Lines' work leads to first win for Brown Deer over Lutheran, 45-26
Team has depth, few two-way players
All the questions haven't been answered for the Brown Deer football team, but after the Falcons surprisingly productive, 45-26, opening game victory over Milwaukee Lutheran Friday, coach Rob Green does know one thing.
"As we hoped, we had really good line play both offensively and defensively," he said. "So it's good to know that what we thought would be a staple for us, will be, and that made life for our (all new) play-makers a lot easier."
The Falcons try to build on this win when they renew an old local rivalry when they host Shorewood/Messmer at 7 p.m. Friday. The Greyhounds, who have been in the Midwest Classic Conference the last few years, have been on the rise the last few seasons. They have more talent this year despite a tough, 28-7, opening game loss to Woodland Conference East favorite South Milwaukee on Friday.
"That goes back 20-30 years for us (when both teams were part of the same conference)," Green said, "and it's been at least four or five years since we played them. They want to know if they belong in the Woodland again. If they can be competitive in the Woodland East. They have a lot to fight for, so it should be interesting."
The Falcons game with Lutheran was interesting until the fourth quarter, when Brown Deer finally broke free of their hosts when they turned a 31-26 advantage into a 45-26 ease-into-the-finish thanks to TD runs from Nick Coleman (55 yards) and quarterback Zach Baun (6 yards).
For Baun, it was all part of a very productive debut, as he completed six-of-14 passes for 114 yards and rushed 26 times for 144 yards and four scores (in addition, he had scoring runs of one yard, 30 yards and eight yards, respectively). The junior running back Coleman was also being busy and helpful, rushing for 161 yards on 22 tries with two scores (also a 10-yard TD run).
Kicker Gerry Gilles also had a productive day, converting all six of his extra points and adding a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter.
"We would go ahead and they would come back on us," Green said, "but what I thought was some good work by our young team was that whenever they applied pressure we kept competing. They pushed, and we were able to push back."
So many new faces
The night was also one of new things. Green said that for the first time in his 14 years at the helm he has almost no two-way players, and it was a necessary thing because he had so many new faces to look at (at least 15 underclassmen starters).
"I don't know how long it will stay that way," Green said, "but we had so many guys among our underclassmen learn so many different positions in the off-season. That is going to help us so much."
Green said there still is a lot of work to do, especially on communication, but noted that this first win is a very good start.
"Even with as many people as we've lost, we believe we have a good foundation, a good program," Green said. "We still have good expectations and no one wants to be in the class that lets them down."
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