New Berlin West used a steady diet of bruising runner Bryan Watson to help the Vikings achieve greater than 200 yards rushing in the second half, but it was Travis McKeon who took an inside give on a fourth-and-1 play from the Vikings' own 35. With 2:06 to play, following the 1-2 punch formula that had benefited it all game, New Berlin West got the necessary yardage and sealed a 28-20 victory over Wauwatosa West on Friday.
Big Woodland win
McKeon, playing in his first game of the year after a concussion kept him out for the Vikings' difficult nonconference schedule, racked up 83 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns as his team rallied for 21 unanswered points to secure a huge Woodland Conference victory.
"I have five senior offensive linemen and two senior running backs, " New Berlin West coach Al Moroder said about the gutsy fourth-down call. "We had 10 seniors on the ball. We talked to these kids about how if you want something, you've got to go get it. That was a metaphor for what they need to know. You have to go take it, and that's what they did."
The Vikings (1-2) reaped the benefits of the grueling nonconference slate against Grafton and Waukesha West, opening with a must-have victory in a loaded West Division of the Woodland.
"A lot of people said, 'What are you doing?'" Moroder said of the nonconference slate. "To me, if you want to be up there, you have to compete. Look at the whole Woodland West. Greendale put up Cedarburg and Franklin. Pewaukee put up Waterford and Wisconsin Lutheran. We have to go. The conference is changing, and it's changing in a very good way. It's fun to be a part of."
Tosa West (2-1), coming off back-to-back 54-0 wins over Wauwatosa East and Milwaukee Vincent, seized control of the game in the first half when it scored two touchdowns in 13 seconds. Roberthenry Davis blocked a punt and fell on it in the end zone to tie the score at 7-7, and after New Berlin West fumbled the kickoff, quarterback Jared Morzinski found Zach Veit for a 25-yard score and a 14-0 lead.
Vikings fight back
After Tosa West scored again to make it 20-7 on a 35-yard pass to Jameson Brock, the Vikings opened a drive on their own 27 with 4:08 to go in the half and finished with a 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback Johnathan Kozlowski with 15 seconds on the clock.
"I think it was a big deal for them going in (to halftime), " Tosa West coach Matt Good said. "We had them on a long third down, and they came back and were able to convert on a big play."
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