Although the Greenfield football team did not exactly steamroll its way into the WIAA playoffs, the fact remains that the Hustlin' Hawks are in the field, and they hope to take advantage of that.
The Hawks dropped their regular-season finale 27-17 to Pius XI on Oct. 17 at Wisconsin Lutheran College, and they finished the campaign at 3-6 with a four-game losing streak.
They were 3-3 in the official Woodland Conference standings, however, and that gave them a ticket to the Division 2 tournament.
Lost close ones
Head coach Scott Otto said Greenfield lost some close games this season, including two to the Popes. The Hawks fell 25-13 in an early-season matchup to Pius.
They also lost 23-20 to East Division champion South Milwaukee on a last-second play.
"We're 3-6, and you are what your record says," Otto said, "but we could easily be a 6-3 team."
The Hawks will visit Waterford (7-2) at 7 p.m. Friday in a first-round contest.
"(Waterford) is strong and a tri-champion in the Southern Lakes Conference," Otto said. "They (the Wolverines) run the ball well, and their defense is solid. They have played some lower-scoring games this season.
"We think our strengths match up well with their weaknesses and we think we can score on them. We are excited and ready to go."
Against Pius XI in the Oct. 17 Woodland crossover game, Greenfield grabbed a 17-6 advantage on scoring runs of 1 and 3 yards by quarterback Jeremy Swider and a 35-yard field goal from Joey Hannah.
The Popes came back as quarterback Joe Blando ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw to James Arnold for another.
Swider passed for 53 yards and ran for 47 more, while Tyler Dorfner collected 82 rushing yards. Weston Strasser caught a 49-yard pass and Isiah Santiago one for 34 yards.
Early injuries hurt
Otto said his team lost starting center Erik Wozniak and starting cornerback Joey Badora to injuries early in the contest.
"We were shuffling kids around all night," he said. "We were up 17-6, and things didn't go our way, but give credit to Pius as well.
"This was about the fifth game this season in which we were leading or close at the half and couldn't hold the lead."
Now the Hawks will see what they can do against Waterford.
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