Greyhounds experiment a little, cruise past South, 39-7, in football
Pivotal league game with Brookfield Academy on Friday
Shorewood - The game plan to get good looks at younger kids and to get hardworking substitutes some solid playing time was a smashing success for the Shorewood/Messmer football team on Friday when the Greyhounds rolled up 597 total yards en route to a 39-7 nonconference rout of Milwaukee South.
"Kids who hadn't played a lot, some juniors who hadn't started, they got in there, lined up and executed as best they could," coach Drake Zortman said. "They gained invaluable game experience."
And kept the Greyhounds' momentum firmly in place as they improved to 5-1 overall.
Shorewood/Messmer will try to line itself up as well as it can for a state playoff position when it resumes Midwest Classic play with a home game against Brookfield Academy (4-2) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Greyhounds, who are averaging 43.8 points a game may get caught up in a scoring festival as Brookfield Academy comes in averaging 31.5 a contest.
"They're playing well right now," Zortman said of the Blue Knights. "They've won a couple in a row. Now we're really going to see how second, third and fourth place in this league shakeout."
Tiebreaker in standings
The teams are currently tied for second at 3-1 each in conference play.
One thing that Zortman was looking forward to was the purely freshmen game that was played on Tuesday against the Homestead "B" squad. The Shorewood/Messmer program has 19 total freshmen out and frequently they just play up with the junior varsity, but Zortman and the staff decided to give those kids a chance to play on their own.
"We're going to see what they can do without the sophomores," Zortman said. "Nineteen strong and we're hoping for the best."
And the best-laid plans of the Greyhounds did came to pass against South.
It got off to a little bit of a slow start as after Alec Grimmer got the co-op off to a 7-0 lead, the Cardinals came right back and tied the score on a run of their own before the end of the first quarter.
But then the Greyhounds turned it up a notch in the second period, scoring 19 points on two Taylor Dennis to Jonathan Carson TD receptions and another Grimmer run.
It was 26-7 at the break and Shorewood/Messmer cruised from there as Dennis added a third quarter run for score and Dennis and Carson made one more TD connection through the air early in the fourth quarter.
Wracking up the yards
That pairing proved to be quite profitable all evening long as Dennis completed only seven-of-14 passes on the night, but they went for an impressive 303 yards as Carson had five catches for 202 yards and three scores.
"We had a nice night throwing it downfield," said Zortman. "We didn't always make the connection, you're not going to with that kind of philosophy, but those that were caught did go a long ways."
The Greyhounds also had 294 yards on the ground as Grimmer had 139 yards rushing on 15 carries and Mykyo Evans had 12 carries for 99 yards. Zortman did not neglect the efforts of the defense.
"We filtered kids in and out with the regulars to see what they could do," Zortman said. He said that Evans had a great game at linebacker, too. Zortman noted that with Grimmer being a one-man wrecking crew from the other linebacker's spot he draws a lot of attention so that frees up Evans to make plays, which he has been doing regularly of late.
The only downside on the night was that receiver/defensive back Donovan Freeman, whom the Greyhounds just got back from an injury, was unavailable due to stomach flu.
"Other than that, we were able to get a lot of kids evaluated," Zortman said. "It was a good night."
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