Greendale's steals the show in 44-7 win over Vikings
Fumbles, interceptions blocked punts spark Panthers' win
New Berlin West knew that the unbeaten Greendale Panthers had an outstanding offense. But in Friday night's 44-7 win by Greendale, it was the defense and special teams which stood out.
With the score tied 7-7, a field goal gave the Panthers the lead for good at 10-7 with 44 seconds left in the first quarter.
But on the second play after running back the kickoff, Greendale safety Jack Ringelberg stripped New Berlin of the ball on the 26-yard line and ran the fumble in for a 17-7 lead with six seconds left in the quarter.
Afer West got the ball back, defensive back Mitchell Brees, who caught a TD pass from Josh Ringelberg to open the scoring, then picked off West's sophomore quarterback Jonathan Kozlowski and raced 30 yards down the right sideline for a TD and a 24-7 lead with 11:52 to play in the half.
West later missed a field goal with 5:55 left in the half and the scored stood at 24-7 at intermission.
But QB Josh Ringelburg took Greendale 72 yards in 6 plays the first time they touched the ball and Ringelburg passed 41 yards to Cody Kmetz down the right sideline for a 31-7 lead at 7:39.
Then the special teams got in on the scoring when defensive tackle Chris Phillips blocked a punt and scored for a 37-7 lead at 3:55 of the third period.
West then fumbled two more times in the fourth quarter, stopping two drives and Ringelburg passed to Ty Ramirez for an 18-yard score with 5:29 left to play.
Greendale now travels to Tosa West on Friday, while New Berlin West hosts Pewaukee.
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