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Baun in a comfort zone as Falcon football team opens their season with rout

Brown Deer looks against ML

Aug. 26, 2014

Communication is the key to everything in life.

And the better Brown Deer quarterback Zack Baun communicates with his receivers this season, the more likely he will not have to scramble after a play breaks down and the more likely it will be that he will be able to avoid needless hits.

Thereby in the process, he will be able to create more "Wow!" moments for Falcon fans, something he was very adept at last year and again on Aug. 22 when the Falcon football team smashed Milwaukee Lutheran, 51-14, in its season opener.

Veteran Brown Deer coach Rob Green is all for that process moving forward.

"We had a pretty good game plan right from the start," said Green, "and they played Zack exactly the way I thought they would. They put a lot of guys in the box (to guard against his runs) and as a result, his passing lanes opened up. It all comes back to his building relationships with his receivers. You build those relationships, it leads to a certain comfortability. He doesn't need to run as much (when he doesn't need to)."

But it is fun to watch Baun run, as he did 12 times for 172 yards against Lutheran, scoring four times on jaunts of 4 , 4, 65, and 71 yards. But he also passed 14 times with 10 completions for an impressive 240 yards, including TD strikes of 28 and 22 yards, respectively, to Nyles Williams.

Williams had four catches for 130 yards.

"Nyles has become a lot stronger and a lot faster than he was a year ago," said Green. "He doesn't go down easily anymore. He and Zack started connecting at the end of last season. He (Zack) knows where Nyles is all the time and he will get him the ball."

Brown Deer had a first quarter lead of 27-0 and a halftime advantage of 41-7 as it got the potentially high-flying 2014 season off to a fine start.

The Falcons will head off to Laconia on Friday for its second and final non-conference tilt at 7 p.m. Laconia came onto the schedule when Messmer/Shorewood, which had been slated as a non-conference game when Brown Deer came back into the Woodland Conference this year, opening up a date on the slate.

"They (Laconia) made the playoffs last year in D4 and it reminds me of the times when I used to coach at Random Lake and we would play them," said Green. The Spartans opened their season with a 27-9 loss to Wautoma.

Also of note for the Falcons in the Lutheran win was Nick Coleman rushing eight times for 59 yards (Brown Deer had 264 total yards on the ground). Jerry McDaniel also scored on a 9-yard run and Gerry Gilles added a 25-yard field goal.

Green praised the efforts of lineman Jamar Manning and McDaniel (linebacker/defensive back) on defense and noted that new defensive backs Kalvin Wiley and Nate D'Amato also held up well.

The coach also noted that the re-sodded and re-seeded home field is progressing nicely. If the weather does its part, it should be ready for the Falcons' big Woodland Conference opener and showdown for South Milwaukee on Sept. 5.

"The community needs to see that game here," said Green.

Brown Deer's game with Lutheran had to be moved from Brown Deer to Lutheran due to problems with the field when it was laid out this summer.

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