West Allis Hale football hangs with powerful Hamilton
Strong defense keeps Huskies going, but not enough to win
With the defense leading the way, the West Allis Hale football team gave Sussex Hamilton a battle from beginning to end on Friday night.
The Chargers, who are 3-2 in the Greater Metro Conference and are fighting for a WIAA playoff berth, did pull out a 14-7 victory, but they knew they had been in a game.
"I was very pleased overall with our kids' effort," head coach Brandon Ehret said. "We stressed being a competitor with our boys, and I think they showed that fire on the field for four quarters. Sussex has shown itself to be one of the top teams in this conference, and we had our chances."
Ehret particularly cited the Huskies' defense, which held Hamilton to 221 total yards, less than Hale's 253.
All-state running back Drew Patterson did come up with 160 yards on the night, but the Huskies made him work for them, with 32 tough carries.
"Our defensive front (Andrew Elliott, Jordan Plantiko, Cody Schumitsch and Charles Williams) played a very physical football game," Ehret continued. "The kids believed in our scheme and did a great job executing. Patterson is one of the better running backs in the state of Wisconsin and the kids did a pretty good job limiting him."
Jordan Riche led with 11 tackles, while Jake Gruichich totaled eight tackles and forced a fumble. Sophomores Dominick O'Brion and Williams each had seven tackles, with O'Brion posting three tackles for loss.
Ehret said the Huskies also moved the ball well but could not cash in on opportunities.
"We need to learn how to finish and get it done," he said.
Nate Scherer led the way with 81 yards of total offense, 56 receiving and 25 rushing. Joe Werner led the rushing attack with 42 yards, while Sam Michalski hauled in a 48-yard pass and Jason Palesse another of 33 yards.
Quarterback Joe Jo Breznik completed 8-of-16 passing for 109 yards and Jeff Schubert scored the lone touchdown on a 9-yard run in the second quarter.
The Huskies slipped to 1-4 in the GMC and 1-6 overall. They next welcome Wauwatosa East (1-4, 2-5) at 7 p.m. Oct. 11.
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