Monday, October 7, 2013

A Homecoming Crush

from today's Waukesha Freeman -
CMH muscles way to victory
Crusaders stymie foe’s running game

CMH 41
Muskego 7
By James R. Hoffman, Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – “We got out physical-ed tonight.”

That’s what Muskego High School football coach Ken Krause said about his team’s 41-7 Classic 8 Conference loss to Catholic Memorial on Friday.

“(The Crusaders) are well coached, they have great talent and they have just great football players everywhere,” Krause said.

Memorial coach Bill Young had a similar opinion.

“We physically were able to run the ball consistently,” he said. “We really like our offensive line. And (on the defensive line), Zach Taylor (a sophomore), Tyler Tevich (a senior) and Sam Gromacki (a junior) really played a good game up front.”

Muskego managed only five first downs and 79 yards in the first three quarters combined. Muskego prefers to run, but was unable to until the final quarter.

Muskego’s wing-T formation uses misdirection and a multitude of fakes and options to confuse its opposition and create running lanes. But the formation requires an anchor, and Memorial never let Muskego
push it off the boat.

Senior fullback Peter Roy is involved in most of Muskego’s plays, either as the ball carrier – mostly running between the tackles – or as a decoy to allow other
tailbacks to break to the outside. But Memorial’s defensive line had such a strong and consistent push up the middle that Roy was never a threat. That allowed Memorial stack the outside, and although Muskego broke a run or two, it never sustained a drive.

“Against a wing-T team, they’re going to try to hurt you with misdirection; and our kids are disciplined and stayed home,” Young said.

Memorial was effective on offense in the first half, but Muskego held strong and kept itself in the game, trailing only 14-0 going into halftime.

Memorial junior running back Tommy Garza racked up 79 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in the first half. And senior fullback John Clark punched in a 2-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Memorial blew the game wide open in the third quarter as its running game wore Muskego down.

Garza capped off the second half’s 64-yard opening drive with a 3-yard scoring run. Clark started to bruise his way through Muskego’s line, dragging tacklers for a few extra yards on each of his runs, and senior quarterback
Cam Krausert began to get his legs moving, rushing for Memorial’s next two scores and putting the game out of reach, 34-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Garza rushed for a game high 155 yards on 20 carries. Clark had 113 yards and a 31yard touchdown on 18 carries.

With Muskego overplaying Garza and Clark, Krausert used the option to his advantage to sneak to the outside for large chunks of yardage at a time, including a 24yarder.

He also scrambled well, including his second touchdown. The call was a play action pass, but he didn’t see his first read, Krausert said. But he did see a hole just off the left tackle so he spun to his left and snuck in from 3 yards out.

“We’re a running team, and we showed it tonight,” Krausert said. “We like to pound the ball behind our line – our line’s fantastic. (Offensive coordinator Bob Hall) has put the ball in my hands a couple of times, and I just hope he keeps doing it.”

Krausert rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. He completed both of his passes for 15 yards.

“(Krausert) ran the option really well; he really had his best game of the year tonight,” Young said.

Memorial remained tied for second in the conference at 4-1, 6-1 overall. Muskego
dropped to 2-3 in conference, 3-4 overall.

“Great win,” Krausert said. “Our motto every day has been ‘improve.’ We just keep improving, keep improving.”

Photo credits: Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
Top - Catholic Memorial senior quarterback Cam Krausert, left, celebrates as senior running back John Clark drags Muskego sophomore linebacker Brett Finke into the end zone in the second quarter of Friday’s game at Carroll University. 
Bottom - Catholic Memorial senior quarterback Cam Krausert is brought down by Muskego senior defensive back Turner Kehoe during Friday’s game at Carroll University. 

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