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2012 WIAA Playoffs
11/16/12

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The 2012 Banquet
11/14/12

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2012 Post Season Accolades
11/2/12

Varsity
Almost!
Brookfield East @ Greendale.
10/26/12

Varsity
Not This Time!
Brown Deer @ Greendale.
10/19/12

Varsity
Greendale Buzz Saws Brown Deer In Regular Season Finale
Brown Deer @ Greendale.
10/12/12

Freshmen
Freshmen Finish Season with a Bang!
Greendale @ Brown Deer.
10/11/12

Varsity Reserve
A Gallant Effort to End the Season
Wauwatosa West @ Greendale.
10/8/12

Varsity
Panthers Fight to the Finish But Came Up Short
Wauwatosa West @ Greendale.
10/5/12

Freshmen
Coming Into Their Own
Greendale @ Wauwatosa West.
10/5/12

Varsity Reserve
Got One!
Greendale @ New Berlin West.
10/1/12

Varsity
Too Many Mistakes Doom the Panthers
Greendale @ New Berlin West.
9/28/12

Freshmen
A Big Play Night For The Freshmen
New Berlin West @ Greendale.
9/27/12

Varsity Reserve
Still Can't find That End Zone
New Berlin Eisenhower @ Greendale.
9/24/12

Varsity
Another Classic Gridiron Battle Between the Cats
New Berlin Eisenhower @ Greendale.
9/21/12

Freshmen
Things Are Missing!
Greendale @ New Berlin Eisenhower.
9/20/12

Varsity Reserve
Greendale's Old Offense Comes Back to Haunt Them
Greendale @ Pewaukee.
9/17/12

Varsity
Watt Happened?
Greendale @ Pewaukee.
9/14/12

Freshmen
Back On Track!
Pewaukee @ Greendale.
9/14/12

Varsity Reserve
Victorious At Last!
Pius @ Greendale.
9/10/12

Varsity
Panthers Welcome Pius to the Woodland in a Not So Nice Way
Pius @ Greendale.
9/7/12

Freshmen
No MoJo!
Greendale @ Pius.
9/6/12

Varsity Reserve
Offensive Troubles Continue
Greendale @ Greenfield.
9/4/12

Varsity
Panther Young Guns Out Shoot The Hawks
Greendale @ Greenfield.
8/31/12

Freshmen
Panthers Stalk - Then Pounce
Greenfield @ Greendale.
8/30/12

Varsity Reserve
Still Can't Get Out Of First Gear!
Greendale @ South Milwaukee.
8/27/12

Varsity
Surprise... Surprise!
Greendale @ South Milwaukee.
8/24/12

Varsity Reserve
1st Half Good! - 2nd Half Not So Good!
Greendale @ Brown Deer.
8/23/12

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Meet The Captains
Meet this year's 6 team captains.
8/20/12

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Seniors
Meet the 2012 seniors.
8/20/12

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2012 Practice Begins
Practice begins at Carroll University.
8/6/12

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2012 All-Star Game
Panther players that represented Greendale at the 2012 WFCA All-Star Game.
6/29/12

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WISCO Passing League
Panther players take part in WISCO's passing tournament.
6/17/12

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Graduation Day at the "G"
Saying good bye to the seniors.
6/10/12

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WAKE UP! ... Summer Is Here!
Football players taking on some community service.
5/24/12

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Greendale May Have It's First Badger!
Former Panther Brett Nethery will be heading to Madison as a preferred walk-on.
4/25/12

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An Experience to Remember!
Senior Kennedy Ringelberg receives WFCA scholarship at special awards banquet held in Green Bay.
4/9/12

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Players That Are Whitewater Bound!
Seniors Drake Barczak and Brett Nethery have made their decision on where they will play college football.
3/19/12

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Two Panthers Selected For All-Star Game!
Seniors Kennedy Ringelberg and Matt Pulizos will play in the WFCA All-Star game in July.
1/20/12

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A Pleasant Surprise!
R.A. Mattrisch 11/30/12

You will always know when the high school football season is over when the 7 champions are awarded the gold ball in Madison. For those teams, it will be something that they will never forget only because it's not easy to reach that turf in Madison. For Greendale, their season ended 3 games short of that as they were eliminated in the 2nd round against a tough Brookfield East Spartan team.

Being around this sport for as long as I have, you get a great understanding of what it takes to be successful year after year. Going into this season, I knew that Greendale was going to be very young, so based on all of the coaching experiences and general knowledge I have for high school football, I told myself that this would be a year where I probably shouldn't expect the world. WHY? It's because of the total senior count on the team this year. For those of you that might not be that familiar with how things usually transpire, teams with strong senior numbers usually have the advantage during the course of the season. Take the last game for instance. Greendale had 9 seniors with only 8 being able to play, while Brookfield East had 23. A team with over 20 seniors means that you have 20 older and more mature players that have been playing high school football for 4 years. Along with that comes a lot of experience so one could conclude that heavily senior populated teams should always fair very well during that season.

BUT... There was an anomaly this year! Anomaly means; a deviation from the common rule, type of arrangement, or form. That anomaly would be the Greendale Panthers. While on paper they were young, on the field they didn't play like it. Yes, I am admitting that I was wrong this year because after 35 years of hanging around this great sport, I have never seen a team do what the Panthers did this year. In fact, it was absolutely incredible! Even the high school coaches and the general media outlets couldn't believe it. Greendale was making a name for itself with 52 players of which only 9 were seniors. What does that mean? It means that there are a lot of players that got varsity experience this year. It also means that there are going to be a lot of players returning next year. Remember what I said about the value of having a lot of seniors on a team? Nuf said!

