It took New Berlin Eisenhower until the final minute of the first half to score its first points of the season, but then the defense took over and the Lions had their first victory of the year.
Behind the passing combination of sophomore quarterback Sam Carey and senior wide receiver Vince Gabrielson and a tough defense, the Lions beat the Falcons at Whitnall, 14-7, to even their non-conference record at 1-1.
The game was scoreless when Carey got Eisenhower on the board with 51 seconds left in the half with a 49-yard touchdown pass to Gabrielson. Junior placekicker Nathan Erickson then booted the first of his two extra points for a 7-0 lead at intermission.
Eisenhower then came out in the second half and scored the eventual winning touchdown when senior running back Nick Taylor broke loose for a 35-yard score.
The Falcons didn't get on the board until 6:06 remaining when junior running back Nick Monty finished off a drive with a 1-yard run. Senior kicker Tyler Regeth added the extra point.
Carey finished 4-for-7 for 123 yards, an average of almost 30 yards a completion. Gabrielson caught three passes for 101 yards, an average of 33.7 yards per catch.
"Carey is more comfortable every day," coach Jeff Setz said. "You can see he is more relaxed. It's a growing process."
The Lions rushed for 142 yards, as Taylor was 12-for-69, a 5.8 yards average, and senior Steve Harrell was 14-for-79 yards, a 5.6 average.
"We got some big plays," Setz said. "Vince made a nice grab on the touchdown that got us on the board. Nick had a good run on the second touchdown. It's good to see we have a dual attack."
The defense did a good job as Harrell had 15 tackles while Taylor and Sean Bruders had eight tackles each. Nick Ganzke and Luke Mikula had interceptions.
"It's almost a relief to get back on the winning side," Setz said.
The Lions open Woodland Conference West play with a tough assignment. The have a 7 p.m. game Sept. 6 on the road against the defending champion Pewaukee Pirates (2-0).
The Pirates were impressive with an 18-0 victory over Waterford at home in the opener and then beat Wisconsin Lutheran, 35-20, on the road.
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