Sunday, October 10, 2010

Homecoming was a success!

Walkathon -- Success!
Pep Rally -- Success!
PowderPuff Football Game -- Success!
Homecoming Game -- Success!
Homecoming Dance -- Success!

Now I am going to take week long trip to Europe for the diaconate ordination of Milwaukee Seminarian Kevin Barnekow at the American College of Louvain.

But, here is some coverage of the Homecoming victory from the Waukesha Freeman --

CMH pulls away in second half
South stays close for awhile

By Chris Patterson Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Speed on the perimeter kept the Waukesha South High School football team close for a half Friday.

However, speed and power up the middle enabled Catholic Memorial to pull away in the final two quarters.

Rolling up 204 yards rushing in the second half, the Crusaders broke open a tight three-point game at the half with two secondhalf touchdowns to post a 30-14 Classic 8 Conference victory over South at Carroll University.

The victory made Memorial, 4-1 in conference and 6-1 overall, playoff eligible and also kept the Crusaders tied for first atop the Classic 8 with Arrowhead and Waukesha West.

It was also an important “bounce-back” victory for the Crusaders, who suffered their first loss of the season the previous week against West.

“After last week, coach just told us that everything happens for a reason, to let it go and just play football,” Memorial senior fullback Pete Karczewski said. “I think we came out tonight and played some football.”

Behind Memorial’s offensive line of senior tackles Zach Degner and Nick Olson, senior guards Matt Baldwin and Eric Alfuth and junior center Caleb Krause, Karczewski pounded the South defense for a game-high 132 yards rushing on 26 carries – including 84 yards on 13 attempts in the second half.

“They’re the ones who kept us in this game,” senior running back Broc Kocour said of the offensive linemen. “They’re the core of our offense.”

A big chunk of Memorial’s second-half rushing total came on one huge play – a 77-yard touchdown run by Kocour with 5:22 to play in the third quarter that gave Memorial some breathing room at 24-14.

On the long run, which came just one play after South’s opening drive of the second half stalled at the Memorial 23, Kocour took a pitch to the left, cut back against the grain and was gone up the middle.

“It was supposed to go the outside, but they’d been flying real hard to the ball all night so we knew sooner or later that the cutbacks were going to be there,” Kocour said. “It was an option that I had to read, so I just hit it and it turned out to be a big play.”

Kocour finished with 103 yards rushing on just eight carries and hauled in a 35-yard pass in the fourth quarter that helped Memorial kill off the game’s final 4:34.

Junior Charlie Walsh, filling in at quarterback for senior Dominic Zanoni who had to be hospitalized because of an infection, added 79 yards rushing on 15 carries. Walsh also filled in at quarterback two weeks ago against Waukesha North when Zanoni was sidelined with a sore ankle.

Running a variety of pitch and counter plays, the Blackshirts used the perimeter speed of their two feature backs – senior Kyler Tolefree and junior Corey Broussard – to move the ball effectively.

Tolefree rushed 16 times for a team-high 113 yards, while Broussard had 17 attempts for 77 yards. The two speedsters also combined for nine runs of 10-plus yards.

“We’re an exciting team to watch and you just never know what’s going to happen,” South coach Dave Rusch said. “A couple plays go the other way and it’s a different ballgame.”

The Shirts’ best drive of the game, which came after a 2-yard touchdown run by Karczewski with 11:11 to play in the fourth quarter, was a 15-play, 79-yard march that took 6:37, but came up just short when South fumbled at the goal line and Memorial senior linebacker Matt Groehler recovered in the end zone.

However, South finished with 18 first downs and 291 yards total offense – including 189 on the ground.

“This is the best offensive team that South has had in a while,” Young said. “(Rusch’s) kids are fast, tough and they really battled hard.”

South scored the game’s first points on a 2-yard run by Tolefree with 3:21 to play in the opening period.

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