Even though nothing was on the line except pride, the West Allis Hale football team came out strongly and battled powerful Marquette for most of the first half on Oct. 14.

The Hilltoppers, however, gained control later and pulled away for a 49-16 victory in the Greater Metro Conference finale at the West Allis Athletic Field.

"I thought we came out and stood toe-to-toe with them for a majority of the first half," coach Brandon Ehret said. "Defensively, I was happy with what we were doing on first and second downs, but we struggled in situations that we wanted to have them in, which were third and medium or long."

Hale wound up 1-6 in the Greater Metro and 2-7 overall.

Quarterback Michael Johnson finished 13-of-24 passing for 207 yards and a touchdown and finished the season with a school-record 1,441 yards as well as 14 touchdowns.

Christian Slotke caught three passes for 72 yards and a 30-yard score and picked up 20 more on the ground with a 7-yard touchdown and Brandon Barr connected on a 35-yard field goal.

"Christian is a very quiet leader for us but has played with a huge chip on his shoulder all season," the coach said. "He's done everything that we ask of him and does it to the best of his ability."

Zack Paddock caught four passes for 50 yards and led the rushing attack with 33 yards.

Defensively, Justin Kontny collected 11 tackles and Jon Rau nine tackles and an interception. Brad Foster and Austin Spitzer each had six tackles.