ve
won a lot of games here. It’s always
an emotional time when you play
your last game on the home turf,”
Journell said. “I’m proud of them,
we have 21 of them, and those guys
The Pointers will travel to
UW-Stout Saturday for their final
regular season game. “We want to
be 1-0 at the end of the week and
send the seniors out the right way,”