So what exactly happened this year anyway? First of all, we need to address the seniors that were on the team this year. These guys had the daunting task of leading a young group of guys through the course of the season. Yeah... all 9 of them! Needless to say, they probably had more pressure on them then seniors of the past only because there weren't a lot of them. Yet, they managed to be the glue to hold the whole team together. My hat goes off to each and every one of them for taking on a task unmatched by pretty much ever other group seniors in the state. They lead this team to another successful winning season and to the playoffs, which by the way was Greendale's 8th consecutive appearance in a row. Look around in our conference and ask yourself how many teams have done that lately?

Of course one has to admire the Panther's coaching staff as well... Especially after this year! They knew long before the first practice even started that they would have their hands full. In talking with them during the summer, they weren't even sure who would be playing where. Yet they methodically put the puzzle together with the pieces they had and formed a team that was not only able to compete, but was successful and able to win! I'm sure that took a lot of extra work, but that's what they do. They work and work hard because they know what it takes to win. I would expect nothing less here at Greendale because expectations are always high and they know it. They have created an atmosphere here that other communities would die for. They truly are the most revered staff in the area if not the state.

And finally, the returning players... Yes... they are called underclassmen, but if you saw any of the games this year, they didn't play like underclassmen. Who would ever have imagined a sophomore starting at quarterback or a freshmen starting at linebacker? The talent that they possess at their level is uncanny. What's even more impressive was their heart, their attitude, and their work ethic. These guys knew what it took to win because they have been watching what has been going on through their entire life. They knew what it takes to win! The one thing that really stood out the most for me was that these guys were having fun too. At the end of the day, that's what it's all about! One can only hope that these guys will stick together and work hard during the off-season for next year. They should know and realize the opportunity they have coming before them. If they can do that, expect great things for next year. When I think about that I get very excited and you all should too!

On behalf of the Greendale Panther Touchdown Club and Panther fans everywhere, I want to thank the coaches, the seniors, and all the players that played football this year at ALL levels for another job well done. You have done nothing short of making the Village of Greendale proud once again!

Rodney MattrischThis will pretty much conclude things for a while. This website will now proceed to slip into hibernation. Rest assured that if news pops up, we will post it here. This year saw a record of over 15,000 hits during the course of the season. That tells me one thing... There are a lot of Panther fans out there. If you enjoy what we have here, please help the GPTC out by joining the club and volunteering for fundraising events that we have. We would like to continue to be able to support what is probably the best high school football program in the state... The Greendale Panthers!

Until next season, enjoy life!

GO PANTHERS!

Rodney,
GPTC Webmaster

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The Final Play of the 2012 Season
R. A. Mattrisch - 11/14/12

2012 BanquetAs in the past, the Greendale Panther football season always ends with a banquet. This year was no exception. This is a special event as all of the players, coaches, families, and friends gather one last time to acknowledge their seasons as well as each other.

The event started at 5:30pm with a reception social. During this time, people have the opportunity to look at that beautiful picture boards on display as well as browse the many different items available for raffle. There was everything from gift certificates, apparel and various electronic items.

2012 BanquetAt about 6:30, everyone was asked to move into the large dinning area to find his or her seats, as the food would be served family style. On the menu was baked chicken, beef roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, rolls, and finished off with a small dish of ice cream. When the meal was finished, the tickets were drawn for the raffle and the prizes were distributed.

2012 BanquetThen it was time for head coach Rob Stoltz to take over for the recognition and awards portion of the night. There were special thanks dished out to everyone that had any part in making this football season what it was and for making the program what it is. Then it was time to acknowledge this year's all-conference winners.

This year's all-conference winners on offense are: Peter Pekar (TE), Sam Bryan (OL), Brandon Hart (OL), Mitchell Brees (WR), and Jake Zywicki (RB).

2012 BanquetThis year's all-conference winners on defense are: Peter Pekar (DE/OLB), Mitchell Brees (DB), and Nate Miller (ILB).

This year's all-conference honorable mention winners on offense are: Frankie Rutkowski (K), Josh Ringelberg (QB), Cody Kmetz (WR), Jesse Johnston (OL), and Chris Halbur (OL).

This year's all-conference honorable mention winners on defense are: Frankie Rutkowski (OLB), Zack Henderson (OLB), and Peter Pekar (P).

This year Greendale only had one Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) all-region team player in Peter Pekar who got recognition on both sides of the ball at (TE) and (OLB).

2012 BanquetFollowing the all-conference recognition, the freshmen players were all introduced and given their awards by their coaches. It was then time to acknowledge all of the non-senior varsity members. Doing the introductions here was assistant coach Keith Ringelberg. Once the underclassmen were recognized, it would be Rob Stoltz that would introduce the seniors. As in the past, he prepared a nice speech on each and every senior because after all, this will be the last time that they will be participating in the football program. This years seniors were; Sam Bryan, Adam Gamroth, Brandon Hart, Jessie Johnston, David Michaels, Peter Pekar, Mike Pulizos, Mike Scheidt, and Gaelan Seibold.

Finally, the special team awards were announced.

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Chris Phillips & Riley Fragosso

The "Scout Team Player(s) of the Year" award went to Riley Fragosso and Chris Phillips.

