Monday, September 20, 2010

More from Friday's FB Victory!

from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH19, Mukwonago 3
Crusaders find knockout punch
Second half surge improves CMH to 4-0

By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – It definitely wasn’t the early knockout that the Catholic Memorial High School football team had been used to this season, but coach Bill Young was more than satisfied to come away with a unanimous decision on Friday. After a first half in which each team collected a field goal, the Crusaders came out in the second half and completely dominated on both sides of the ball against Mukwonago on their way to a 19-3 Classic 8 Conference victory over the Indians.

Memorial, now 2-0 in conference and 4-0 overall, had outscored its first three opponents by a combined margin of 126-21. However, after Mukwonago upset Arrowhead 27-17 last Friday, Young knew his squad would be in for a battle this week. “I told the kids that this was going to be a 15-round fight,” Young said. “The teams were going to be exchanging punches all night and you were going to see who was getting tired towards the 10th, 11th and 12th rounds. “I think we were just able to keep banging away tonight and were able to lean on our O-line and our running backs in that second half.”

Behind Memorial’s imposing offensive line of senior tackles Zach Degner (6-foot-2, 277 pounds) and Nick Olson (6-2, 260), senior guards Eric Alfuth (6-1, 250) and Matt Baldwin (6-0, 247) and junior center Caleb Krause (6-2, 270), Crusaders senior fullback Pete Karczewski ran for 123 yards on 17 carries – including 87 yards on just nine attempts in the second half.

“It was just all about execution,” Karczewski said. “Our line really stepped up and they just kept pushing them back and back. “I think it also just took a while to figure out where all their linebackers were coming from.” Karczewski’s longest run and the “punch” that sent the Indians reeling and gave Memorial the lead for good at 10-3 was a 38-yard touchdown run with 2:31 to play in the third quarter. On a play that began as a run up the middle, Karczewski simply ran over a Mukwonago defender at the 27-yard line before breaking to the outside and outrunning the remainder of the Indians defense down the left sideline.

The touchdown came on the first play of Memorial’s third series of the second half, which began at the Indians’ 38-yard line thanks to a short Mukwonago punt and an 11-yard return by senior Broc Kocour. On the Crusaders’ next possession, Kocour came up big again – hauling in an 18-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Dominic Zanoni with 9:29 remaining in the fourth quarter to cap a six-play, 59-yard scoring drive. Kocour helped set up the score himself with a 26-yard reception three plays earlier.

The Indians, who fell to 1-1 in conference and 2-2 overall, found themselves at a huge disadvantage all game long when it came to field position. Of the Indians’ nine offensive possessions, four started inside the 12-yard line with an average starting field position of the 15. Mukwonago’s best starting field position was at its own 23, and that came on their final series of the game.

“Our defense stepped up and really set us with some great field position,” Karczewski said. Conversely, Memorial started three of its nine drives in Indians’ territory and had an average starting field position of its own 42. When two of Mukwonago’s kick returners bumped into one another at their own 1-yard line following Kocour’s touchdown and the returner with the ball was knocked to the ground, the Indians started that series at their own 1-yard line. Two plays later, Memorial sophomore safety Matt Hubley came in on a blitz and sacked Mukwonago senior quarterback Derek Hasanoglu in the end zone for a safety.

“All week in practice we kept working on chasing the quarterback for when he scrambles and I think we did a good job of that tonight,” Hubley said. Memorial senior defensive end Cody Gardetto also spent a good portion of the game in the Indians’ backfield – helping hold Hasanoglu to just 20 net yards rushing on 14 attempts.... (click here to read the rest of the article)

Katie Derksen/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial junior Casey Townsend runs during the Crusaders’ 19-3 Classic 8 Conference victory over Mukwonago on Friday.

Scenes from Friday courtesy of Jerry Noll.

The Bodden family with its present, and future, Crusaders!

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