Falls football team cruises to 42-0 home-opening win over East
Indians open GMC play at Hale
The booster club's great $3 all-you-can-eat hot dog and corn roast was still in full swing and everyone was getting settled in for the Menomonee Falls football team's home opener against West Bend East on Friday.
But before anyone could even issue a satisfied burp, the Indians had a 35-0 first half lead and then cruised to their second straight nonconference win of the season, 42-7.
"It was a great first half as the kids really stayed focused," Indians coach John Baker said. "We scored on the first series and then we just went from there. The second half proved a great opportunity to get a lot of kids playing time. I think we were able to get everybody in."
Falls, which was building off the encouraging 16-10 victory over defending Southeast Conference champion Oak Creek the week before, now prepares to jump right into Greater Metro Conference play when it visits West Allis Hale (0-2) at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Huskies have had a challenging schedule so far, falling to 2012 WIAA State Division 1 state semifinalist Lake Geneva Badger, 28-14, in its opener and then getting thumped by North Shore Conference co-favorite Cedarburg, 42-0, on Friday but Baker is not taking them lightly.
"I've really liked how our guys have gotten better week to week," Baker said. "We begin our conference season in a tough way with Hale and then Brookfield Central (at home on Sept. 13) and we just want to keep improving."
The Indians beat the Huskies, 21-7, last season.
As indicated, Falls got on the board quickly against East (0-2), as quarterback Adam Vechart finished off a drive with a 1-yard run. A few series later, sophomore Bryce McMurtry got on the board with a 4-yard run to make it 14-0 at the quarter.
The defense got into the action early in the second quarter as sophomore outside linebacker Ty Weber made a good read and dropped into the flat where he picked off an errant pass and returned it 40 yards for a score and a 21-0 lead.
The rest of the half belonged to McMurtry as he raced in from 25 yards and then from 10 to make it 35-0 at the break. It gave McMurtry a good percentage for the evening, five carries for 52 yards, with three going for scores. He also had two catches for 35 yards.
Junior Dontrell Handy finished off the scoring for Falls in the third quarter with a 1-yard run as the running clock was put in order.
Team roll up yards
Baker, the old college offensive lineman, was pleased with the push he got from his group, as the Falls rushed for 239 yards as Christian Almonte had seven carries for 76 yards and Vechart added six tries for 50 yards.
"The line played well as a group," Baker said, "and of course, Adam (Vechart) did a great job running the offense. He has shown just great leadership so far."
Vechart also hit six-of-eight passes for 97 yards as Jason Precia had two catches for 40 yards and Almonte two for 22. Baker remains impressed with the high-level multitasking that Precia engages in as he is a combination receiver/defensive back and kick returner.
"I can't say enough about the work he does," Baker said.
Falls held the Suns to 149 total yards on the night.
"I thought our coaches did a great job of preparation this week," Baker said. "Jamie (Doyle) on offense and Erich (Rutsch) on defense. The kids were just ready to go."
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