Brandon Barr caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Michael Johnson to boost the West Allis Hale football team to a 35-13 triumph over South Milwaukee on Aug. 26.
Barr hauled in touchdown throws of 27, 20 and 9 yards from Johnson, who finished the night at 8-for-13 passing for 158 yards and the three scores.
"We had Brandon isolated on the outside a couple of times, and he was able to use his athleticism to get over the top to high-point the ball," coach Brandon Ehret said. "Barr has been a pleasant surprise for this being his first year of football. Mikey (Johnson) made some real nice passes throughout the night."
Helping Barr in receiving was Jacob Phillips with three catches for 47 yards.
Paddock leads rushing
The Huskies, who moved to 1-1 on the season, also had a strong rushing attack led by Zach Paddock with 131 yards on the ground and 55 more receiving. Christian Slotke ran for 41 yards and an 8-yard touchdown, Aaron Schmidt 38 yards and Thomas Hines 28 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown.
"We had a balanced attack with a number of guys contributing on the ground and over the top," Ehret said. "Our running backs ran the ball hard all night."
Ehret said the Hale offensive line did its job as well, helping the Huskies pile up 418 yards of offense and 21 first downs.
"I thought our O-line really controlled them at the point of attack and opened up some nice holes for our running game," the coach said.
The defense kept the Rockets in check most of the night.
"We knew that we had to play sound, assignment-driven football," he continued. "They (the Rockets) have a very shifty quarterback that we had to contain, and for the most part, the guys did their job. (Linebacker) Michael Schmidt had a huge game, leading us with 13 tackles and two tackles for loss. Justin Kontny (linebacker) contributed eight tackles."
Ehret said the Huskies put together a total team effort.
"We played a complete football game from all three aspects (offense, defense, special teams)," Ehret said. "We feel we can compete with anyone when we play physical, mistake-free football, which is exactly what we did."
Meet Lancers next
The Huskies begin Greater Metro Conference play when they meet Brookfield Central (2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at the West Allis Athletic Complex.
"This week is going to be a huge test for us," Ehret said. "Central has a very good football program. We have to match their physicality and then some. I'm confident that our kids will answer the bell."