EISENHOWER NIPS GREENFIELD IN FIRST CROSSOVER GAME
Erickson boots Lions to OT victory
In a game where New Berlin Eisenhower and Greenfield kept exchanging scores like recipes, it wasn't surprising that the game ended in overtime Oct. 10 at Ike when ace kicker Nathan Erickson drilled a 33-yard field for a 20-17 victory.
The win was the first of two crossover games between the Woodland West and East Divisions, but it doesn't count in the standings. It evened both teams to an overall record of 4-4.
The Lions now travel to Shorewood/Messmer (1-7) for a 7 p.m. game Friday, Oct. 17 where a win would virtually assure a playoff berth.
The game started with a field goal, as David Castillo kicked a 25-yarder to give Greenfield a 3-0 lead at 9:29. Erickson then evened the score at 7:03 when he booted a 26-yard field and the first quarter ended 3-3.
Ike's Bryce Wesling then scored from 7 yards out, and Erickson's extra point made it 10-3 at 5:32.
But with 2:57 left in the half, quarterback Jeremy Swider scored from 18 yards out, and Castillo's point after sent the squads into halftime with a 10-10 tie.
It was the Hustlin' Hawks who got on the board first in the second half, as Swider flipped a pass to Xavier Copeland, who raced 50 yards for the score, and Castillo made it 17-10 with 4:08 left in the third period.
Of course, the Lions then returned a favor with a big play of their own, as Jordan Canady raced 64 yards and Erickson knotted the game at 17-17 with 2:11 left in the quarter.
Defense then took over and both teams failed to score, sending the game into overtime.
Greenfield had the ball first, but junior defensive back Dakota Grzesk picked off a pass on the 5-yard line and gave the Lions a chance at the win.
Ike coach Matt Kern, knowing he had Erickson on the sidelines, ran the ball three times to the 9-yard line and let Erickson drill the game-winning field goal.
"I almost find myself game planning a possession as if I was an NFL coach, " Kern said. "I would never try a 50-yard field goal early in a game, but if it was late I would. Anything inside the 30 I trust him with."
Wesling, who took over for sophomore Sam Carey, who is out with an injured knee, had 54 yards on 3-of-12 passing and scored a touchdown.
"He handled the game as well as he could, " Kern said. "He has only played defense (defensive back) for us. He didn't play much as a freshman. He only has 9-10 games in his career as a quarterback. He had a couple passes dropped, or his numbers would look better. But he handled himself well."
He directed an offense that rushed for 151 yards as Canady had 82 and sophomore Joey Scaffidi added 58.
Kern did have some encouraging news on Carey as the MRI showed less damage than was initially thought (it was a sprain). Kern will work out Carey this week, and he might be available for the final game.
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