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Adam Gamroth

The "Specialty Teams Player of the Year" award went to Adam Gamroth.

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Jessie Johnston

The "Linemen of the Year" award went to Jessie Johnston.

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Nate Miller

The "Defensive Player of the Year" award went to Nate Miller.

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Riley Fragosso

The "Most Improved Player of the Year" award went to Riley Fragosso.

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Josh Ringelberg

The "Offensive Player of the Year" award went to Josh Ringelberg.

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Peter Pekar

The teams "Most Valuable Player of the Year" award went to Peter Pekar.

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Jesse Johnston

The "Pride of the Panther" award went to Jessie Johnston.

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The evening concluded around 9:45 as handshakes and hugs were exchanged, and pictures were taken. The 2012 season was now officially over and the 2013 season has officially begun.

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WIAA State Playoffs


Final Brackets:
Division 1 - Division 2 - Division 3 - Division 4 - Division 5 - Division 6 - Division 7

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS:
Camp Randall - Madison, WI

Div. 1 - Arrowhead (13-0) 35 - Sun Prairie (12-1) 14
Div. 2 - Homestead (12-1) 14 - Waunakee (12-1) 0
Div. 3 - Catholic Memorial (11-2) 42 - Waupaca (12-1) 7
Div. 4 - Somerset (12-1) 35 - Big Foot (12-1) 33 (OT)
Div. 5 - Amherst (13-0) 19 - Lancaster (12-1) 7
Div. 6 - St. Mary's Springs (13-0) 24 - Regis (12-1) 14
Div. 7 - Glenwood City (11-2) 46; Potosi (12-1) 21

 

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2012 Post Season Accolades!
R. A. Mattrisch - 11/2/12

The high school 2012 football season is slowly coming to an end. It's now time to recognize those individuals who excelled at their craft during this past season. All of the conference head coaches get together and through a special process, they nominate, discuss, and select this year's post season all-conference selections.

Below is the list of Greendale players that the Woodland coaches felt should be on this elite list. When more accolades come out, we will add them in as we go.

Greendale's Woodland West All-Conference Selections!

1st Team

Offense

Peter Pekar (TE) ... Unanimous selection
Sam Bryan (OL)
Brandon Hart (OL)
Mitchell Brees (WR)
Jake Zywicki

Defense

Peter Pekar (DE/OLB)
Mitchell Brees (DB)
Nate Miller (ILB)

Honorable Mention

Offense:

Frankie Rutkowski (K)
Josh Ringelberg (QB)
Cody Kmetz (WR)
Jesse Johnston (OL)
Chris Halbur (OL)

Defense:

Frankie Rutkowski (OLB)
Zack Henderson (OLB)
Peter Pekar (P)

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2012 All Suburban Team

Offense:

High Honorable Mention

Josh Ringelberg (QB)
Jake Zywicki (RB)

Honorable Mention

Sam Bryan (C)
Brandon Hart (OG)
Mitchell Brees (WR)

Defense:

1st Team

Peter Pekar (All-Purpose)

Honorable Mention

Nate Miller (LB)
Mitchell Brees (DB)

 

For the complete list of the offense, click here.

For the complete list of the defense, click here.

For the main article, click here.

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WFCA All-Region Team

Offense:

SE - Peter Pekar (TE)

Defense:

SE - Peter Pekar (OLB)

For the complete list of the All-Region team, click here.

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WFCA All-State Team

Honorable Mention

Offense:

SE - Peter Pekar (TE)

Defense:

SE - Peter Pekar (OLB)

For the complete list of the All-State Team, click here.

For the complete list of the Honorable Mention All-State Team, click here.

 

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Almost!
R. A. Mattrisch - 10/28/12

Brookfield East @ Greendale (Varsity)It's was ironic that the same two teams playing at the same place with the same thing on the line would get together again for another football game for the second year in a row. Yes the Brookfield East Spartans were in town once again to play the Greendale Panthers. Last year it was a battle to the end, but Greendale would come up short losing by a score of 14-7. The only difference is that last year, it was a level 1 game whereas this year, it would be a level 2 game. Brookfield was a young team last year so needless to say they weren't young this year. In fact, they are also having a dream season as they went undefeated in the Greater Metro conference to capture their first conference title by themselves in the school's history. Greendale, on the other hand, has been making that a habit as they have won 5 conference championships in the last 8 years. Greendale has also made the playoffs for their 8th consecutive year in a row.

After it was all said and done though, the more senior dominated team would win this game as Brookfield East would come out on top by a score of 28-21 ending the Panther's season.

Brookfield East @ Greendale (Varsity)Going into this game, people were thinking that it would be a high scoring affair because no one has really stopped Greendale's passing attack and no one has never really stopped Brookfield's running attack. Instead what we saw was a defensive battle as both teams apparently did their homework on defense.

The Panthers would receive first to start the game. After a short return, they would start from their 28. It looked like East was in the Panther huddle as they smothered all 3 plays forcing Greendale to punt going 3 and out.

After the kick, it was now Brookfield's turn on offense. They would be starting from their 33. One their very 1st play, junior quarterback Zach Damico would mishandle the snap and had to fall on it but not before losing 9-yards on the play. Greendale eventually forced them to punt going 3 and out as well.

