Saturday, November 2, 2013

Re-stated by the Journal-Sentinel

from today's JSOnline.Com -

Crusader defense clamps down Pewaukee


By Jeremy Lubus, Special to the Journal Sentinel

Waukesha — Catholic Memorial coach Bill Young will be 62 years young Monday and has no plans to throw in the towel. The way his defense is playing, he has no reason to.

The Crusaders were a step ahead of Pewaukee all night in cruising to a 37-13 victory in a WIAA Division 3 Level 2 playoff game Friday night at Waukesha South.

Memorial (10-1) advances to face top-seeded Monona Grove (11-0) next week.

"We really have a stout group up front," Young said. "Our linebackers really were able to make some plays because the guys up front were doing their job. Special teams and defense are the difference this time of the year. Zach Fridl did an amazing job hitting some long field goals for us."

Fridl drilled three field goals in the first half to give Memorial breathing room. The junior nailed attempts from 32, 35 and 33 yards. Quarterback Cam Krausert scored on a 4-yard designed run for the game's only first-half touchdown.

The stingy Crusaders defense limited the high-powered Pirates offense (36.7 points per game) to just 34 total yards as they never crossed into Memorial territory in the first half.

"All the credit goes to our defensive coordinator, Mike Kinateder," Young said. "We watched Pewaukee a lot this season and he did a fantastic job with the kids this week getting them ready."
Pewaukee quarterback Ben Tenpas was under constant pressure, finishing with just 63 yards passing and three interceptions. Two of the interceptions came in the first half to swing the momentum to Catholic Memorial, and it never let go.

"Coach Kinateder is beyond amazing with our defense," Crusaders linebacker Dom Haight said. "What really sets him apart is his intellect. All night he put us in the right spots with his defensive calls and it paid off huge."

As the defense flustered Pewaukee, Alec Kocour and Tommy Garza began to break the spirit of the Pirates in the second half with long runs. The duo finished with 217 yards rushing with one score, and as a team the Crusaders piled up 337 yards on the ground.

"It really says a lot about our conference (Classic 8)," Kocour said. "Our coaches said all week that we would be the biggest team they faced all season. Our line was nasty tonight and really opened some holes for our backs. We watched so much film on them we all felt one step ahead all night."

Pewaukee scored all 13 of its points in the final six minutes, including a 42-yard touchdown run by Ryan Stepanovich in the closing seconds. Stepanovich scored both touchdowns for Pewaukee, finishing with 96 yards on just 11 attempts.

This year marked the fourth straight the two schools met in the postseason.

"That's all the upperclassmen were talking about this week," said Haight, a sophomore. "They kept telling us to play as hard as we can and leave it all out there because they did not want this year to be the year they beat us."

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