Glenn Martin and Xavier Mullins each scored three times as the West Allis Central football team rolled past Hope Christian, 63-0, on Aug. 26.
The Bulldogs, after being shut out in the second half against Whitnall in their previous game, put points on the board early and often against the overmatched Christian squad, jumping to a 56-0 halftime advantage.
"They had seven turnovers, so we had a lot of short fields, and we just kept scoring," coach Keith Ringelberg said. "This is the kind of game where you can at least build some confidence. We knew what to expect going in, and the game went as expected. You still have to step up, play hard and stay fundamentally sound, though."
Ringelberg said the main benefit to come out of the game is that his team won with class even though it completely dominated.
"As coaches, we have been preaching about being built for others (to stay considerate of others)," he said. "We won easily, but we did it honorably. Nobody got in anyone's face, and there was no taunting or anything. They did this with real class, and I am proud of them. This might be the beginning of flipping around (the culture) here."
Martin began the scoring with a 9-yard run; then Kelshawn Johnson hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Griffin Johnson, which happened to be the only pass Johnson attempted all night.
Mullins tallied from 25 and 21 yards, and then Jose Cruz, seeing his first action of the season, scored from 23 yards out.
Ringelberg is happy to see Cruz return from injury and expects him to add more fuel to an explosive offense, along with Martin and Mullins.
After that, Martin scored twice more, including a 76-yard gallop, and Mullins returned a fumble for another score.
Martin finished with 144 yards and the three scores on just five carries for the Bulldogs.
Defensively, Central held mistake-prone Hope Christian to minus-53 net yards, with minus-48 on the ground.
The Bulldogs step way up in class this week when they begin Greater Metro Conference action at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Brookfield East, which is 2-0 and has outscored Pius XI and Beaver Dam by a combined 86-0.
The Spartans are led by senior running back/linebacker Sam Santiago-Lloyd, who earned first-team all-state honors last season on both offense and defense.