Saturday, September 28, 2013

Crusaders ruin KM’s homecoming

from today's Waukesha Freeman -
 
CMH 21   (OT)
Kettle Moraine 14
 
 
CMH improves record to 5-1
By Tom Badger, Freeman Correspondent

WALES – The big one that got away.


That’s how the Kettle Moraine High School football
team will look back at the 2013 homecoming game this season.

At the same time, Catholic Memorial may still be wondering how they got away.


At the end, Memorial took home a 21-14 victory in overtime Friday.


With the victory, the Crusaders improved to 5-1 overall, 3-1 in Classic 8 Conference
play. The Lasers dropped to 1-5 overall, 0-4 overall.

“If there’s such a thing as a roller-coaster football game, we just experienced it,” Memorial coach Bill Young said. “You really have to tip your hats to (KM coach) Dave Pfeiffer and the Kettle Moraine kids. We’re 5-1 and they’re 1-5 but this
game was so close. The bottom line is that we were able to man up at the end of the game. I’m spent after this one.”

It was a different story across the field.


“You’ve got to finish,” said Pfeiffer, KM’s first-year coach. “Part of our growth
process is to stay in the hunt against really good teams. In this conference, close doesn’t count so we’re going home with an L. We had chances in the fourth quarter to win the game, but you have to finish.”

Tied 7-7 heading to the fourth quarter, KM junior quarterback Mitch Pfeiffer connected with an underthrown 29-yard completion to junior Will Duchow. The long gain seemed to give the Lasers a shot of confidence.


Four plays later, KM converted on fourth-and-one with a 9-yard pass over the middle to senior Josh Williams to the Memorial 21-yard line.


Following an incompletion, Pfeiffer hit Williams again over the middle for a 21-yard touchdown – and a 14-7 lead with 5:42 remaining in the fourth quarter.


When KM senior Eric Graf pulled CMH senior quarterback Cam Krausert to the turf on third down for a 9-yard loss, Memorial’s predicament doubled in size.


However, on the CMH punt, KM muffed the kick and Memorial recovered at
its own 36-yard line with 4:07 left.

The Lasers’ defense responded by forcing another punt with 3:30 to play. This time, however, KM didn’t send anyone back to return the kick and Memorial’s punt rolled inside the KM 10-yard line.


Memorial’s defense answered the call by stopping Mitch Pfeiffer a foot short of first-down yardage, which set up a Lasers’ punt with a little more than two minutes to play.


“It’s about defense and field position,” Young said.


After the punt, Memorial’s offense returned to its own 39-yard line with 2:02 left in regulation. On second down, Krausert rolled from the pocket and gained 24 yards before stepping out of bounds with 1:30 to go.


Junior Tommy Garza got an 8-yard gain to the KM 21yard line. On third-and-inches, he bounced off a pile and raced 14 yards to the 7-yard line with 1:04 remaining.


Senior Ty Schmitt picked up five yards and then two yards for the touchdown with 23 seconds left in regulation.


Junior Zach Fridl kicked the game-tying extra point.


“The offense showed a lot of character and heart at the end of the game to come
back,” Young said. “Cam Krausert really manned up and made some big plays for us.”

Memorial had the first possession in overtime, and on third-and-2, Krausert picked up 13 big yards with a keeper.


On the next play, Garza scored from four yards out and Fridl booted the extra point.


On the scoring play, it appeared that a CMH running back was moving toward the line of scrimmage while in motion. A penalty wasn’t called.


On KM’s possession from the 25, a third-down pass play in the flat to junior back Andrew Trafton came up just inches short.


On fourth down, Pfeiffer’s pass over the middle was picked off by CMH senior Jake Shomin.


“We had a hard time running the ball all night so I have no qualms about what we did offensively,” Dave Pfeiffer said. “We did some really good things until there was four minutes left in the game.”


Garza finished with 98 yards rushing on 21 carries, while teammate John Clark gained 96 yards on 18 tries.


Mitch Pfeiffer completed 15 of 20 passes for 141 yards.
 

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