Make that three wins for the Wauwatosa West Trojans. New Berlin West hosted Tosa West on Friday, and the Trojans walked away with a convincing 46-13 win to improve to 3-0 while the Vikings dropped to 1-2.
Big plays were the name of the game for the Trojans. A 20-yard touchdown run from Mickey Morgan opened the scoring halfway through the first quarter. The Vikings’ ensuing possession produced little progress and they were forced to punt the ball after failing to achieve a first down. The Trojans then took just two plays to score their second touchdown. After being tackled for a loss on their first play of the drive, Jameson Brock caught a pass from Jared Morzinski and ran up the right side of the field for a 73-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
As if a two-play scoring drive wasn’t impressive enough, Jameson was at it again on the Trojans’ next possession, when he weaved around the Vikings defense and ran 58 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the drive.
“I’ve got to put it out there for my team,” said Brock. “My quarterback, my blockers, my line, I love them. I wouldn’t trade this team for the world. Every play, somebody is blocking down field for me, I just love that. I just work hard.”
“They’re a big play team, and we talked about that all week,” said Vikings head coach Al Moroder. “They were able to make a couple big plays in the first half, and they’re a good football team. That’s something that will be corrected, just stopping big plays.”
The Vikings did not get on the scoreboard until the very end of the first half. After yet another failed offensive drive, Nathan Henrichs booted the ball to Develyn Ferguson, who couldn’t hang on, and New Berlin West's Bailey Rountree was there to pick up the fumble and run it in for a touchdown, though the two-point conversion attempt failed.
The Vikings found their passing stride in the second half, completing six passes in the second half after a first half with no passing yards at all
“We saw that they were bringing guys in the box to stop the veer and so we utilized that to pass a little bit more,” said Moroder.
There was a sense that the momentum might be shifting when the Vikings scored on their first possession of the second half on a run from Dylan Wiese to close the gap to 27-13, but the Trojans had an answer yet again. Brock returned the kickoff to the Trojans 45-yard line before making a 55-yard touchdown run on the second play of the drive.
“We got the ball on the edge," said Tosa West coach Matt Good. "We had a lot of guys come around and we were able to get the edge and we took advantage of it. We were able to get the ball to our guys and they got on the edge.”
Tosa West rounded off the night with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Develyn Ferguson, and a run from Greg Lewis.
Good doesn’t see the win as any sort of statement. “Our guys are taking it week by week and day by day. New Berlin West is a good football team and a good football program. It’s great to come here and get a win. I’m pretty proud of our guys, but there’s a lot to improve so we’ll go home, watch tape, and get ready for next week.”
The Vikings also have work to do as they head into their next game against cross-town rival New Berlin Eisenhower.
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