Shorthanded Greendale football team rolls past West
Panthers overcome suspension, win again
Despite missing one of its big weapons, the Greendale football team still defeated Wauwatosa West, 35-20, in the Woodland Conference West Division finale on Friday.
The Panthers were playing without wide receiver Mitchell Brees, who sat out the contest after receiving two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in Greendale's previous game against New Berlin West.
Head coach Rob Stoltz has said all along, though, that the Panthers are exceptionally deep this season at receiver, and that was shown Friday night.
Picking up the slack for Brees were David Johnson, who caught two passes for 80 yards and a touchdown; Cody Kmetz, who hauled in five passes for 31 yards; and Nate Miller, Ty Ramirez and Jake Zywicki, who each snared one pass.
Also, Zywicki ran for 171 yards and three scores and quarterback Josh Ringelberg made big plays both on the ground and in the air. Ringelberg completed 10 of 19 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown and ran for 63 yards and another score.
Greendale thus mustered more than enough firepower to remain unbeaten at 5-0 in the West Division and 7-0 overall.
The Panthers now play a pair of Woodland crossover contests. The first comes at 7 p.m. Friday at Brown Deer (4-1, 6-1), but that one does not count in the conference standings.
The second one is much more meaningful, as the Panthers will play in the first Woodland Conference championship game at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at home against East Division winner South Milwaukee (5-0, 7-0).
Before the Wauwatosa West game, there was some discussion about Brees' ejection from the New Berlin West contest which forced his suspension on Friday night.
Jack Brees, Mitchell's father, felt strongly that the suspension was unwarranted because both unsportsmanlike calls were incorrect.
The game officials thought Mitchell had verbally taunted a West player while scoring on an interception return, but Jack Brees insisted that all Mitchell had done was signal 'we're No. 1' to the trailing player.
Later, Mitchell was called for physically retaliating after being speared by a West defender, but again Jack Brees said Mitchell had not done anything wrong.
"If Mitch had made a mistake, I would let him (sit)," Jack said. "He did not deserve to lose one-ninth of his season."
Further, Jack Brees said that the game officials had watched some film of the incidents in Stoltz's office after the game and said that they had made a mistake and that they would "make it right."
No appeal process
Actually, though, the officials can't do anything after the game. In fact, they can't do anything once the next play takes place.
Wade Labecki, deputy director of the WIAA, explained a penalty must stand if it is not questioned before the next snap.
"A coach can question a misapplication of the rules immediately after a play," Labecki said. "After that, you cannot review it anymore.
"If he thought there was an error, a coach can call a timeout and tell the officials he wants a conference with them. At that time, the call could be changed, but it has to be before the next live ball."
The WIAA officials rule book confirms this, stating "the error had to be recognized and correction made before the ball was (next) snapped."
There is no in-game appeal process after the next play.
This is similar to the National Football League rule that a coach must challenge a call before the next snap.
Also, once the second unsportsmanlike call was made, the suspension for the next game was set.
The book states, "The second unsportsmanlike foul results in disqualification," and the WIAA Season Regulations for Football states, "This year, any athlete ejected for flagrant or unsportsmanlike conduct is required to miss the next event."
Thus, the die was cast immediately after the next snap and nothing more could be done.
Greendale takes lead
Despite this, Greendale prevailed over Tosa West, taking a 21-7 lead on a 5-yard run by Zywicki, a 60-yard pass to Johnson from Ringelberg and a 12-yard run by Ringelberg.
The margin went to 35-13 on a pair of touchdown runs by Zywicki in the fourth quarter.
Greendale was then well on its way to victory and the undisputed West Division crown.
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