Saturday, October 12, 2013

Crusaders top Indians

from today's Waukesha Freeman -
CMH 14
Mukwonago 10
CMH rallies in second half
Schmidt gets winning TD
by Daniel Mike, Freeman staff

WAUKESHA – Cameron Krausert has a lot of faith in Mike Schmidt.

While Krausert doesn’t get the opportunity to put the football in the air often, the Catholic Memorial High School junior quarterback had little doubt when he lofted it to Schmidt.

The junior tight end went up to grab a fourth-quarter pass over two defenders and rumbled into the end zone for the winning score in the Crusaders’ 14-10 Classic 8 Conference victory over Mukwonago on Friday.

“When you’re throwing to Schmidty, he’s like 6-3, so he can go up and get any ball,” Krausert said. “I had so much confidence throwing to him. In practice, we’re always connecting on passes.

“It was a great play call by coach (Bob) Hall.”

Hall, Memorial’s offensive coordinator, didn’t call many pass plays, but he pulled out a few more in the second half in helping the Crusaders (7-1 overall, 5-1 Classic 8) erase a 10-point halftime deficit.

Schmidt’s score went for 28 yards with 7:14 remaining. It was the second touchdown of the season for
Schmidt, who is not used often in the passing game.

“I was talking to Cam in the first half and said, ‘Just throw it up and I’ll make a play,’” Schmidt said. “Our offensive line did a good job today, he had time to throw and made a great throw.’ “I’m primarily a blocker as we run it up the middle, so it’s kind of new for us to get some completions.”

Memorial didn’t complete a pass until late in the third quarter, and he completed 3 of 4 for 47 yards in the second half.

“Give Bobby Hall credit, he picked it at the right time,” Memorial head coach Bill Young said of the pass. “He did a good job drawing it up, Cam Krausert made a great throw, Schmidty was double covered and the ball fit right in for him.”

The go-ahead drive began on Mukwonago’s 25-yard line after the Indians were stopped short on a fake punt. Facing fourth-and-6, Mukwonago snapped the ball to the upback on a punt but managed only a yard and handed Memorial the ball with a short field.

CMH was called for holding on the first play, but two plays later hit the big pass.

“We were going to sell out and stop the run, and if we give something up, so be it,” Mukwonago coach Clay Iverson said. “We did a good job controlling the run and had a couple opportunities we didn’t capitalize on.”

The Indians took a 10-0 halftime lead thanks to a 9yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Aaron
Nixon and a 46-yard field goal by junior Matthew Strickler in the final minute of the second quarter.

“It shows the resiliency of our football team,” Young said. “At halftime, we had a lot of heads down.”

Memorial could not get a first down in its first two drives of the second half, but the Crusaders strung together a 66-yard drive that was capped by a 2-yard touchdown run from senior fullback John Clark with 9:43 left in the fourth to cut the deficit to 10-7. Mukwonago failed to convert the fake punt on the following drive to set up the winning score.

Mukwonago drove inside the red zone on its final possession but fell short on a fourth-and-6 play from Memorial’s 9.

“Give my defensive coordinator, Mike Kinateder, credit, he did a great job making changes at halftime,” Young said. “The front played real solid, and our linebackers stepped up in the second half and played a real good game.”

Mukwonago ran for 250 yards, while CMH managed only 126. Mukwonago completed only one pass, a 31yarder to senior Ryan Wagner on the final drive.

Mukwonago is 5-3 overall and 3-3 in the Classic 8. The Indians need a victory over Muskego (2-4 Classic 8) next week to become eligible for the WIAA playoffs.

“Now every game is playoff game, and that’s fine,” Iverson said. “A lot of teams are done right now, and we have a lot to play for. We showed tonight we’re a pretty good football team.”


Photo credits:  Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

Top: Mukwonago senior quarterback Aaron Nixon tries to vault Catholic Memorial senior defensive back Alec Kocour in an attempt to get a first down with seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Friday at Waukesha North. Nixon didn’t make it and the game ended. 

Bottom: Mukwonago senior wide receiver Ryan Wagner comes down with a long pass from quarterback Aaron Nixon over Catholic Memorial’s Jake Shomin during Friday’s game at Waukesha North. 

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