Hawks lose 14-7 battle to Rockets on gridiron
Greenfield must run table to reach the playoffs
Greenfield - Other than the outcome, a 14-7 loss, there wasn't much Greenfield football head coach Scott Otto would change about Friday's game against South Milwaukee.
"It was just a good football game between two evenly-matched teams," Otto said. "It was a typical Greenfield-South Milwaukee game. Our kids played hard; it wasn't for lack of effort or not being prepared."
The loss left the Hustlin' Hawks in a tight spot in their bid for a second straight WIAA playoff spot. They slipped to 2-4 on the season and need to win their final two contests to even be considered for the playoffs.
Those games are at home at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 against Brown Deer (4-2), which dropped Whitnall, 34-13, last week, and at Wauwatosa West (5-1), which routed New Berlin Eisenhower, 42-0.
Otto said that every team that has beaten the Hawks so far this season, plus their final two opponents, could all make the playoffs.
"We are right on the cusp," he continued. "We are able to compete with the Pewaukees and the Greendales, but are not quite able to finish. We'll keep battling, though."
The Friday game against the Rockets (3-3) was scoreless at the half after a missed 37-yard field goal by Greenfield late in the second quarter.
The Hawks put together a strong 75-yard, 13-play march in the third quarter that was capped by an 18-yard scoring run by Reggie Blakely, who notched his fifth touchdown in the past two games.
Joey Hannah kicked the extra point and Greenfield was up 7-0.
Greenfield then tried to catch the Rockets off guard, going with an onside kick after the touchdown. The Hawks recovered at the South Milwaukee 47-yard line but went three-and-out.
"We didn't use the momentum we had," Otto said.
The Rockets then tallied twice in the final period. A punt return by Evan Marlowe set up a 40-yard drive that resulted in a 10-yard scoring run by Justin Oliden.
Later, South Milwaukee went on a grinding, 14-play, 80-yard march that ate up about eight minutes and ended with Allen Walter's 10-yard touchdown reception from Oliden.
With the Rockets playing keepaway like that, the Hawks were able to run only six plays in the fourth period.
Otto was pleased with his team's defense, which held South Milwaukee to 177 net yards, and with the fact that the Hawks had no turnovers until the final minute.
Quarterback Jeremy Swider passed for 37 yards, but the Hawks were not able to get their ground game going, totaling just 96 yards.
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!
- Jared McGranahan happy to be Whitnall's new football coach
- Whitnall softball team off to perfect start
- Sports Shorts: April 17
- Football: Whitnall hires new varsity football coach
- Deep Whitnall softball squad has high hopes for 2014 season
- Strong returnees boost Greenfield softball team
- Sports Shorts: April 10
- Whitnall girls track and field team wins Cedarburg Invite
- Greenfield boys track and field takes ninth to open season
- Whitnall girls rallied after slow season start