Greenfield - New Berlin Eisenhower scored touchdowns off two costly Greenfield turnovers in the first half and rode a stout defensive effort to a 15-7 Woodland Conference victory at home Friday night.
A promising opening drive for Greenfield came to a halt when an errant halfback pitch from Tyler Laverdure was recovered deep in Eisenhower territory.
Eisenhower quarterback John Crowley immediately found tight end Dylan Petre for a 36-yard pass down the middle and running back Anthony Stewart put the Lions on the board moments later with a 6-yard touchdown run. Stewart bulled his way in for the two-point conversion to give Eisenhower an 8-0 first-quarter lead.
The turnover disparity was not lost on Greenfield head coach Scott Otto, who saw his team fall to 4-4 overall and 4-3 in conference despite outgaining the Lions, 277-266.
"We ran for 240 yards and scored seven points," said Otto. "The turnovers were huge and credit to them, they were able to take advantage. They caught us a couple of times with the pass, and that was enough tonight."
The Lions (6-2, 5-2) would cash in even more quickly on Greenfield's second turnover. Following a Laverdure interception that gave Eisenhower the ball at its own 17-yard-line, Crowley executed a picture perfect play-action fake, finding receiver Nick Holicek for an 83-yard touchdown pass and a 15-0 second-quarter lead.
The Lions set up their play-action with 122 rushing yards, and Crowley finished 6 of 12 for 218 yards and the long touchdown through the air.
Both teams struggled to move the ball in the second half until a late drive capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Zach Truss drew Greenfield to within 15-7 with 1:43 remaining in the game. Truss and Lavardure combined for 168 yards on the ground.
However, Eisenhower was able to recover Greenfield's onside kick attempt and ran the clock out to secure the victory.
Greenfield enters the final week of the season needing a victory at home against New Berlin West on Oct. 14 to guarantee a playoff berth. A 4-4 conference mark could still make the playoffs, however.
Despite the loss, Otto was encouraged by the way the Hawks finished the game.
"I was happy with the way the kids battled, coming down on that drive at the end," he said. "We need to take care of New Berlin West next week and see where we are."
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