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Muskego football team grinds out opening victory over Racine Park

Warriors roll up 396 ground yards

Aug. 25, 2014

Traditional Muskego power football proved to be too much for Racine Park in the 2014 season opener Aug. 22.

The Warriors collected 396 yards — all on the ground — in dispatching Park 57-6 at Racine Horlick Field.

James Schwabe led the way, totaling 143 yards on 12 carries for an average of 11.9 yards per attempt and tallying three touchdowns.

Ayden Malcomson also topped the 100-yard mark, rushing for 101 yards on 10 carries (average of 10.1), and scored one touchdown.

Colin O'Neil chipped in with 43 yards and a score, while Brett Finke added 36 yards and a touchdown; Ryan Borton 26 yards and a touchdown; and Jacob Aperi 18 yards.

All told, Muskego averaged 8.6 yards every time someone touched the ball.

Familiar formula

"We are Muskego," said head coach Ken Krause. "We always seem to have a good line and good running backs, so we just pound away at you."

It helps that the Warriors return four starters on their offensive line in seniors Evan Borchardt, Baili Leszczynski, Sam King and Kai Pham, and that the fifth starter, junior Ryan Tobin, is also solid.

The tight ends, juniors Ryan Albee and Erik Henkel, helped the running game as well, as they greatly improved in their blocking, Krause said.

Such was Muskego's dominance on the ground that quarterbacks Jeff Schweitzer and Caleb Wagner only had to attempt four passes on the evening, completing none.

O'Neil opened the scoring with a 38-yard run with 5 minutes, 42 seconds left in the first quarter; then Schwabe tallied from 5 yards out at the end of the period for a quick 14-0 lead.

Schwabe scored on an 11-yard run, Finke tallied from 10 yards out and Schwabe came back with a 59-yard touchdown sprint as the Warriors went up 34-0 at the half.

Borton, Malcomson and AJ Spychala all scored in the second half as Muskego completed the rout.

Defensively, Borton, Finke and Brandon Bhatti tallied three tackles apiece, while Brady West, Noah Jansen, Austin Lambrecht and Sam White each notched two tackles for Muskego, which held Park to 157 total yards and eight first downs.

Warriors worked hard

Krause had been expecting a strong season from his team.

"The kids worked hard in the weight room this year," he said, "and they were able to physically dominate. Also, the kids understand our scheme well on offense."

Muskego now faces a much more difficult test when it welcomes Oconomowoc at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, in its home opener.

Oconomowoc dropped a 14-7 decision to Kettle Moraine last week, managing just 113 yards of offense, but is traditionally a strong program that made the WIAA playoffs last season.

"This is our first home game, so we're excited about that," Krause said.

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