Brookfield East @ Greendale (Varsity)After the kick, sophomore quarterback Josh Ringelberg would lead the offence out onto the field and start from their 27. They would try 3 running plays that took the ball to the 36 where they would be looking at a 4th and 1. Head coach Rob Stoltz who loves to gamble would roll the dice and go for it on 4th down. Ringelberg would make it by a foot for the games first 1st down. On the very next play, Ringelberg would roll to his left and spotted a wide-open Cody Kmetz down the left sideline for a sure touchdown, but the ball would be slightly overthrown putting a scare in East. Two plays later, they were forced to punt back to the Spartans.

East would take over on their 30. Up until now, the Panther defense was doing a great job at containing a very powerful Spartan offense. They continued that trend forcing the Spartans to punt going 3 and out.

After the kick, Greendale would take over on their 42. This game was turning out to be more of a defensive battle, as they would have to punt going 3 and out as well.

Brookfield who was still looking for their first 1st down of the game would start from their 23 after a nice punt by Peter Pekar. This time they would get off 6-plays taking the ball to the Panther 45 before they would have to punt once again. That kick would make in to the end zone so Greendale would start from their 20.

Brookfield East @ Greendale (Varsity)Greendale had trouble dealing with Brookfield's speed and was forced to punt to start the 2nd quarter.

After a short kick, the Spartans would take over on their 45. Thirteen plays later, they would finally reach the end zone as senior running back Zach Schober would take in from 1-yard out. Kicker Connor Allen would make the point after try making the score 7-0 with 6:59 left in the 1st half.

After the ensuing kick, Greendale would take over on their 21. On the very first play, they would try a trick play of which Ringelberg would pitch it to Kmetz, who would then throw a pass towards Mitchell Brees. It looked like the defender was going to intercept the ball, but it slipped through his hands right into the hands of Bress who then took off up field for a nice 42-yard gain. The Panthers continued to move the ball and looked to be going in, but 5-plays later, Ringelberg couldn't handle the snap and fumbled of which East would fall on at the Panther's 14.

Again the cat's defense stepped up to the plate and forced the Spartans to punt as they went 3 and out.

Brookfield East @ Greendale (Varsity)After a short kick, Greendale would take over from their 48. Five plays later, they reached the end zone as Kmetz hauled in a Ringelberg pass from 26-yards out. Kicker Frankie Rutkowski made the kick and this game would be all tied up at 7's with 1:00 left in the 1st half.

After the kick, the Spartans took over on their 36. Greendale's defense was doing another great job, but on a 2nd and 10 play, Greendale was called for a mysterious penalty that caused some controversy. On the play Panther defender Zach Henderson collided with the receiver behind the line of scrimmage on a screen pass, which is legal. An official on that sideline threw a flag of which everyone thought would be for pass interference, which it wasn't to begin with. Then all of the officials seemed very confused and got together for a lengthy meeting. After they broke the meeting, they marched off 10 yards and came up with a holding call on the Panthers, which made no sense whatsoever. Head coach Rob Stoltz was livid and called a time out to confront the official. In the end, the officials stuck with their call, which seemed more like a cover-up than anything else. That was too bad because all everyone would expect is for a right call to be made because after all, this was a playoff game. East would continue with their drive. As it ended up, there was no holding to be found on the game film. Four plays later, Schober would get loose up the left sideline for a 37-yard touchdown run. Allen would make the kick as the Spartans would throw up 7 more points with :11 seconds left in the half making the score 14-7.

Greendale would get the kick and take a knee to end the 1st half of play.

Brookfield East @ Greendale (Varsity)Greendale would kick to start the 2nd half. After their attempt of a pooch kick failed, East would get the ball on their 42. They got off 8-plays before the Panthers stopped them on their 30.

Greendale would now start their first drive of the 2nd half. Again their running game was not working as Greendale was getting beat up front on the line of scrimmage. They would have to punt going 3 and out.

After the kick, the Spartans would take over on their 35. This time, it would take them 5-plays to reach the end zone, as Schober took it in from 6-yards out. Allen made the point after and East was now on top 21-7 with 4:58 left in the 3rd quarter.

After a short kick and return, the Panthers would start from their 42. Eleven plays later, they crossed the goal line as Ringelberg took it in himself from 2-yards out. Rutkowski made the kick making the score 21-14 in favor of East with :59 seconds left in the 3rd.

After the kick, Brookfield would start from their 45. Three plays later, an East receiver would fumble after a catch of which Brees would recover for Greendale on their 48.

Brookfield East @ Greendale (Varsity)Greendale now had the ball. On the very first play, Ringelberg would get hit for a huge 9-yard loss putting them in a long yardage situation right off the bat. That would be the last play of the 3rd quarter. After switching sides, Greendale would try another pass that was incomplete so recognizing that they had a long way to go, Ringelberg would quick kick taking the ball all the way to the East 19 after a nice roll.

On Brookfield's 5th play, Wisconsin Badger bound Alec James would take a handoff and run 67-yards for another Spartan touchdown. Allen made his kick and East now increased their lead by a score of 28-14 with 9:46 left in the game.

After the return on the ensuing kick, Greendale would take over on their 23. They ran off 5-plays before having to punt from their 40.

On this kick, the Spartan return man misjudged the ball as it would hit him square in the face mask and bounce back towards Henderson of which he would recover for Greendale on the Spartan 44.

Six plays later, Ringelberg connected with Brees on a 7-yard slant pass for a Panther touchdown. Rutkowski made the kick as Greendale now only trailed by a score of 28-21 with 4:43 left in the game.

After the ensuing kick, Brookfield would take over on their 36. Five plays later, Greendale's Jack Ringelberg intercepted a pass on his 34. Amazingly as this seems, this was Damico's first interception of the season, which adds up to 10 games.

