Sussex - One down. Hopefully eight more to go.
The Hamilton football team got an opening night victory at Plymouth on Friday, winning 27-13.
Drew Patterson scored a tiebreaking touchdown with 1:52 to go in the third quarter, and Corey Paris' second touchdown of the game gave the Chargers breathing room in the fourth quarter.
After the Chargers took a 7-0 lead on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Matt Judson to Paris, a costly turnover ended up going for a touchdown when Andrew Micheals picked up the ball and ran 41 yards for the score.
"We were marching down the field at that point, and after they scored, I think everyone realized this was going to be a good football game," said Hamilton coach John Damato.
Nick Patterson scored on a long 64-yard run with 3:40 to play in the first quarter, but Plymouth responded with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Kollin Neils to Evan Guell.
Kenny Lo had three extra-point kicks for the winners.
"I really liked the way we made the necessary adjustments in the second half and executed our game plan," Damato said. "We got past some first-half adversity when the game was back-and-forth and really ended up playing pretty clean football."
Damato said his defensive line, led by Mitch Mason and Joe Eggert, had an excellent showing.
"They only rushed for 30 yards, so that says a lot about how well our defensive line played," Damato said.
Damato also credited the play of Kyle Schiedemeyer on defense. Up next is a Thursday night contest at home against Mukwonago, which won't be easy. Last year's battle came down to a kickoff return in the final seconds, giving the Chargers a win.
"Two years ago we had a triple overtime game with them, and last year it came down to the final seconds, so we know what we're in for," Damato said. "They're a team that has good size and a team that is very similar offensively to us. It's going to be a battle."
One week in, and the Hamilton varsity boys soccer team looks pretty good.
After four games, the team is 3-0-1. In its opener at Watertown, Hamilton rolled to victory 7-0 against the Goslings. Over the weekend, the Chargers defeated Lake Geneva Badger, 1-0. It tied Burlington, the Mukwonago Invite champion, 2-2, after defeating Milwaukee Thomas More in the semifinals, 2-0.
In the championship game against Burlington, junior sophomore Garrett Lee had what head coach Adam Marshall described as a real nice goal before senior Brandon Hagenow scored off a set play from outside the box.
"We must have hit the post three or four times," Marshall said. "It was certainly a game we felt we should have won, but give Burlington credit; they're a tough team to play. They keep coming at you, and we just couldn't put them away."
The shootout carried into extra kicks, with Marshall's team losing, 9-8.
Lee and Tyler Wischnefski had goals against Thomas More, and Lee had the goal against Lake Geneva Badger.
Marshall's been impressed with Lee in the early going.
"He's 4 for 4, scoring in every game," Marshall said. "He plays simple. He has fun and he's always got a smile on his face."
Wischnefski had four goals in the victory against Watertown. Bret Harvestine, Lee and Westin Smith also scored.
The Chargers host Wauwatosa West on Thursday, and on Aug. 30, the team travels to West Allis Central to begin the Greater Metro Conference season.
Overall, Marshall is pleased with the way his team looked during the first week of the season.
"We came in to practice in shape, ready to go," Marshall said. "This team has the opportunity to do some good things this season."
Sussex falls in LOL final
The Sussex Cardinals' bid for a trip to the Land O'Lakes Grand Championship playoffs is history.
All season, the Brookfield Bulldogs have been a force in the LOL Western Division, and Saturday at Tetzlaff/Veterans Field, that trend held true as the Bulldogs eliminated the Cardinals in the Western Division final, 8-2.
Brookfield scored solo runs in the top of the first inning, one in the fourth, fifth and sixth and four in the eighth against Sussex. The Cardinals scored a solo run in the bottom of the first inning and one more in the home half of the eighth.
Sussex finished with eight hits. Jim Kais went 3 for 4 for the Cardinals, scoring once. Seth Kroenke scored the other run on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ghelfi.
Travis Thompson was the losing pitcher. He allowed 11 hits, striking out six. Darin Leveraus pitched the final one and two thirds for the Cardinals, the No. 2 seeded team in the LOL West after regular-season play.
Jeff Lueck, formerly of Menomonee Falls, went 3 for 3 with three runs scored for Brookfield.
Jason Rutz, Kris Franzen, Scott Booth and Brandon Reddinger each had two hits for the Bulldogs.
Josh Eidt was the winning pitcher for the Bulldogs. He allowed one earned run. Mark Erickson also pitched.
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