The unstoppable duo of quarterback Sam Brick and receiver Andrew Brees were too much for the Whitnall Falcons as the Greendale football team posted a 52-21 home victory Friday.
Brick set school records with six touchdown passes and 342 yards on 14-for-25 passing. Brees hauled in three of those touchdowns as part of an eight-catch, 204-yard night.
"I never thought I'd have a six-touchdown game," Brick said. "It all starts up front with the offensive line. Whitnall's defense is hard to block."
Brick also led all players with 80 rushing yards on 19 carries with a touchdown as the Panthers pulled one game ahead of Whitnall into first place in the Woodland Black Division standings. With two games remaining, Greendale is 6-1 overall, 5-1 conference; Whitnall dipped to 4-3, 4-2.
"(First place) is where we want to be," said Greendale defensive lineman Jordan Campbell, who had 1.5 of the Panthers' seven sacks. "Now we just have to finish the job."
Whitnall pulled within 24-21 after completing a 10-play, 80-yard drive to start the second half. Quarterback Joel Stave, who finished 22-for-39 with 242 yards and two touchdowns (and one rushing), rolled to his right and threw on the run to Ben Schaefer, who hauled in the pass for a 20-yard touchdown.
But Greendale scored 28 unanswered points, starting immediately with the ensuing drive as Brick completed three-of-four passes - all to Brees - for 70 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown pass with 4 minutes, 43 seconds left in the third. Brees' extra-point kick made it 31-21.
Brick added a 10-yard touchdown run, a 26-yard touchdown pass to Brees and a 23-yard touchdown pass to Kennedy Ringelberg to cap his record-setting night.
Stave, who was pressured all night and sacked five times in the first half, showed that when given time he is as impressive as any signal-caller around. That was evident at the end of the first half when he engineered a 2-minute drill (actually 2:20) to march 80 yards on 9-of-11 passing for 76 yards and one rush for 4 yards. He lofted a 16-yard touchdown pass to Joey Kitten with 4.3 seconds left to pull Whitnall within 24-14.
"Joel Stave is awesome, awesome, awesome," Greendale coach Rob Stoltz said. "That's the difference between him and other quarterbacks. They get hit and start to get down; he gets hit and he keeps looking up field."
The Panthers' win avenged a 21-20 loss to the Falcons last fall, Whitnall's first win over Greendale in a decade.
"It feels real good, especially after what happened last year," Brick said.
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