If Friday night's game is any indication, the Greendale football team is ready for the first Woodland Conference championship game.
The Panthers racked up 47 first-half points, then coasted to a 47-14 victory over Brown Deer in a Woodland crossover game Friday night.
That triumph lifted them to 8-0 on the season and set them up nicely for the Woodland championship contest against South Milwaukee (7-1) at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Steve Gavinski Field.
Greendale won the Woodland West crown at 5-0, while South Milwaukee captured the East crown, also at 5-0.
The championship game matches the explosive offense of the Panthers, who have scored 325 points in their eight games for an average of just more than 40 per contest, with the defense of the Rockets, who allowed just 60 points in their first seven games (8.6).
South Milwaukee was lit up by West runnerup Pewaukee in a 42-17 loss last week, but the Pirates were only up 21-17 at the half.
The Rockets are led by two-year starter Justin Oliden at quarterback. Oliden has passed for 1.004 yards and seven touchdowns this season, and his primary target is wide receiver A.J. Plewa with 403 yards and four scores.
Running back Ian Pribyl has collected 839 yards and 13 touchdowns, so the Rockets are definitely two-dimensional on offense.
"We've had great leadership from our seniors," said South Milwaukee head coach John Galewski, who guided the team to the school's first outright title since 1980. "Our seniors are committed to the program and worked hard in the off-season.
"This has been a building process. We have an outstanding (coaching) staff, but it all starts with the kids."
Panthers start quickly
Greendale, as it often has this season, struck quickly against Brown Deer on Friday, scoring 31 points in the first quarter.
Cody Kmetz got things started with a 76-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Josh Ringelberg, then Angel Ramirez ran for a 33-yard score.
Ringelberg tallied himself from 4 yards out and Kmetz hauled in a 17-yard scoring pass from Ringelberg to boost the lead to 25-0.
Kmetz wound up with two catches for 100 yards and the two scores.
Jake Zywicki, who racked up 161 yards rushing, scored from 59 yards to close out the first quarter.
Zywicki bolted in from 63 yards to open the second period, and Mitchell Brees returned an interception for a 9-yard score.
Ringelberg hit 10 of 13 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns, while Ramirez totaled 90 yards rushing on just two carries. Brees collected 78 yards, receiving on six catches.
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