Overtime and out

Spencer-Columbus running back Hunter Luepke pulls down a pass reception against the defense of Little Chute’s Lars Schrader in the third quarter of the Rockets’ 20-14 overtime loss to the Mustangs in a Nov. 8 WIAA Division 4 Level 3 playoff game. Luepke’s 27-yard reception from Calvin Lenz converted a third-and-15 into a first down for the Rockets.

What if Spencer-Columbus would have made both of its’ second-quarter touchdown conversions and led 16-0 instead of 14-0 into the fourth period? What if the Rocket offense could have extended a long third-quarter drive by converting a fourth-and-2 play deep in Little Chute territory? Oh, yeah, what if?
The Rockets will be left to ponder numerous “what ifs” over the coming off-season, as they process the 20-14 overtime loss on Nov. 8 that kicked them out of the WIAA Division 4 playoff field just short of the state semi-final round. Leading 14-0 with just over six minutes to play in a Level 3 game at Little Chute, the Rockets allowed two late regulation touchdowns and then a 2-yard game-winning plunge in overtime to see their season end at 8-4.
“It stings,” head coach Jason Gorst said on Monday as he was heading to the locker room after school, where numerous football players were channeling their frustration into already preparing for next season. It was a tough loss especially because the Rockets could have done so many little things to alter the outcome, Gorst said. What if?

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