With star Andrew Mallmann still out with a foot injury, Marcus Arteaga stepped up in a big way for the Whitnall football team against Brown Deer on Sept. 2.
The senior running back racked up 274 yards on 35 carries and scored all five touchdowns as Whitnall blanked Brown Deer, 35-0, in the Woodland Conference opener.
Arteaga's yardage total fell just 6 yards short of the school single-game record set by Mallmann last season in a WIAA playoff game.
"We ran a lot of off-tackle plays for the most part," coach John Quinlan said. "Corey Prom did a nice job as a lead blocker, and he (Arteaga) was able to find the holes and earn some extra yards himself by cutting back. Our line did a great job, and our wide receivers made a big difference by blocking downfield. We were able to turn some small gains into larger ones."
Arteaga put Whitnall on the board with a 1-yard run in the second quarter, and Ryan Korpal's extra point gave the Falcons a 7-0 lead, which they nursed until halftime.
Whitnall then blew open the game in the third period with touchdowns of 5, 24 and 2 yards by Arteaga to go up 28-0. Arteaga added another 5-yard scoring run in the fourth to close out the evening.
With Arteaga's big night, Whitnall quarterback Jacob Flores was not called upon to pass often, but when he did, he was effective, connecting on five of nine throws for 44 yards.
"He had four of his completions on third down," Quinlan said, "and he did a good job with leadership. We didn't have to pass much in the second half because we just kept doing what was working. We averaged about 6 yards per carry in the second half."
The Whitnall defense was also effective, with interceptions from Mitchell Knapp (his third of the season), Pete Mueller, Miguel Perez and Nate Yahnke.
Mallmann still out
The Falcons will be without Mallmann for at least a couple more games as he recovers from his injury.
"We heard (he would be out) four to six weeks," Quinlan said. "We're hoping it's more toward the four weeks. It isn't a severe tear, which would require surgery. We're looking forward to having him back this year."
Whitnall (2-1 overall) next plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at home against Cudahy, which fell to Shorewood/Messmer, 24-14, in its Woodland debut last week. Quarterback Rusty Murphy rushed for 105 yards in the loss.