Brown Deer puts new scoreboard to use in 42-21 win over Cudahy
Wild and Klucharich honored
The new scoreboard worked, the important names on it were spelled right and the Brown Deer football team won Friday night, 42-21, over Cudahy on an evening pregnant with emotion and brushed over with memory and the grace of the moment.
The new scoreboard, valued at around $23,000, was used for the first time at the game. There was a small dedication ceremony beforehand to honor the late Falcons athlete and elementary school teacher Shaun Wild.
Wild's name and number was put on the scoreboard as was the traditional moniker "Joe Klucharich Field." Klucharich, the first principal at Granville (later Brown Deer) High School in 1957, is 94, and was on hand at the ceremonies to give a short short speech.
Football coach Rob Green said that Klucharich's speech was long on honoring the forever 24-year old Wild, who was tragically killed in a bar last year after trying to break up a fight, and short about himself.
"He just said 'Enough talking about me, let's talk about him (Wild),'" said Green of Klucharich. "He (Klucharich) is just such a great foundation for the community."
The Wild family was a major spearhead to the fundraising for the scoreboard which replaced a dilapidated, old unit that was only half-working at best.
The effort was a success and so the football team has a new scoreboard, which they made proper and abundant use of on Friday night, especially in the fourth quarter. A stubborn Cudahy team had tied the score at 21 in the second half and the Falcons needed to get going in a hurry.
Defense keys fourth quarter
That they did, as they closed out the game with 21 unanswered points to put the Packers away.
"Our 'D' finally picked it up and then we were able to control field position," Green said. "We turned their long fields into short fields for us and then we became pretty committed to finishing what we started."
In doing so, the Falcons improved to 2-1 in Woodland Conference East play and 4-1 overall. The win also rubbed some of the sting off the disappointing loss to unbeaten South Milwaukee the week before. The Falcons are still in second place in the Eastern Division and visit Whitnall on its homecoming at 7 p.m. Friday.
A big relief for Green and his staff going into the Cudahy game was the quick recovery from injury of fast-running junior quarterback Zack Baun, who had to leave the South Milwaukee game late with a leg injury.
"It just turned out to be a quad bruise," Green said. "It was good to get him up and rolling again."
Especially in that fourth quarter, as he scored from four yards out and from 12 yards to begin the session and then got help from Nick Coleman's eight-yard dash for score to finally finish off the game.
Baun would finish the game with 145 yards rushing on 22 tries and 4 TDs and would hit eight-of-15 passes for 88 yards and a first half TD pass of four yards to Devante Jackson.
Baun now has 960 total yards rushing on the season with 15 TDs. He is averaging more than eight yards a try.
Brown Deer fell behind, 7-0, but then went ahead, 14-7, and then, 21-14, with the Packers coming back each time. It was 21-14 going into the break. Baun's TD runs in the first half were from 13 yards a one-yarder, respectively.
Green was pleased with the bounce back.
"We were a little flat after the emotional game with South Milwaukee," he said. "We talked about staying focused and finishing drives, which is what we did tonight, especially in the fourth quarter."
Green praised the effort of punter Gerry Gilles who helped Brown Deer win that field position game in the second half. Green said the special teams units in general and the offensive line had good games. He cited sophomore Caleb Stampa for his work on the offensive line after Randy Gregory had to move from the offensive line to a linebacker's slot.
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