New Berlin West football outslugs Greenfield
Watson scores four times, Wiese returns at quarterback
The New Berlin West football team hosts Whitnall on Friday night with a WIAA playoff berth on the line.
The Vikings had some good news Friday. First they beat Greenfield, 48-26, scoring 34 points in the second half in a non-conference game with the Eastern Division.
Secondly, senior quarterback Dylan Wiese, who got injured (leg) in the first game of the season, was back at quarterback.
Wiese did his damage as a runner, scoring twice and rushing for 118 yards on six carries (a 19.7 average).
Wiese opened with a a 47-yard touchdown to give the Vikings the lead for good at 7-3 with 2:02 left in the first quarter.
The talented senior gives the Vikings a triple threat to go along with their "Thunder & Lightning" backfield of Bryan Watson and Travis McKeon.
Watson rushed for four touchdowns, going 18-for-126 yards, a 7.0 average. McKeon scored once, rushing 12 times for 87 yards (7.2 average).
"It took awhile for him to get his stuff together, West coach Al Moroder said, "but everything came together in the second half. Now defenses can't focus on any one guy.
"The offense settled in and three times in first half the defense held."
After a 31-yard field goal by Greenfield's Joey Hannah, Wiese gave West the lead with a 47-yard scoring romp. McKeon opened the second quarter by running 16 yards for a touchdown and a 14-3 lead.
But the Hustlin' Hawks didn't quit, scoring 10 points to cut the lead to 14-13 at intermission.
Jeremy Swider threw a 45-yard touchdown to Weston Strasser and Hannah booted a 33-yard field goal.
"We told the players to treat it like a playoff game," Moroder said of his halftime talk. "We told them to go out and make our plays. Our defense had an interception and a fumble, they did a great job."
In the third period, Watson scored on a 42-yard run and Wiese followed with a 35-yard touchdown run and the Vikes had a 27-13 lead through three periods.
Watson then scored on a 3-yard run, but Swider connected with Xavier Copeland on an 80-yard score to cut the lead to 34-20 at the end of three.
Then Watson sandwiched two more fourth-quarter scores around a Greenfield touchdown.
First he ran in a 16-yard score, Swider followed with a 2-yard run and then Watson wrapped up the scoring with a 7-yard run for the final 48-26 score.
The Vikings now host Whitnall (1-4) at 7 p.m. Oct. 18. A win by the Vikings and they will be in the playoffs, Moroder said. He will find out details Oct. 19.
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