Falls football team celebrates homecoming with 49-3 thumping of Tosa East
Indians move past Hamilton loss
The Menomonee Falls football team was irritated and annoyed by the distressing thumping that arch-rival Sussex Hamilton had laid on it the previous week.
So the Indians made sure that they would put that defeat in the rear-view mirror and have an enjoyable homecoming, as they scored 42 of their 49 points in the first half en route to an easy 49-3 demolition of Wauwatosa East on Friday.
"We played very well," Indians coach John Baker said. "We'd had two big-time games in a row (the win over Brookfield Central before the loss to Hamilton) and we had squandered opportunities the week before (against Hamilton). You play a bad game, that happens, so we strapped it on and stepped it up this night."
With the victory, the Indians improved to 3-1 in Greater Metro Conference play and 5-1 overall. They are tied for second with Central (3-1, 5-1) just behind Marquette (4-0, 5-1). They visit West Allis Central (0-4, 0-6) at 7 p.m. Friday before their two season-deciding home games on Oct. 11 against Brookfield East and on Oct. 18 vs. Marquette.
"The idea right now is to build some momentum and keep everyone healthy," Baker said. "...We feel we control our own destiny."
The Indians' mental health was taken care of in short order against Tosa East, as they scored 21 points in each of the first two quarters. Falls, which would rush for 396 yards on 49 carries as a team (8.1 per try) got one first quarter TD run from Bryce McMurtry (17 yards) and two others from Christian Almonte (seven yards each).
In the second stanza, Falls saw McMurty go over from 13 yards out and then had quarterback Adam Vechart got into the act twice, racing in from eight yards and 20 yards out, respectively.
In the second half, back-up Boyd Sansone ran in from nine yards out.
Baker was very pleased with the work of his offensive line, citing the efforts of senior tackles Cody Marienthal and Trayvon Handy, and senior guards Jackie DeWalt, Ian Marks and Mitch Oinas as well as junior center Peter Navin. He also cited senior tight end Daniel Dahlke for fine work on edge plays.
"They're constantly competing with one another," Baker said of the line. "They're a senior-dominated unit and they play very physically. Our senior leadership has been very good overall."
Almonte finished with 170 yards on 20 carries while Vechart had 109 yards on seven tries. McMurtry ran for 40 yards on four tries.
A down moment for the Indians was the realization that senior defensive back and wide receiver Jason Precia is lost for the season with a broken arm.
Baker was pleased with the overall effort.
"We really wanted to get back to basics," he said. "Clean up the fundamentals on our blocking. Things that we had gotten away from. Our execution was much better. And our defensive (squad) did a good job, too. We had been giving up some big plays the previous two weeks and we stopped that this week."
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