The Menomonee Falls football team decided they wouldn’t wait long to strike first in Friday’s 28-7 victory over the West Bend East Suns.
The Indians defense showed they could awe the crowd as well when senior lineman Jared Bratchett sacked East quarterback Zach Lemke for a loss of three yards and more importantly forced the Suns to punt.
Luckily for Falls, sophomore Christian Almonte, who had 91 rushing yards last week against Slinger, filled in nicely for the Indians.
“Losing Otis hurt a lot,” Krause said. “We’ve got some younger guys stepping up and thankfully they were able to step up.”
Almonte managed just 21 yards on the ground, but helped the Indians wear the Suns down throughout the game.
Falls head coach John Baker said his team fought well, but there’s always room for improvement.
“We have to be more aggressive upfront on the offensive line,” Baker said.
Last week, Falls as a team rushed for 258 yards total. On Friday, the Indians only produced 149 yards on the ground.
Late in the first quarter, East closed the gap as Lemke threw a 13-yard score to Brandon Herbst to slash Falls’ lead to a mere seven points.
“I was really proud of the guys,” Baker said. “Defense really stepped it up, so I’m really proud of the group effort.”
Falls made it a two-touchdown game when Krause connected with senior tight end Nic DeMore for a 26-yard score, which put the Indians up 21-7 going into the half.
Throughout the game, Lemke proved to be a thorn in Falls’ side. The Suns signal-caller ran the ball 23 times but only averaged 2.4 yards a carry, netting 56 yards total.
Senior linebacker James Ulicki sealed East’s fate with a fourth quarter sack.
“Our [defense] really came up big tonight,” Krause said. “That’s a pretty good West Bend East team, and they’re very experienced.”
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