Arrowhead ends Muskego's football playoff hopes
Warriors strike late with 23 fourth-quarter points
The WIAA playoff hopes of the Muskego football team ended on Friday night, but the Warriors did not go down without a fight.
The Warriors lost a 39-23 decision to powerful Arrowhead at home but managed to make things respectable with a 23-point burst in the fourth quarter.
The loss dropped them to 2-4 in the Classic 8 Conference and 3-5 overall.
They close out the season at Mukwonago at 7 p.m. Friday, facing yet another rugged conference foe.
Despite the defeat, head coach Ken Krause was happy with his players' effort.
"I was proud of the kids," he said. "We played two state champions (Catholic Memorial and Arrowhead) back-to-back. At halftime, we had a conversation, and in the second half, their attitude was great. Also, the crowd was awesome. We had a big turnout and the people were really into the game."
Arrowhead, which leads the Classic 8 at 6-0 and has lost only to unbeaten Homestead, built a 39-0 halftime lead on Friday on two scores apiece from Ty Jager and Ricky Finco.
Muskego broke onto the scoreboard on a 1-yard run from Peter Roy with 7 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the game. Quarterback Jeff Schweitzer tallied on a two-point conversion run.
Jack Bloomer later scored on a 9-yard run and caught a two-point pass from Schweitzer to make it 39-16 with 2:22 left.
Roy scored again on a 10-yard run with 50 seconds left and Jacob Arndt kicked the extra point to close the scoring.
Roy tallied 127 yards on 25 carries, while Bloomer added 87 yards rushing. Schweitzer completed 4 of 9 passes for 103 yards.
Ryan Borton collected six tackles, with Austin Lambrecht and Turner Kehoe each adding three tackles.
With the late rush, the Warriors out-gained Arrowhead for the game, 296 yards to 295.
"I am as proud of these kids as I was of any of our playoff teams," Krause said.
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