Muskego football crushes mistake-prone Vincent
Warriors convert five fumbles into scores
Going into the first game of the 2013 season against Milwaukee Vincent on Friday night, Muskego head football coach Ken Krause wanted his new starters to get some valuable experience.
"We have eight returning starters," Krause said, "and (quarterback) Jeff Schweitzer was injured the whole year (in 2012). He needed to get under the lights, and I thought every series he got better and better. He got more and more confident.
"I thought our offensive line — we only have two returning starters — needed to play under the lights, and I thought they got better as well. We needed to play tonight to get those 15 kids who haven't ever started an opportunity to play."
Not only did they get a chance to play, many of them had opportunities to either recover fumbles or score touchdowns.
The Warriors did both with stunning regularity in a 68-0 blowout of Vincent, turning five first-half fumbles into scores to take a 61-0 halftime lead.
Started with drive
Muskego started the game with a fairly typical 64-yard scoring drive as fullback Peter Roy and backfield mate Frank Schroyer carried the ball steadily downfield. Roy bulled over from two yards for the touchdown and Jacob Arndt connected on the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
After a short Vincent punt, the Warriors took over at the Vikings' 30-yard line, overcoming a holding penalty and converting a fourth-and-7 en route to Roy's second touchdown, a 4-yard burst up the middle.
The kick made it 14-0 with 4 minutes, 55 seconds left in the first quarter.
Things then started to become steadily stranger.
Vincent then fumbled on its own 14, with Muskego's Brett Finke recovering. Two plays later, Schroyer scored from the 13, and the kick put the Warriors up 21-0 with 3:13 left.
The Vikings then fumbled the kickoff return on their 21, and on the next play, Schweitzer hit tight end Jake Ozbirn for the score. Muskego went ahead 28-0 with 2:57 remaining.
Incredibly, Vincent once again fumbled the ensuing kickoff return, with the Warriors' Jonathan Schulte falling on the ball at the 15. One play later, running back Jack Bloomer tallied up the middle, and the kick made it 35-0 with 2:46 to play in the first.
The comedy of errors continued as the Vikings fumbled on their 10, with Zach Lasak recovering for Muskego. Schweitzer found Roy with a scoring pass on the next play, and it became 42-0 with 56 seconds left in the quarter.
The sequence reached almost unbelievable levels when Vincent fumbled for a fifth time, with Ryan Evans recovering on the 22. This time, Muskego took two plays to score, with Bloomer going over from 3 yards with 26 seconds left in the first.
To recap, Muskego scored five touchdowns on seven plays in the span of 2:47 to go up 49-0 after one period.
"They (the Vikings) definitely shot themselves in the foot and gave us really good field position," Krause said. "I'm just glad that even though we were on the 10 or 12, we responded a lot of times by scoring on the first play. We didn't struggle to score; we just pounded it in."
Some of the starters took a seat at the start of the second quarter, but Krause said they gained the experience they needed.
"We ran a couple of different passes, we ran almost all our main runs," he said. "We got a chance to run our main stuff, so I felt good about that."
The running clock went into effect at the start of the second period, but that did not stop Muskego from scoring on a 3-yard run by Schulte and a 60-yard punt return by Brandon Bhatti.
The final touchdown came from Evan Jahnke in the third quarter.
Muskego used four quarterbacks: Schweitzer, Brandon Glandt, Caleb Wagner and Jack Sarnowski.
The Warriors will make a huge jump in quality of opposition this week when they visit Oconomowoc at 7 p.m. Friday.
"They're really good; they're the real deal," Krause said of the Raccoons. "That's going to be a great game. They would fit in our (Classic 8) conference really well."
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