The Greendale Panthers have officially secured the top spot in the Woodland West Conference by defeating Wauwatosa 35-20 at their Homecoming. It wasn't a high scoring game as in past games but every team has an off night once in a while.
With the new crossover procedure set in place, Greendale will now have to travel to a Woodland East opponent, which will be Brown Deer (4-1) (6-1 overall). The way it works is that the 1st place team from each conference will play the 2nd place team from the other conference and the 3rd place team will crossover and play the 4th place team and so on. This game is classified as a non-conference game so it won't affect a team's conference record. The following week will be a different story, however. That week will match the teams together based on their standings and will count as a conference game. What that means is that Greendale (5-0) (7-0 overall) will host Woodland East's South Milwaukee (5-0) (7-0 overall) for the overall Woodland Conference Championship much like the Big Ten.
Greendale got on the board early as they scored on their first drive when senior runing back Jake Zywicki ran one in from 4-yards out. Senior Frankie Rutkowski split the uprights making the score 7-0 with 6:39 left in the 1st quarter.
After a defensive stop, the Panthers reached the end zone again on a 61-yard scoring strike from junior quarterback Josh Ringelberg to junior David Johnson. The point after try was good making the score 14-0 with 2:19 left in the 1st.
Then Wauwatosa struck pay dirt on a huge 76-yard run by Demaris Purifoy. Kicker Zach Veit made the point after try cutting Greendale's lead in half by a score of 14-7 with 1:16 still left in the 1st.
The only score in the 2nd quarter came when Ringelberg kept it himself and scored from 12-yards out. The score at the half was 21-7 in favor of Greendale.
Things were quiet for Greendale in the 3rd but not for Wauwatosa as they scored on a 2-yard run by Greg Lewis. The extra point try was missed-making the score 21-13 at the end of 3.
The 4th quarter saw Greendale putting up 2 scores by Zywicki on runs of 12 and 38-yards. Wauwatosa managed to put one last touchdown up on the board on a 17-yard pass from Jared Morzinski to Develyn Ferguson with 1:34 left in the game.
With the exception of passing yards and completion percentages, this game was very even and somewhat sloppy as turnovers and penalties plagued both teams. Zywicki finished the night with 171 rushing yards and Ringelberg went 10-19 for 155-yards through the air.
For more information on the Greendale Panther football program, visit the Greendale Panther Touchdown Club’s website at www.greendalefootball.com