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Michael Ouimette commits to St. Norbert’s

April 17, 2020 by Brett LaBore

One may have seen him playing under the lights on Friday nights or on the hardwood playing basketball. Now, Michael Ouimette will be playing quarterback at St. Norbert’s this fall.

Ouimette committed to St. Norbert’s College to play quarterback on March 14, the same position he played in high school.

“I’m very pumped. I love the atmosphere at St. Norbert’s and the coaches,” he said. “I’m really excited to be part of family.”

Last season, Ouimette completed 110/202 for 1454 yards, with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He completed 54.5% of his passes with a quarterback rating of 82.4.

“I felt pretty good and how we were able to spread out the field and get guys the football who could make the plays,” he said.

Ouimette was also effective on the ground. He ran it 196 times for 841 yards and 13 touchdowns. He averaged 84.1 rush yards per game and even ran in seven two point conversions.

“It was nice because we were able to spread the run game as well,” he said. “(We had a) triple threat kind of option thing.”

One of his best games of the 2019 season came in the Aug. 23 opener at Cudahy. There he orchestrated an overtime win. In the game, he completed 21 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran it 18 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

“We kept fighting the entire game, everybody had a lot of energy and giving it their all,” Ouimette said. 

The difference in the game came in overtime. Ouimette threw a touchdown pass to Hayes to put them up six. Going for two, Ouimette threw it to Chase Hunt for the two-point conversion. That two-point conversion ended up being the difference in the 35-33 win.

“And then those touchdowns in the double overtime were pretty sweet as well,” Ouimette said.

Another big game came Oct. 11, 2019 against Ashland. With a win, the Thunderbirds would be playoff eligible for the first time in 10 years. Ouimette led the way with four total touchdowns, three of them rushing, to lead his team to the 32-6 win and playoff eligibility.

“I’m never ever going to forget that game. That last final drive when Isaiah Draeger plucked the ball out of the air — we got into tears,” he said. “It was the most memorable time in my high school career, without a doubt.”

With the win, the Thunderbirds were able to participate in the playoffs for the first time since 2009. The result wasn’t what they wanted, but they were able to get on the board, a goal of their’s in the game. It was their first time scoring points in a playoff game since 2008.

Ouimette threw a touchdown pass to Cody Wolfe with 40 seconds left in the game. It was one of the highlights of the night.

“Mike handled himself great in the second half, despite the score and mistakes against us in the first half, which is telling in terms of his overall character,” LUHS football coach Dan Barutha said. 

In total, the Thunderbirds finished 6-4 overall, 3-3 in the GNC. Ouimette was happy to be a part of such a winning season, the perfect way to end his career.

“I was very honored,” he said. “That’s something Ive looked forward to since I’ve been in high school. It’ll always have a special place in my heart.”

As one of the four captains, Ouimette was honored to be put in a leadership role on the team.

“Michael is an incredible person, high character, very intelligent, laid back, makes great decisions,” Barutha said. “He develops great relationships with guys and holds himself to a very high standard.”

St. Norbert’s football finished 6-3 last season. Heading into the Midwest Conference Championship game, the Green Knights had a five game winning streak. Then on Nov. 16, the Green Knights fell 10-7 to Monmouth College in that championship game.

“Well I’m very excited,” Barutha said in terms of Michael playing at St. Norbert’s. “One of the key aspects of developing a program is getting guys to be able to play at the college level and coming back and having integral part of program.”

The Green Knights open their 2020 season Saturday, Sept. 5 at Loras College. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]

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