Jumping out to a quick lead and then holding off a Wauwatosa East comeback, West Allis Hale won its first Greater Metro Conference football game of the season on Sept. 30.
The Huskies prevailed, 21-20, to move to 1-4 in the GMC and 2-5 overall.
Brandon Barr helped Hale get off to a good start with two touchdowns in the first six minutes on passes of 25 and 31 yards from quarterback Michael Johnson.
"Barr really allows us to spread the field vertically, which opens some things up," coach Brandon Ehret said.
Tosa East, which was also looking for its first GMC triumph, rallied with two scores to tie the game at 14-14 at the half.
The Huskies regained the advantage in the third period when Aaron Schmidt hauled in an 11-yard pass from Johnson. Barr made the extra point to move the lead to 21-14.
East made a late charge, scoring on a 20-yard run from Jeremiah King with 3 minutes, 4 seconds left in the game. The Red Raiders went for two points and the possible victory, but a run fell short, and the Huskies held on to win.
"We were able to move the ball consistently," Ehret said, "but there were times throughout the game that we really hurt ourselves. We have to do a much better job of taking care of the football. Wet conditions are no excuse."
Johnson completed seven of 13 passes for 132 yards and three scores and added 77 yards on the ground. Barr caught three passes for 75 yards and two scores, and Christian Slotke ran for 64 yards.
Ehret was also not completely satisfied with his team's defense.
"We have to play much better on the defensive side of the ball," he said. "We would put Tosa in a third- or fourth-and-long situation, but (the Raiders) did a solid job of converting. In situations like that, we have to be more assertive and get off the field."
Austin Spitzer racked up 14 tackles, including two for loss, and Brad Foster had 10 tackles.
Hale next takes on Menomonee Falls (2-3 in the GMC) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at home in a game the Indians need to win to secure a WIAA playoff spot.