Quarterback Michael Johnson threw for four touchdowns and scored one himself, but his West Allis Hale football team still dropped a tough 41-35 game to Sussex Hamilton on Sept. 23.
The senior completed 20 of 29 passes for 298 yards on the night, including scoring tosses to four different receivers: Zack Paddock, Thomas Hines, Jack Ratajewski and Jacob Phillips.
"Mikey Johnson put the ball on the money all night and played his best ballgame of the season," coach Brandon Ehret said. "I thought we played one of our better offensive games in a while, accumulating 440 yards of offense, including 304 through the air. We established the run game early on, and that led to the pass as the game went on.
"We have a number of kids who can step up for us on any given night, and here, Hines, Phillips and (Michael) Schmidt really stepped up."
The Huskies, though, still fell to 0-4 in the Greater Metro Conference and 1-5 overall.
Hale struck first when Johnson found Paddock with an 11-yard pass in the first quarter, and the Huskies held that 7-0 lead after the period.
Hamilton's Jackson Kollath tallied twice to help the Chargers go up 13-7; then Hines gathered in a 70-yard touchdown pass from Johnson, and the extra point by Kishawn Williams put Hale up 14-13.
The Chargers scored again for a 20-14 halftime edge and then pulled away with three straight touchdowns.
The Huskies answered with a 5-yard scoring run from Johnson, a 26-yard pass from Johnson to Ratajewski and a 38-yard toss from Johnson to Phillips but came up short.
"The kids continued to battle," Ehret said. "I was proud of the resiliency of our kids, but there are a number of things that we need to clean up, especially penalties."
Hale next takes on Wauwatosa East at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. The Red Raiders are also winless in GMC play.