The preliminaries are over for the Greenfield football team, and now the real fun begins in the Woodland Conference.
The Hustlin' Hawks blanked Cudahy, 34-0, on Sept. 16 behind 381 total yards of offense from quarterback Rayvon Bartlett Jr. and a stingy defense, which held the Packers to 149 net yards.
Greenfield improved to 3-0 in the Woodland East Division and 4-1 overall and faces the two other top teams in the division in the next two weeks.
The Hawks will next play at Whitnall (2-1, 3-2) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. The Falcons are coming off a 21-19 loss to Shorewood/Messmer last week.
Greenfield then finishes division play at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, against Shorewood/Messmer at Shorewood High School.
If the Hawks sweep, they would win the East crown outright for the second straight season.
Led 6-0 at half
They got past Cudahy last week, although they struggled a bit in the first half. The Hawks were up only 6-0 at the half on a 49-yard touchdown reception by Ezekiel Banks from Bartlett.
"It took us a while to get going," coach Shane Covington said. "We made a lot of mistakes in the first half. We fumbled at the Cudahy 1-yard line and again in the red zone. We were not taking care of the little things."
In the second half, the mistakes stopped, and the points started to come.
Banks tallied on a 41-yard run, and Bartlett rambled for 89 yards on a keeper, both in the third period. Both extra points by Alejandro Laboy were good, putting the Hawks up 20-0 after three quarters.
Wide receiver Donnie Reasby then got in the act in the fourth period, catching scoring passes of 17 and 97 yards from Bartlett to put away the game.
Bartlett finished with 13-of-18 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns and ran nine times for 138 yards and another score.
"He fits our offense well," Covington said of Bartlett. "We want to run and throw, and that fits his style. He is a balanced player, although I think he is a better passer than runner. He certainly can get it done in this offense."
Banks ran for 72 yards and Denis Boyko added 40 yards on four carries for the Hawks, who racked up 542 net yards on the evening.
Reasby averages 30
Reasby caught four passes for 123 yards, a nifty average of 30.8 yards per reception, and the two touchdowns. Banks had one catch for 49 yards and Elijah Rosario three for 31 yards.
"Reasby is just a good athlete who can play multiple positions, which helps me out," Covington said. "He is getting it done this year as well."
The defense was led by Zach De Smet with eight tackles; David Smith eight tackles and one tackle for loss; Tyler Ahlborn nine tackles, one for loss; Elijah Valero four tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss; and Billy Pitroski five tackles.