Greendale now had the ball with 2:14 still left on the clock and a chance to tie the game. They ran 4-plays before looking at a 4th and 7. Ringelberg would roll to his right and loft a pass in the direction of Brees. He could not make the catch ending their chance to tie and thus ending their season. Brookfield would take 3 knees to end the game.

Brookfield East @ Greendale (Varsity)The final score would be, Brookfield East 28 - Greendale 21. This was almost a repeat of last year's 1st round playoff performance as these two teams battled to the bitter end in somewhat of a low scoring affair. Greendale had their chances but just could not make enough plays to win. Brookfield, on the other hand did make enough plays to defeat the Panthers for the 2nd year in a row. Brookfield who remains undefeated will now move on to play the winner of the Whitefish Bay - Brookfield Central game for round 3. Greendale will be handing their equipment in finishing 6-4 for the season.

No one would have ever imagined that Greendale would go as far as they did with such a young team. They only had 8 seniors in uniform playing for them this year. To put things in perspective, Brookfield has 24 seniors on their squad this year. That means that Greendale will be pretty much returning their whole team next year. One can only imagine what to expect because there isn't anything more valuable then experience when it comes to playing the game of football at the varsity level.

Photos by Chuck Cairns

For stats of the game, click here.

To see the video highlights of the game, click here.

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Chuck Cairns Flicke siteFor those who want to see more of Chuck Cairns' pictures from this game, click here to visit his Flickr website. Chuck is the Greendale Panther Touchdown Club's official game photographer. He has been with the GPTC since its inception and enjoys taking live action shots of sporting events.

 

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Not This Time! Greendale Defeats Wauwatosa Panther Style
R. A. Mattrisch - 10/19/12

Greendale @ Wauwatosa West - WIAA PlayoffsIn the past, you usually wouldn't see conference opponents play each other in the first round of the WIAA State playoffs. That was then, this is now. Under the new format, teams from the same conference could play each other which is what happened to Greendale and Wauwatosa West this year. After the seed meeting, Tosa was seeded 4th and Greendale would be seeded 5th. In an 8-team bracket, 4 will always play 5 in the 1st round.

In the first meeting, Wauwatosa defeated Greendale 37-30 in overtime in somewhat of a poorly played game by the Panthers. That left a sour taste in their mouth so when they heard that they would have another chance to play Tosa, they got excited. This time things ended up a tad different as Greendale came out and put on an offensive show as they defeated the Trojans by a score of 41-16. This game was loaded with big plays as the Panthers struck hard and fast and never gave Wauwatosa any kind of chance to get in the game.

Greendale would be receiving first to start the game. After a modest return, they would start from their 25. It didn't take long for Greendale to flex its offensive muscle for on the 2nd play in the drive, Ringelberg would keep an option around the left end and scampered 74-yards leaving defenders in his wake for the game's first touchdown. The snap for the point after was on the ground so kicker Frankie Rutkowski had no choice but to pick it up and see if he could reach the end zone. That didn't happen so Greendale would only put up 6 on the scoreboard with 11:02 left in the opening quarter of play.

Greendale @ Wauwatosa West - WIAA PlayoffsAfter the ensuing kick, which went out of bounds, Tosa would start from the 35. They brought out their offense minus two main cogs, as running back Brock Jameson was not suited up and somehow speedster wide-out Develyn Fergesen hurt his ankle in pre-game warm ups. The team would be without their services for the night. They managed to pound the ball 10-plays before being forced to punt from Greendale's 33.

After a great kick by Mickey Morgan, Greendale would start from their 5. They didn't waste any time for on the 2nd play in the drive, Ringelberg hooked up with Cody Kmetz for a huge 87-yard scoring strike. The try for 2 failed and just like that, Greendale was up 12-0 with 5:59 left in the 1st quarter.

Tosa would bring their offense out to see if they could answer, as they would start from their 40. Three plays later, they connected on a 37-yard pass taking the ball to the Panther 14. Two plays later, running back Demaris Purifoy would take a straight ahead handoff and score from 8-yards out. Kicker Zach Veit split the uprights making the score 12-7 with 3:54 still left in the 1st quarter.

After another modest return, Greendale would have to start from their 27. They ran 5-plays before turning the ball over on downs on Tosa's 47.

The Panther defense was now starting to rise to the occasion, as they were containing Tosa's speedy offense. They ended up forcing them to line up for a punt as they went 3 and out. On the punt play, however, Greendale's Chris Phillips would block the kick of which punter Mickey Morgan was able pick up, but he failed to get the necessary yardage for the first down so Greendale took over on the Tosa 44.

Greendale @ Wauwatosa West - WIAA PlayoffsGreendale would get off 1-play before the 1st quarter came to an end. Greendale resumed their drive after switching ends of the field. Two plays later, Ringelberg found Kmetz again for a 33-yard scoring strike. This would cap off a 3-play 73-yard drive. Rutkowski hit the upright with his kick so again they would only add 6 more points making the score 18-7 with 11:32 left in the 1st half.

Tosa was now in feeling the heat as Greendale semed hooked up on offense. They would start this drive from their 39. After a nice run by Greg Lewis, the defense eventually shut the door. Three plays later, Panther cornerback David Michaels intercepted a pass giving it right back to Ringelberg and his buds.

