Falcons soaring toward unbeaten title
Team, despite some injuries, still finding ways to win
There's going to be no looking ahead, no losing sight of the big picture for the Brown Deer football team.
The Falcons, still without star quarterback Brett Youngbeck and all-world running back Chris Smith, routed overmatched St. Thomas More, 69-0, in their homecoming Friday to improve to 7-0 and move within two steps of an unbeaten Woodland Conference title.
And Brown Deer coach Rob Green invoked an old coaching "-ism" in making sure his team understood what was in front of them.
"I think we're still going to take it one game at a time," he said, "because improving and being as good a team as possible and playing as deep into November (for the state playoffs) as possible are still our primary goals."
Tough New Berlin test
And to get that first major one, to finish off the conference season in fine fashion, they will have to go through New Berlin West (4-3) on Friday at 7 p.m.
Brown Deer will still not have either Youngbeck or Smith for this one. Green is confident that he will have the pair back before the end of the season, because "they are tough kids," but he is still leaving all decisions like that in the hands of trusted athletic trainer Carla Larsen.
The Vikings will provide something of a mirror image for the Falcons as senior quarterback Dom Bledsoe has thrown for 21 TDs out of West's version of the spread offense. Chad Mathwig (11 TD catches) is his favorite target.
Brown Deer will then visit Whitnall (4-3) on Oct. 20 for the regular season closer. 2009 All-Suburban quarterback Joel Stave (16 TD passes against only three picks) leads a potent offense that has had to work hard to make up for a porous defense.
"We haven't seen these kind of offenses since the Greendale game," said Green. "The kids have to be careful. We can't lose perspective on the end goal, but they are smart. We'll have pressure put on us but we know we'd like to win things outright (in the conference) and end the regular season on a good note."
The state playoffs will begin Oct. 26.
Huge first-half lead
Against a short-handed Cavaliers program (0-7) Friday, Brown Deer had the running clock in motion before the end of the first half (41-0 at the break) in its homecoming game.
Back-up quarterback Jake Schimenz had TD runs of 8 and 52 yards, while Najee Williams (four carries for 105 yards) had scoring efforts of 23 and 46 yards. Scott ("Tank") Richardson also went over 100 yards (15 for 113) and had TD efforts of 1 and 32 yards.
Schimenz also threw a 6-yard TD pass to Dominique Richie, while Shawntrell Garner had a 51-yard interception return for score and Pietro D'Amato, who had a "pick six" of his own in a win over St. Francis the previous week, dashed in from 22 yards out in this game.
"It was important to get a lot of playing time for kids and put in a lot of different combinations," said Green. "We rested a lot of kids and we played hard for four quarters, which was the most important thing to me."
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