Early errors took West Allis Central out of its Greater Metro Conference football game against Brookfield Central on Sept. 9 at the West Allis Athletic Field.
The Bulldogs kept turning over the ball on miscues such as a fumble, an interception and a blocked punt, giving the powerful Lancers easy trips to the end zone, and the result was a 26-0 deficit after just one quarter and an eventual 42-14 defeat.
"The score doesn't indicate how the game actually went," coach Keith Ringelberg said. "We kept giving them short fields with key errors. We were competitive; we played hard to the end, and we scored two late touchdowns when they still had their better players in the game."
All told, the Lancers scored five touchdowns in the first half, with the longest being just 19 yards, for a 33-0 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the third period on a 21-yard run by quarterback Griffin Johnson, with Jack McCutchen kicking the extra point.
The second West Allis score came in the fourth period on a 17-yard burst by Jose Cruz, with McCutchen again hitting the point after.
Johnson completed 16 of 29 passes for 142 yards, helping the Bulldogs outgain Brookfield through the air by 5 yards.
The Bulldogs slipped to 0-2 in the GMC and 1-3 overall.
They will take on West Allis Hale at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the athletic field. The rivalry game will carry a special significance this season because it will likely be the final meeting between the teams for at least some years due to realignment next fall.
Hale will stay in the Greater Metro, which will be linked with the Classic 8 Conference, and Central will go to the Woodland.
"This will be bittersweet," Ringelberg said. "It has been good for the community, the city and the kids to compete like this. This should be a competitive, evenly-matched game. If in the future we can get an open date, we certainly would schedule a game with Hale."