Greendale had the ball on their 24. Five plays later, Ringelberg looked towards Kmetz once again and threw the ball. This time the defender batted the ball up but somehow Kmetz stayed with it and managed to gather it in for his 2nd touchdown of the game. This time they would go for 2 and convert as Ringelberg hit Mitchell Brees on a slant pass. The score was now 26-7 with 7:37 left in the 1st half.

The Panther's specialty teams were now getting amped up as Peter Pekar rocked the return man on the play. That hit caused a fumble, but he was ruled down by contact. Tosa would set up the offense on their 28. Three plays later, they needed to call on their punter as they failed to gat the necessary yardage for a 1st down.

Greendale @ Wauwatosa West - WIAA PlayoffsAfter a short kick, Greendale took over on the Tosa 43. Greendale continued to attack through the air. Five plays later, Ringelberg would find a wide open Nate Miller over the middle for a 39-yard scoring strike. This time Rutkowski made his kick as Greendale was now blowing this game wide open by a score of 33-7 with 4:26 left in the half.

The Trojans would start from their 27 following the kick. Again the Panther front line was making life miserable for Tosa's running attack. Three plays later, Michaels would pick off his 2nd ball of the night giving it right back to his offense on their 43.

Greendale again was on the move. This time, Wauwatosa would make a stop as they intercepted a tipped pass on their 21. The Panther defense again forced Tosa to line up for another punt. They got the kick off but they were penalized on the play so they would be backed up and have to re-kick from the end zone. That penalty would end up costing them 2-points as Morgan could not control the ball and wisely just batted it out of the back of the end zone for a safety. Greendale was now up 35-7 with just :44 seconds left in the 1st half.

After the free kick, Greendale would start from their 37. They squeezed off 4-plays before the 1st half came to an end.

The Panthers would have to kick to start the 2nd half. After the return, Tosa who has a mountain to climb would begin from their 38. They could only put 5-plays together before they would have to punt once again.

Greendale @ Wauwatosa West - WIAA PlayoffsAfter the kick, the Panthers took over on their 14. On this drive, Head Coach Rob Stoltz elected to keep the ball on the ground as running back Jake Zwyicki would go to work. Six plays later Zywicki bounced off a few defenders and then took off up the left side line for a 37-yard TD. The snap on the kick was mishandled and again Greendale would have to settle for 6, but that didn't seem to matter any more as the score was now 41-7 with 7:23 left in the 3rd quarter.

Tosa would start from their 21 after the ensuing kick. This time they put a huge 19-play drive together taking the game into the 4th quarter before fumbling on 4th down at the Panther 19.

Greendale, who was in total control of the game, would begin their next drive. They ran 4-plays before having to punt for the first time in the game.

After Pekar's kick, Tosa would start from their 42. Eleven plays later, the Trojans would reach the end zone as Morgan carried it in from 4-yards out. Veit made his kick making the score 41-14 with 3:51 left in the game.

Greendale @ Wauwatosa West - WIAA PlayoffsAfter the ensuing kick, Greendale would start from their 20. On this drive, the Panther coaches would send in their 2nd offense. On the very first play, the ball was snapped over David Wood's head who was now in at quarterback. The ball ended up going into the end zone but was recovered by Wood but they would have to give up 2-points on the safety. The score was now 41-16 with 3:43 left in the game.

After the free kick, Tosa would begin from their 41. They couldn't move the sticks and were forced to punt going 3 and out.

After the return, Greendale's 2nd offense would return to the field. Again there was another high snap that Wood couldn't handle and after everyone un-piled, Wauwatosa came up with the ball on Greendale's 28.

The Trojans would run 3-plays before the game finally came to an end.

Greendale @ Wauwatosa West - WIAA PlayoffsGreendale would show resolve and make a statement, as they defeated the Wauwatosa West Trojans 41-16. They started out fast and furious and never looked back as they finished with 518 yards on offense and only gave up 277 on defense. Josh Ringelberg finished with 300-yards through the air going 13 for 21 as 4 of those went for touchdowns. Of course one can not ignore the fact that Wauwatosa was missing some key players that would have probably made a difference. Nonetheless, that's part of the game.

Wauwatosa will turn their gear in as they finished with a great season going 7-2. Greendale will continue on to the level 2 game as they will host the #1 seed Brookfield East Spartans. The Spartans defeated Milwaukee Tech in their 1st game by a score of 62-7. They are also undefeated for the year and are members of the Greater Metro Conference. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00pm.

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Varsity    

Greendale Buzz Saws Brown Deer In Regular Season Finale
R. A. Mattrisch - 10/12/12

Brown Deer @ Greendale (Varsity)After coming off of two dismal performances, the Greendale Panther's football team would see if they could get back to where they once were. They have been plagued by lots of turnovers and way too many penalties lately, which makes winning games that much more difficult. Well after tonight's game, one could safely say that they are back once again as they overwhelmed the visiting Brown Deer Falcons by a score of 42-0.

This game saw perfect execution by the offense and total chaos created by a quick high flying defense that left Brown Deer with no answers. This is exactly what Greendale needed to do as they will be heading into the WIAA playoffs next week for their 8th consecutive appearance.

Brown Deer would kick first to start the game. After the return, Greendale would begin their first drive of the night from their 21. They were now going to see if they could maintain a drive without mistakes as they have been doing in the past two games. They would slowly chip away at the Falcons throwing everything but the kitchen sink at them. Thirteen plays later, they reached the end zone on a 4-yard slant pass as Josh Ringelberg connected with Mitchell Brees for the score. Mr. Steady himself Frankie Rutkowski would make the point after try making the score 7-0 with 7:20 left in the 1st quarter.

