Special teams, defense key as Menomonee Falls football team beats WBE, 34-10
Game with Hale starts GMC season
Special teams provided a big boost for the Menomonee Falls football team, which scored 20 unanswered fourth quarter points in pulling away from West Bend East to claim its first victory of the season with a 34-10 decision Aug. 29.
Coach John Baker said the big break occurred early in the fourth when Jeff Marohl blocked a punt and Tyler Simcock recovered it. A short time later, Michael Bowe raced in from 15 yards out to make the score 20-10, and the Indians were on their way.
Ben Knudsen followed that with a 1-yard rush for a score in the final minute; Dontrell Handy ran in from 32 yards out to put the finishing touches on the win.
"Our special teams, especially our return and cover teams, had a solid game," Baker said. "This was a good win. We needed to get some momentum heading into the Greater Metro (Conference season), and it was also a nice way to respond after that tough opening game (a 20-10 loss to Oak Creek)."
The Indians will host West Allis Hale in its GMC season opener at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. The Huskies are also 1-1 on the season having routed Milwaukee Morse-Marshall, 48-0, on Aug. 29. They lost to Lake Geneva Badger by a 17-7 count in their opener.
"That's a pretty good squad we're going to be facing," Baker said. "They're coming to our place, so it would be nice to get off to a good start (in the conference race) because I think the league is going to be really balanced this year."
Falls' strong fourth quarter against East (0-2) made up for the sluggish start the team had. The Suns' large offensive line (Baker thought they averaged about 275 pounds a man) controlled play in the first half, and thanks to one key Indian turnover, allowed Falls to run just seven offensive plays in the first 24 minutes.
"We just made a lot of mistakes and did not help ourselves," Baker said.
An 84-yard run for score by quarterback Bryce McMurtry tied the score at 7-7 midway through the second quarter, but then the Indians fumbled a punt and the Suns notched a go-ahead 23-yard field goal just as the half ended to make it 10-7.
The return game helped the Indians take the lead for good in the third quarter, however, as Mike Conrady ran the second-half kickoff all the way to the East 35-yard line. From there, Falls was able to punch it in on a 5-yard run by Brandon Kivisto.
"Our defense also started playing faster in the second half," Baker said. "It's all part of being a young team. Sometimes you don't know what you're going to get."
Falls held East to just 116 total yards, including just 91 on the ground on 32 tries.
Meanwhile, McMurtry ran for 115 yards on eight rushes and got help from Handy (47 yards on five carries) and Bowe (46 on seven).
"Game three is coming up," Baker said. "School will be starting, and the kids will be ready for the regular season."
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