Late field goal trips up Muskego football
Warriors rally twice in fourth quarter before falling
Legendary Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi once said that his team did not lose a game — it simply ran out of time.
Muskego head coach Ken Krause could say much the same thing after a tough 31-28 defeat at the hands of Waukesha South on Friday night.
The Warriors gamely battled back from one-touchdown deficits to tie the score twice in the fourth quarter, but South had one more scoring drive left, ending with a 42-yard field goal.
That came with just four seconds remaining, so Muskego had no chance for a third comeback.
Made coach proud
"I am proud of the resiliency we showed," Krause said. "The kids gave everything they had, and South is a much-improved team from last year."
Muskego fell to 0-1 in the Classic 8 Conference and 1-2 overall heading into a game at Waukesha West at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Wolverines are coming off a thrilling 45-44 overtime victory over Mukwonago on Sept. 5. Elijah Fort collected 157 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns, including the game-winning 7-yard effort.
Quarterback Conor Blount passed for 238 yards and one score.
"We just have to dig deeper and work harder this week," Krause said.
The Warriors led South 14-6 going into the fourth period of Friday's game before Pitchford tallied on a 1-yard run. The Blackshirts converted a two-point pass as well to tie the game at 14-14.
Pitchford scored on a 37-yard run to put South ahead, but Muskego roared back with a drive that ended on a 1-yard scoring run by fullback Peter Roy. The extra point by Jacob Arndt tied the game at 21-21 with 3 minutes, 1 second left.
South's Mikal Merriweather ran the kickoff back 80 yards, and the point after put the Blackshirts up 28-21 with 2:50 left.
Again the Warriors rallied, scoring on another 1-yard burst by Roy. Arndt's kick made it 28-28 with 2:03 remaining.
South mounted a final drive, however, and Pitchford connected on his winning field goal.
Call hurt Muskego
That drive featured a crucial call that cost the Warriors. After quarterback Cannon Cooley was pressured and fell down behind the line of scrimmage, one of the Muskego players touched him down and was called for a late hit.
The 15-yard penalty gave South a first down and kept the drive alive.
Roy enjoyed another strong game with 141 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns, while Jack Bloomer collected 88 yards and Frank Schroyer 53 yards and two scores.
"Our offensive line did a great job blocking for us," Krause said, "and our three runners all had nice games."
Quarterback Jeff Schweitzer hit 4 of 8 passes for 90 yards, including two to Schroyer for 54 yards.
Defensively, both Austin Lambrecht and Zach Lasak totaled six tackles.
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