Greendale shutout, 28-0, in crucial conference game
Team turns ball over six times on way to first defeat
Greendale — New Berlin Eisenhower cornerback Kelvin Hall expected a better defensive effort from himself and his teammates against Greendale on Friday.
Eisenhower head coach Jeff Setz conceded that the team's secondary struggled in a 42-21 loss at Pewaukee so in the week leading up to their game against the potent spread offense of Greendale, he stressed pass defense.
"You know they [Greendale] are going to throw the ball 25 or 30 times, and we did a lot of seven on seven in our practice," Setz said.
What neither the coach nor Hall could have anticipated was that the Lions defense would force a season-high six turnovers and limit the Greendale passing attack to 7-25 for 106 yards in a 28-0 win.
Hall intercepted three passes and said the effort was a needed confidence boost heading into the second half of the season.
"Coming off of last week the secondary had a couple of big plays we gave up which were crucial," he said. "We came in thinking this was a huge game for us and we expected to rebound."
The loss was Greendale's first of the season and dropped the Panthers (3-1, 2-1) into a three-way tie for second place with Eisenhower and South Milwaukee. Whitnall remains atop the Woodland-Black at 3-0 and 4-0 overall.
Panthers head coach Rob Stoltz credited the Lions with a superb defensive effort, but also noted that the Panthers offense never got in sync.
Starting quarterback Ernie Valente (3 of 11, 43 yards, 1 interception) was replaced by Cordney Wren (4 of 14, 63 yards, 4 interceptions) late in the first half.
"We were very inept and that was very apparent," Stoltz said. "We're not making any excuses."
Eisenhower (3-1, 2-1) took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter on a two-yard run by senior Tyler Faber and wideout Ian McKechnie added three scores.
The senior scored on a 26-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Brian York before halftime, then capped the opening drive of the third quarter with a 33-yard run. York connected with McKechnie again on a 30-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
"We talked about how pivotal this game was going to be for our season because now we're in our own division and we had to have this first one," Setz said.
Eisenhower hosts Wauwatosa West (2-2, 1-2) and Greendale will host South Milwaukee (3-1, 2-1) on Friday.
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