Saturday, October 25, 2014

Crusaders easily repel Raiders

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


CMH 49
Two Rivers 6

Catholic Memorial senior Robbie Gogin leaps over Two Rivers senior Andrew Henderson for a catch Friday. Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman

Memorial cruises
CMH coach Young wins 299th career game 

By Tony Mooren, 
Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA — The Catholic Memorial High School football team got what it wanted Friday.

But the Crusaders didn’t start the way they wanted.

Memorial, after falling behind by a touchdown early in their WIAA Division 3 playoff opener, coasted past Two Rivers 49-6 at Carroll University’s Schneider Stadium.

Junior quarterback Alex Bray tossed a season-high four touchdown passes, and senior running back Tommy Garza rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

The victory was the 299th of coach Bill Young’s career. He will get his shot at No. 300 next week against Kewaskum.

“It would be nice to get it because it would mean we’re still in the tournament,” Young said.

Memorial, a second-seeded team, was certainly in the tournament against the seventh seeded
 Raiders. After yielding a score — a 69yard pass from senior Marcus Alfaro to senior Ethan Willman — on the first series of the game, Memorial’s offense stepped up with a season-high point total. And the defense not only caused three turnovers — a fumble recovery by senior Ronny Driscoll and interceptions by junior Ben Bosch and senior Chris Rupel — but pretty much shut down Two Rivers. 

The Raiders did have one more big play in the game — a 32-yard pass completion to Willman, who had four receptions for 111 yards — but after their first series the team generated only 91 more yards of offense.

Two Rivers finished with a mere 27 rushing yards on 27 attempts and 158 yards through the air.

“Every game we come out and try to be prepared, but we had a little shaky start,” Garza said. “I’m glad our offense came out and got it back right away. It feels good to get the first playoff game out of the way.”

Garza finished Memorial’s first offensive series with a 16yard scoring run, and then Bray took over.

Garza still ran the ball — the 105 yards on only 12 carries — but Bray hit junior Fletcher Metz with a 31-yard touchdown pass, senior Robbie Gogin with 30- and 28-yard scoring passes and fleet-footed sophomore blazer Eric Fridl with a 17-yard touchdown pass.

Fridl also had an 18-yard scoring run.

Bray actually had a fifth touchdown pass, but it was called back by a holding
 penalty and that turned out to be the only possession in the first eight that the Crusaders did not score.

“We watched two of their
 games on film to see what their defense would do,” Bray said. “We came out conservative on our first drive and they showed some holes, so we went after them.”

Bray finished 9 for 13 for 170 yards, and the Crusaders had 442 yards of total offense.

“It’s a great feeling when your receivers are running good routes and your line is giving you a lot of time,” Bray said.

He then added that Garza’s running was the key.

“He set up some play action, which opened up some holes,” Bray said.

Garza, running only three times in the second half, scored the final touchdown on a 4-yard run — the score set up by an interception by Bosch that he returned to the 4-yard line.

“Bray’s a really good quarterback,” Young said. “But credit the offensive line and Garza and (sophomore Josh) Karfonta’s running, too. They stepped it up.

“Looking at the tape, we did feel that we could throw on them and I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get off the field at the start. Kids are kids, but we then won a game that we probably should have won like this.”

Next up is Kewaskum.

“They’re a spread team, and we’re going to have to be a lot more energized,” Young said of the Indians.

Catholic Memorial quarterback Alex Bray, right, hands off to running back Josh Karfonta on Friday. Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman 

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