Wausau West Scores in Waning Seconds to Down Rapids

Wisconsin Rapids (OnFocus) – Football is often a game of momentum, and in game filled with momentum swings, the VFA matchup between Wausau West and Wisconsin Rapids had plenty of drama.

With 17 second left, West’s Colton Guerink broke a 14-14 tie when he scored on a two yard plunge to give West a 21-14 lead and the win.

Geurink rushed 22 times for 188 yards  in the game.

West took a 14-0 lead into halftime with Colton Guerink scoring on a 7 yard run and Garrett Richardt’s 20 yard touchdown toss.

The Warriors held their 14-0 lead into the fourth quarter before the Rapids’ running game started to wear the Warriors down.

Leo Brostowitz did the most of the damage for Rapids on the ground, collecting 63 yards on 20 carries. It was the Raiders’ passing game, however, that brought Rapids to life and began their comeback. Caden Sengbusch connected with Erik Haupt across the middle for a 60 yard strike that saw the speedy Haupt race through the Warriors’ secondary. Trailing 14-6, Rapids was energized, and it showed.

On the Warriors’ next possession, it was time for the Rapids defense to come up with a big stop, and after starting out their drive with momentum building, West looked to go deep.

Raider defensive back Jackson Schooley picked off a Richardt  pass deep in Rapids’ territory and returned the interception across midfield, giving the Raiders a short field to work with.

Rapids capitalized.

With 2:48 left in the game, Brostowitz scored from three yards out to pull the Raiders within two. Brostowitz scored the two point conversion to tie the game at 14, setting up the Warriors’ game-winning drive.

Sengbusch was 3 of 5 through the air, for 109 yards.

Keegan Christy led the Raiders on defense with 10 tackles.

Dylan Lisitza punted three times for Rapids, averaging 39 yards a kick.

Red Raider seniors were recognized during player introductions:

  • Blake Hafermann
  • Dylan Lisitza
  • Jacory Davis
  • Carson Junemann
  • Nathan Frost
  • Myles Sawyer
  • Spencer Hoks
  • Mac Lucas

Scoring Summary

First Quarter LHS WWHS
Second Quarter LHS WWHS
TD 7 Yd Run (Kick No Good) 0 6
TD 20 Yd Pass (Two-Point Conversion) 0 14
Third Quarter LHS WWHS
Fourth Quarter LHS WWHS
TD Erik Haupt 60 Yd Pass From Caden Sengbusch (Mac Lucas Kick No Good) 6 14
TD Leo Brostowitz 3 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion) 14 14
TD 2 Yd Run (Kick) 14 21


Rushing Att Yds TD Long Fum
#8 L. Brostowitz 20 63 1 17
#7 P. Spray 6 35 19
#11 A. Junemann 4 22 10
#24 E. Haupt 4 15 5
#4 D. Lisitza 2 11 8
#10 C. Sengbusch 2 -5


1 2 3 4 F
Wausau West 0 14 0 7 21
Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 0 0 0 14 14
Tackles Tk Ast Sck TFL
#47 K. Christy 10 1
#1 j. anderson 5
#55 S. Hoks 4 5
#42 N. Frost 4
#24 E. Haupt 1
#48 M. Mitchell 1 1 1
#44 M. Sawyer 2
#63 J. Grassl 1
Rest of team 6 2


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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]