Greenfield tallies rare victory
Hawks finally top Lions in rout; Falcons lose to Rockets
Greenfield — Though it is not the most important drought first-year Greenfield football coach Scott Otto and his Hustlin' Hawks hoped to end this fall, they will take it.
The Hawks, who had their playoff hopes dashed with a one-point loss to Wauwatosa West one week earlier, beat New Berlin Eisenhower for the first time since 1998 when they posted a 41-14 road win Friday.
It was the most points scored for Greenfield since 2004.
Greenfield, which has not been to the playoffs since 2002, improved to 2-6 overall in the conference. The Hawks were to conclude their season against St. Thomas More on Wednesday, after press deadline.
Eisenhower fell to 3-5 overall, 3-4 in the conference and entered this week in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
"I don't care what anyone says, Eisenhower never has a down year," Otto said. "Greendale and Eisenhower are the two (elite) teams in this conference, and Pewaukee is becoming one. Coming from the Greater Metro Conference, I'd compare this to beating Marquette or Brookfield Central. It's a really nice win for the program."
It was the second impressive victory for the Hawks this season. They also downed Whitnall, 38-33, in late September, but close losses - to Cudahy, South Milwaukee and Wauwatosa West, a 13-12 affair - has Greenfield on the outside looking in again when it comes to the playoffs.
"The difference was against Eisenhower we had no turnovers, Whitnall we had one and Tosa West we had seven," Otto said. "When you turn the ball over seven times, you're not going to beat anybody. We missed an extra point, we missed a field goal and we missed a two-point conversion (against West)."
Joining the 1,000-yard club
Senior running back Jason Katrichis continued his impressive season, surpassing 1,000 yards for the season - one of just three backs in the NOW area to do so - with a 25-carry, 248-yard effort with five touchdowns, including a 76-yard run to paydirt late in the fourth quarter.
"Jason's definitely the horse, but the offensive line came together and played very, very well, considering we have one senior on the offensive line," Otto said. "When you get close to 500 yards (actually 466) of offense, you're doing something right.
"The good thing about (Katrichis) is he's had his best games against the best teams. Not too many people knew about him, but he's real special, real talented."
Greenfield senior linebacker Matt Brendemihl had nine tackles and fellow senior linebacker Dalton Andrew had 7.5.
Whitnall's recent troubles
The Whitnall Falcons suffered consecutive losses for the first time this season when they fell, 36-14, to visiting South Milwaukee on Friday.
But an even bigger loss was that of senior wide receiver Ben Schaefer, who suffered a torn knee ligament and is out for the remainder of the season. Schaefer had 37 catches for 670 yards with four touchdowns this season.
"He's one of my favorite all-time players," Whitnall coach Rob Leboeuf said. "It breaks my heart to see any kid get hurt, much less a kid that puts what he has into the program. When he went down, our heads went down and we didn't play very hard after that."
Schaefer was one of six injured starters not expected to play in Whitnall's regular season finale against Brown Deer on Wednesday, after press deadline. Those injured players are also in danger of missing the Falcons' first-round playoff game Tuesday, should Whitnall earn a berth.
On the bubble
The Falcons entered this week 4-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference. Teams with winning league records are guaranteed spots in the playoffs; teams with .500 records qualify but only get in based on the number of other teams state-wide with above-.500 winning percentages.
"We're in control of our own destiny," Leboeuf said Monday. "We're hoping to get into (Division 3); maybe then we'll be on even ground.
"We're banged up. We don't have a lot of kids to begin with. We don't have the luxury of being able to spell a lot of kids. We're down to about 25 guys that can practice. It's been a difficult year with the injuries."
Junior wide receiver Stephen Pelkofer hauled in 11 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown against South Milwaukee and became the school's single-season record holder in receptions with 40. Quarterback Joel Stave completed half of his 42 pass attempts for 250 yards.
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