Messwood ready for the challenge of Lake Country Lutheran
Road battle at 2 p.m. Saturday
There was going to be no looking ahead to the obvious game on the schedule Friday for the Shorewood/Messmer football team, so the Greyhounds took care of business last week with an easy, 48-12 Midwest Classic Conference victory over HOPE Christian.
So now, the Greyhounds (3-0 in league play, 3-2 overall) can look forward to the big 2 p.m. Saturday road trip out to 5-0 Lake Country Lutheran to see if they can finally tip over Goliath and secure a path toward what would be a titanic goal, a conference championship.
"We've got a 10-point chip on our shoulders," Messwood coach Drake Zortman said, referring to the combined margins of a 27-20 loss to the Lightning in 2011 and the epic 43-40 heart-breaker that occurred to them last year. "...We really respect what they do out there. He (coach Greg Brazgel) was the program's first coach out there about 10 years ago and they really do things the right way.
"But it is a passion for us (to win this game)."
The Greyhounds look like they are ready to do so. They broke out to a 34-0 first half lead on HOPE and never looked back.
"We came out and did what we expected of ourselves," Zortman said. "We went for it on fourth and eight at midfield on our first drive. I felt good about our defense doing that and then Taylor (quarterback Dennis) scrambled for 10 yards to get us the first down.
"Obviously, the play I called wasn't very good, so he came up with one that was better."
That conversion led to a a five-yard DeAngelo Stewart run for score. It would be the first of three first quarter TD bursts for Stewart, the others coming from 24 yards and 10 yards out.
"He's had a good couple of weeks of practice," Zortman said. "He's a little-bitty guy (a 5-5, 146 pound sophomore), but pound-for-pound he's just about the strongest guy we have on the team."
Stewart would finish with 98 yards rushing on 11 carries.
The defense got in on the action in the second quarter as Deonte Newsome returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown and then Riley Sellinger ran nine yards for a TD to make it 34-0 at the break.
In the second half, Louis Williams broke the line and found 80 yards of open real estate in front of him, and then Jekim Jones finished the scoring with a three-yard TD.
Seven different people contributed to an impressive 37 carry, 328-yard rushing effort for Messwood, as Williams had 96 yards on seven carries and Jones had 60 yards on six tries.
Zortman was very pleased with the defense, especially that of the defensive backs.
"We have a new defensive backs coach, and he's the third guy we've had there in three years," Zortman said, "but Lenny Carter (the new DB coach) is the guy I want there now for as long as I'm coaching."
The secondary is anchored by Ray Pierce, Newsome and Dennis, who plays safety when he's not running the offense.
"This was a good game, we were able to play a lot of freshmen and sophomores," Zortman said. "It's a good program-building game when you can play a lot of people on a Friday night."
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