Few could argue with the dominant performance of the Greendale football team Friday night.
The Panthers posted a 49-0 win against host New Berlin West and controlled both sides of the ball in picking up their first win of the season.
But head coach Rob Stoltz still found plenty to pick apart.
“Believe it or not, we still have a lot we have to clean up,” he said. “Because there were a lot of mistakes up front on the O-line and we didn’t dominant as I thought we could have and should have, at least running the ball.”
On the surface though, the Panthers (1-1) looked every bit like the defending Woodland Black champions they are.
Running back Mike Scheidt capped Greendale’s first offensive possession with an 8-yard touchdown run.
The team took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter after quarterback Sam Brick connected with senior receiver Kennedy Ringelberg on a 36-yard scoring strike.
Scheidt made it 21-0 with a nine-yard scoring scamper early in the second quarter, and the New Berlin West defense struggled to get their arms around the speedy junior all night.
He finished with 142 yards on 16 carries.
“Those guys did really good in the trenches today,” Scheidt said. “I could just read the holes easily and get those yards and finish through to get to the end zone.”
Special teams did their part as well, and lineman Matt Pulizos blocked a Vikings punt midway through the second quarter that senior Drake Barczak recovered in the end zone for a 28-0 lead.
Brick capped the half with a 14-yard scoring strike to Brett Nethery.
The senior finished his night with an 11-yard scoring scramble on the Panthers opening drive of the second half to put the team up 42-0.
Josh Ringelberg concluded the carnage with a seven-yard touchdown run with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.
“We had a huge push up front,” Brick said. “They were probably two or three yards off the ball so that gain without even doing anything was big.”
His night was nearly flawless, as he went 11 for 12 for 198 yards. His lone miss was a throw that ended up in the arms of West defensive back Travis McKeon in the second quarter.
“I thought we competed in the first and fourth quarters,” said West head coach Aaron Mack, “and the second and third quarters, they kind of did what they wanted to us.”
But Mack considered the loss a step in the right direction, despite the fact that the 0-2 team has yet to score this season.
With 17 sophomores starting, Mack understands his team is going to take its lumps early on.
“Right now, we’re teaching these guys the game of football,” he said. “We’re a couple weeks away, but we’re not going to skip a step. Wherever our record ends up, I’m okay with it because I know that this is a 5-to-10 year fix.”
For Greendale, the win gave the Panthers momentum as they attempt to win their sixth conference crown in eight years.
“We came out this week and wanted to prove we’re still here,” Scheidt said. “We lost some people from last year, but there are plenty of us returning who want to accomplish something.”