After the ensuing kick, the Falcons would start from their 22. Greendale's defense was all over them with their quickness and forced them to punt going 3 and out.

After the kick, Greendale ended up starting from their 47. Two plays later, Ringelberg was looking for someone to pass to when he was hit trying to throw the ball and fumbled of which Brown Deer would recover on Greendale's 42.

Brown Deer @ Greendale (Varsity)Greendale's defense continued to make life difficult for Brown Deer. They would get off 8-plays before turning the ball over on downs on the Panther 29.

Ringelberg & company would come back out to start their next drive. Again they would nickel and dime the Falcons up the field. Eight plays later, they reached the end zone again on a 9-yard run by Ringelberg. Rutkowski made his kick and Greendale now found themselves up 14-0 with 1:26 still left in the 1st quarter.

One the ensuing kick, Greendale's specialty teams would have a close call as the return man almost got lose for a score. He would eventually get tripped up but not before returning the ball 63-yards to the Panther 33. This time the Panthers bent a bit giving up 8-plays before stopping the Falcons on downs at the 9-yard line.

It was now the 2nd quarter. The Panther offense was still keeping Brown Deer off balance as they were mixing up the plays very affectively. Eight plays later, Ringelberg hooked up with Brees again who made a nice catch and a great move to get into the end zone for another Panther touchdown The kick was perfect and Greendale now found themselves pulling away by a score of 21-0 and 9:07 left in the 1st half.

Brown Deer @ Greendale (Varsity)After the following kick, the Falcons would be starting from their 17. The men in black picked up right where they left off as they were flying around the field causing all sorts of havoc. They eventually forced them to punt after 7-plays.

After a short kick, Greendale took over on their 46. Four plays later, Ringelberg would find one of his other receivers in Cody Kmetz who made an amazing catch for a 35-yard score. Rutkowski made the point after and now Greendale was on their way to blowing this game wide open with a score of 28-0 and 4:47 left in the 1st half.

Brown Deer would begin their next drive on their 26. This time, Greendale would come up big as safety Jack Ringelberg would gather a tipped pass and return it to Brown Deer's 47.

Smelling blood, the Panthers offense who were firing on all cylinders would now take to the field. Two plays later, Ringelberg found yet another weapon in Peter Pekar who made a great catch and managed to stumble his way across the goal line for Greendale's 7th touchdown of the game. The kick was true making the score 35-0 with 2:54 still left in the 1st half.

After a close call with a fumble on the kick return, Brown Deer would start from their 15. Three plays later, Panther defender Nate Miller stepped in front of a Falcon pass and returned it to the 11-yard line.

Greendale was now looking at a very short field this time around. Two plays later, Ringelberg would throw an inside shuttle pass to Pekar for yet another Panther touchdown. The kick was perfect and now Greendale was up 42-0 with :49 seconds left in the half.

After the ensuing kick, Brown Deer who seemed to have no answers for Greendale's speed would begin from their 31. They would get off two plays that went no where to finally end the 1st half.

Brown Deer @ Greendale (Varsity)The Falcons would get the ball to open the 2nd half. With a 42-point lead and a running clock, they would begin from their 25. Nothing seemed to be going right anymore as they were forced to punt going 3 and out.

The Panthers would now come out on offense for their first time in the half. On their very first play, a Falcon defender made a great play batting down a pitch-forcing Ringelberg to fall on it back on his 7. They managed to get the ball to the 26 before having to punt for the first time in the game.

After the kick, the Falcons would take over on their 44. It seemed like the Panthers were playing with 15 guys as they continued to pursue, swarm and make plays. They ended up forcing them to punt going 3 and out.

There was now less than a minute left on the running clock as Greendale took over on their 25. They would keep it on the ground and run 8-plays taking the ball to Brown Deer's 14 before turning the ball over on downs.

Both teams were now substituting players. The Falcons had a close call with a safety as linebacker Parker Bychinski almost tackled the runner in the end zone. The official said that forward progress took him to the 1, which is where they would have to punt from.

After the kick, Greendale took over on the Falcon 21. They would run 4-plays before taking a knee to end the game.

Brown Deer @ Greendale (Varsity)Greendale would win with surprisingly ease as they defeated the Brown Deer Falcons 42-0. I don't think anyone would have expected this going into the game because Brown Deer was tie for first in the Woodland East Conference so they had everything to play for. For some reason they came out flat and had no answers for stopping Greendale's hybrid spread offense. The defense played fast and quick as they just disrupted the Falcon's offense all night long. This by far was one of Greendale's better performances of the year, as they kept the mistakes and penalties to a minimum unlike the previous two games.

With this win, Greendale improves their overall record to 5-3. Going into tonight's game, Greendale was already in the post season playoffs. This win would be important as it would help their case for being seeded a little higher than they would have if they lost. As a result, Greendale would end up being seeded 5th in the WIAA Division 2 SE bracket and will be playing Wauwatosa West again in the 1st round. That game will be played at Wauwatosa next Friday night and will begin at 7:00pm.

