Overcoming overconfidence, the Greenfield football team downed Bay View, 38-10, on Oct. 21 to post its first WIAA playoff victory since 2002.
Quarterback Rayvon Bartlett Jr. completed 14 of 18 passes for 228 yards and three scores, and Ezekiel Banks ran nine times for 90 yards and one touchdown to help the Hustlin' Hawks win their Division 2 playoff opener at home.
Greenfield had the advantage over the team from the Milwaukee City Conference, which struggled in most of its playoff games last week, but the Hawks needed to stay focused.
"We just wanted to go in and focus on the things we needed to do," said coach Shane Covington, whose team improved to 7-3 overall. "We got a little complacent at times during that game, felt like we were supposed to win or something."
Overconfidence will not be a problem this week because the Hawks' next foe is a strong Whitefish Bay squad (also 7-3) in Level 2 at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Bay.
The Blue Dukes finished second in the powerful North Shore Conference this season and featured quarterback Cade Garcia, who threw for 164 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-21 rout of South Milwaukee last week.
Running back Bo Bassindale collected 145 yards, and receiver Alex Anthony caught five passes for 137 yards in that game.
"If we take care of the little things, we can contend with anybody in the state," Covington said. "We need to have the best preparation we have had all year."
The Hawks got things started against Bay View when Elijah Rosario caught a 39-yard scoring pass from Bartlett Jr. and Denis Boyko ran in from 14 yards in the first quarter. Greenfield was up 14-0 after one quarter.
Rosario hauled in a 10-yard pass from Bartlett in the second period to help the Hawks go ahead, 21-0.
After a Bay View field goal, Manny McDonald caught a 1-yard scoring pass, Sharif Othman kicked a 31-yard field goal and Banks ran in from 21 yards to cap the game.
"We wanted to come into the game and not show too much," Covington said. "We wanted to play the best football we can, and we didn't do that at times."
Jared Davis caught four passes for 86 yards and Rosario three for 68 yards and two scores.