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Rayvon Bartlett Jr. received some good news in the Greenfield football team’s summer practice this year.

He found out he would be the starting quarterback for the Hustlin’ Hawks in his first season at Greenfield after transferring from Wauwatosa West, where he had directed the Trojans in the 2015 season.

“After one week (of practice), I became the starter,” Bartlett said. “I was really excited, and I wanted the season to hurry up and get going.”

Given opportunity

As the 2016 campaign began, Bartlett realized he was going to be given a full chance to show everything he could do on a football field.

“The coaches put the football in my hands,” he said, “and told me to make plays.”

He followed those orders to perfection, putting the Greenfield offense in high gear from the start.

Against Pius XI, Bartlett compiled 118 yards rushing, including an 83-yard touchdown sprint, and 142 more passing. He then shredded Brown Deer for 253 yards and four scores through the air, and he racked up 381 total yards of offense (243 passing and 138 rushing), plus four touchdowns, against Cudahy.

On it went until he finished the season with 3,124 yards of offense and 36 scores, with 2,300 yards passing with 24 touchdowns and 824 rushing with 12 touchdowns.

For that production, and his field leadership for Greenfield, Bartlett is on the 2016 Now Newspapers All-Suburban team.

“He fits our offense well,” Greenfield head coach Shane Covington said of Bartlett. “We want to run and throw, and that fits his style. He certainly can get it done in this offense.”

Bartlett, who also won honorable-mention all-state honors as well as all-region and first-team all-conference acclaim, said he enjoyed playing the quarterback spot.

“It gave me a chance to show all my abilities as well as to be the leader on the field,” he said.

Bartlett began playing quarterback in seventh grade in the Wauwatosa youth program, receiving an unexpected opportunity and making the most of it.

“The team’s quarterback quit,” he related, “and the coach asked me to go out and throw a couple of balls. Later, he asked me to take over the position.”

He started as a junior at Tosa West last season, but when his family moved, he transferred to Greenfield, where he quickly made his mark, helping lead the Hawks to their second straight Woodland Conference East Division crown and their first WIAA playoff victory in years.

“It was a successful year,” he said. “I had never won a playoff game at Tosa West.”

Stars in basketball

Bartlett is playing basketball for Greenfield and has been solid, including posting a near triple-double with 15 points and nine rebounds in a victory over Pius last week.

He plans to play college football and is looking at offers from the University of Maine and Bemidji State in Minnesota, plus a chance to walk on at Central Michigan.

Whoever does get him will certainly receive a strong athlete with plenty of additional potential.

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