Team unity helped Falls football team finish at 7-3 this season
Ground game was strong this fall
A sense of cohesiveness and energy allowed a reloading Menomonee Falls football team to contend for the Greater Metro Conference title and finish the season with a commendable 7-3 mark.
"It was a team that took a lot of pride in itself," Indians coach John Baker said. "It helped them win the games that it did. In several instances, they really went above and beyond."
Falls recently finished its season with a disappointing 25-24 WIAA Level 1 playoff loss to Fond du Lac. That effort came just a week after the Indians lost the GMC championship game to Marquette, 35-7.
Season's high points
Prior to that, there were several high points, including the season-opening 16-10 win over defending Southeast Conference champion Oak Creek and then three weeks later, the crazy 34-31 overtime victory over Brookfield Central in a key GMC battle. In that game, two-year starting quarterback Adam Vechart arguably put in his best effort completing nine-of-13 passes for 145 yards and two TDs.
Sophomore running back Bryce McMurtry scored the game-winner in overtime after the Falls defense had held the Lancers to a field goal.
"That was a phenomenal game," Baker said. "We really faced down some adversity there and finished well."
Vechart was one of several key leaders on offense for the Indians this fall including three-year starting running back Christian Almonte. Almonte, a state 100-meter dash finalist in track last spring, stayed healthy all fall and finished with an impressive 1,383 yards on 211 carries (6.6 ypc) with 19 TDs. He was an unanimous first-team All-GMC selection as well as an All-Region choice.
He got help up front from fellow seniors offensive lineman Cody Marienthal and Jackie DeWalt. Marienthal was a first-team All-GMC selection at tackle and was the undisputed leader on the line Baker said. Also providing help to the run game was the great play of all-conference and all-region tight end Daniel Dahlke.
Baker said that the team was able to run tight end sets for the first time in years because of the level of Dahlke's play.
Vechart would pass for 671 yards and three TDs this year and run for 646 yards and four TDs out of Falls' pistol formation set.
"I was really pleased with our run game this year," Baker said. "Jackie and Cody up front, and Adam was just a great leader. And it was so great that Christian was able to stay healthy this season. He had just a phenomenal year."
Falls would finish the year averaging an impressive 29.9 points per game.
The defense did the best it could this year, having to replace almost the entire starting lineup from a unit that paced the Indians to an excellent 2012 season. Falls would allow an average of 21.3 points per game.
"We had games where we were very solid, we just needed to be a little more consistent," Baker said. He said the Indians rotated five or six different people up front with nose guard Kendall Walker being the stand out and that helped keep them fresh. A young group of linebackers including Ty Weber, Tom Paul, Jacob Texeira and Tyler Simcock did some serious growing up as the season went along Baker added.
Baker said that Simcock, the second-leading tackler on the season, had a great fall.
The co-captains this year were Almonte, Vechart, two-year starting safety Jake Fuiten and Marienthal.
Though the lines will be young next year, Baker said there's still solid hope, building around McMurtry and the linebackers. The junior varsity was 7-2, and the freshmen 7-1-1.
Seniors included Fuiten, Derek Johnson, Vechart, Josh Tetzlaff, Zach Marohl, Brandon Reeves, Anthony Russo, Jake Shore, Jason Precia, Almonte, Brett Marohl, Wil Roscher, Levi Kierstyn, Alex Rynning, Adriaan Roscher, Ore Abioye, Justin Olson, Marienthal, Oinas, Ian Marks, DeWalt, Trayvon Handy, Dahlke and Walker.
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Falls' Optimists give $25,000 to CIC for HS facilities renovation project
- Menomonee Falls' wrestlers Crangle and Daly medal at state
- Boys basketball: Kettle Moraine adds to school-record win total
- Daly, Crangle, Higginbotham make semis in WIAA state wrestling
- Menomonee Falls wrestlers shatter records with seven state qualifiers
- Seiler takes two WIAA state seconds for Menomonee Falls swim co-op
- Falls wrestlers earn second straight team state tourney berth
- Falls wrestlers earn repeat berth to team state, hammer Tosa, 66-8
- SPORTS SHORTS
- Dramatic finish earns Falls wrestlers WIAA regional title