For a number of weeks, the Greendale football team had been searching for consistency on offense.
The Panthers found that on Oct. 7 with a 40-10 romp over Whitnall in a Woodland Conference crossover game at Whitnall High School.
Greendale rolled up 494 yards, with quarterback Clay Kujawa completing 20 of 33 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns and Tommy Kujawa running 14 times for 194 yards and one score.
The Falcons had their share of strong performances, too, led by quarterback Jacob Flores, who was 11-for-25 passing for 178 yards, including a 66-yard pass to Dan Alexopoulos for a touchdown.
The story of the game, though, was Greendale rediscovering its offense after a season marked by inconsistency.
"We had our best week of practice," coach Rob Stoltz said. "The energy level, focus and intensity were all there. It starts in practice; you can't just turn it on for the games."
Kujawa runs again
The return of Tommy Kujawa to his running back spot helped, too. Kujawa was injured in the second week of the season and had returned to the lineup, but exclusively as a receiver before the Whitnall game.
"He is 6 foot, 3 inches, 215 pounds and strong," Stoltz said. "He has incredibly quick feet and good vision, and he understands open space. He brings that dimension of football savvy and talent."
Kujawa got the Whitnall game off to a big start with a 61-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. Kyle Weinkauf followed with scoring runs of 6 and 16 yards to help the Panthers go up 19-0 in the second quarter.
Alexopoulos hauled in the 66-yard touchdown pass from Flores, and Ryan Korpal added the extra point to pull Whitnall within 19-7 at the half.
Isaiah Gaines caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Clay Kujawa, and Sean Sanchez connected on the extra point to restore Greendale's lead to 26-7.
Korpal hit a 31-yard field goal for the Falcons; then the Panthers broke open the game with a 98-yard halfback pass from Tommy Kujawa to Zach Harrison, who caught six passes for 138 yards on the night.
Nick Schaefer later took a 7-yard pass from Clay Kujawa for the final score of the contest.
Stoltz was pleased with the play of Clay Kujawa, who took over at quarterback in recent weeks.
"He makes good decisions," the coach said, "and he puts the ball on the numbers. What I like best about him is that he competes; he owns the quarterback position. He owns the successes and the mistakes."
Panthers play SM
Greendale, which improved to 6-2 on the season, next plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at South Milwaukee, which went 3-2 in the Woodland East and fell 32-26 to New Berlin West last week. The Rockets are led by quarterback Jake Simuncak, who has been putting up huge rushing numbers, including a 400-yard effort.
Whitnall (3-5 with a four-game losing streak) will take on New Berlin West at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at home. The Vikings are paced by Max Meleski, who ran for 208 yards against South Milwaukee.
Whitnall and West both are seeking their third conference victory of the season, which would make them playoff eligible.