Crucial mistakes hurt the Greenfield football team in a 31-21 Woodland Conference crossover loss to New Berlin Eisenhower on Oct. 7, and they will need to be cleaned up quickly because a bigger test awaits.
The Hustlin' Hawks, the Woodland Conference East Division champions, will take on Pewaukee, the West Division winner, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Greenfield High School in the conference championship contest.
Pewaukee went 4-1 to win the West, including a key victory over Eisenhower, and downed Shorewood/Messmer, 48-12, in its Woodland crossover game last week.
Brandon Berg rushed for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Shorewood, and Michael Walters scored on a pass and an interception return for Pewaukee (7-1).
Greenfield (6-2 overall) will be seeking its second straight Woodland crown, having beaten Greendale for that honor last season.
"We have to focus on the little things," coach Shane Covington said. "We don't always pay too much attention to detail, and our effort kind of goes up and down in games. When we hit some adversity, we have to answer the bell."
In the Woodland crossover game against Eisenhower last week, the Hawks were able to move the ball for much of the game, outgaining the Lions, 337 yards to 267, but were thwarted by several mistakes. Those included three interceptions, one returned for a touchdown.
"We had too many mistakes, too many turnovers, too many penalties," Covington said. "We had the three interceptions, and two were in the red zone."
After an early Eisenhower field goal, quarterback Rayvon Bartlett Jr. scored from 1 yard out to give the Hawks a 7-3 lead in the second period. Eisenhower came back with a 1-yard run by Joey Scaffidi to go ahead 10-7 at the half.
Bartlett broke loose for an 89-yard touchdown scamper, and Sharif Othman hit the extra point to put Greenfield up, 14-10, after three quarters.
Sam Streeter caught a 4-yard scoring pass from Bartlett, and the Hawks built their lead to 21-10, but Eisenhower again rallied on an interception return for a score, an 18-yard touchdown pass and a 46-yard run by Scaffidi.
Bartlett finished 14-of-22 passing for 188 yards and ran 11 times for 106 yards, accounting for three touchdowns.
Streeter caught five passes for 80 yards and Elijah Rosario two for 59 yards.
Defensively, David Smith collected 10 tackles and two tackles for loss; Michael Zamora 10 tackles; Tyler Ahlborn eight tackles; Donnie Reasby six tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss; Michael Raetz seven tackles; and Sam Wolfgram five tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss.
This game did not count in the Woodland standings, but the next one counts for everything.