Photos by Chuck Cairns

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Freshmen    

Freshmen Finish Season with a Bang!
R. A. Mattrisch - 10/11/12

Greendale @ Brown Deer (Freshmen)Greendale's freshmen football team had to take one last bus ride for the season, as they had to visit the Brown Deer Falcons for the 2012 season finale. It was a cool damp night with intermittent showers, but that didn't slow the Panthers down, as they went on to defeat the Falcons 32-24. It was another game of big plays by both teams that made it fun to watch even if the weather wasn't all that great. The good news is that all of the freshmen football fans won't have to worry anymore about the weather because their season is over. The next time they'll be watching a game, they'll most likely be in shorts once again.

The game began with Greendale receiving first. After the return, they would be starting from their 45. Things didn't start out too well as they found themselves punting going 3 and out.

Things got better though as the return man for Brown Deer muffed the return of which Greendale would recover on the Falcon's 18. On the very first play, Cam Anders who was in at quarterback would throw a laser to Dante Keizer for an 18-yard touchdown pass. Kicker Ray Gutierrez missed his kick-making the score 6-0 with 8:13 left in the 1st quarter of play.

Greendale @ Brown Deer (Freshmen)The Panther's defense forced a 3 and out on the Falcons so they would start their next drive after the punt on their 47. On that very first play they would strike again as Mike Jankowiak, who is the starting quarterback, hooked up with Mitch Garcia for a huge 57-yard scoring strike. Gutierrez made this kick and just like that, Greendale was on top 13-0 with 6:32 remaining in the 1st quarter.

After the ensuing kick, Brown Deer would start from their 35. They ran off 7-plays before turning the ball over on downs at the Panther 30.

Greendale @ Brown Deer (Freshmen)This time the Panthers stumbled a bit as they fumbled an exchange on the 2nd play of the drive. Brown Deer would fall on the ball on Greendale's 27.

It looked like cat's defense made a stop as they intercepted a pass in the end zone on a 4th down play. Unfortunately, an official said there was defensive pass interference on the play so the Falcons would get the ball back with a new set of downs. Again the defense forced Brown Deer to a 4th and 15. This time the Falcons would complete a pass in the end zone from 23-yards out for a Brown Deer touchdown. The point after try was no good so Greendale was now only leading by a score of 13-6 with 9:06 now in the 2nd quarter.

On the ensuing kick, Garcia almost took it to the house, but he was tripped up on the Falcons 46 where they would take over 1st and 10. Six plays later, Jankowiak would throw a 13-yard scoring pass to Kennedy Steinberg for another score. On the extra point try, the snap was too high so Jankowiak, who also does the holding, tried to run it in. He almost made it by the official said that he stepped out of bounds at the half yard line. Greendale was now up by a score of 19-6 with 7:12 left in the 1st half.

Greendale @ Brown Deer (Freshmen)On the ensuing kick, it would be Brown Deer making a big play as they would return the kick 70-yards to the end zone for a score. The try for 2 points again failed so the score was now 19-12 in favor of Greendale with 7:01 left in the 1st half.

Greendale could not do anything on the following drive and were forced to punt going 3 and out.

After the punt, Brown Deer put an 8-play scoring drive together finishing the drive off with a 31-yard pass for a touchdown. The try for 2-points was no good so Greendale would still hold a thin lead by a score of 19-18 and 2:17 left in the half.

The Panthers began their next drive on their 36 following the kick. Three plays later, Jankowiak would throw in the direction of Keizer who made a leaping catch for a 30-yard touchdown reception. Gutierrez would split the uprights making the score 26-18 with 1:12 still left in the 1st half.

Greendale @ Brown Deer (Freshmen)Each team would turn the ball over to each other before the 1st half finally came to an end.

The Panthers would kick to open the 2nd half. The Falcons could not get a first down so they were forced to punt going 3 and out.

The rest of the 3rd quarter was a game of turnovers and punting. Greendale forced the Falcons to punt 3 more times while Greendale turned the ball over 3 times.

It was now into the 4th quarter and Greendale had the ball and was driving. Looking at a 4th and goal from the 3, Jankowiak would take it himself off of left tackle for a touchdown capping off a 12-play 47-yard scoring drive. The kick was no good so Greendale now lead by a score of 32-18 with 6:40 left in the game.

Brown Deer turned the ball over on downs on their next possession and then Greendale had to punt going 3 and out.

Greendale @ Brown Deer (Freshmen)Brown Deer now had the ball and was driving when Greendale's Bohan Lee intercepted the ball at the 5-yard line fending off the Falcon threat.

On the Panthers 1st play, however, they would fumble for the 3rd time in the game giving the ball right back to the Falcons with a real short field in front of them.

Two plays later, Brown Deer scored on a 2-yard run up the middle. The try for 2 was unsuccessful again so the score was now 32-24 Greendale, with 2:07 left in the game.

Greendale would get the ball and start from their 46 following the kick. They ran 7-plays and drained the life out of the clock to end the game.

The Panthers would win by a score of 32-24. They will finish the season with a 6-2 record. This team is loaded with talent so the future looks good down the road for the varsity. They will be turning in their gear for the year and moving on with life after football. Hopefully they will all be coming back next year to pick up their gear again and resume their football careers here at Greendale.

 

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Varsity Reserve    

A Gallant Effort to End the Season
R. A. Mattrisch - 10/8/12

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)If you were at the varsity reserve football game this past Monday night, you would have felt like you were watching Frasier and Ali duke it out to the bitter end. This game turned out to be a sew-saw affair as Greendale and Wauwatosa would exchange round house blows and upper cuts. But in the end, it would be the Trojans still standing in the ring as they defeated the Panthers 34-20. The score doesn't reflect how the game really went either. Greendale actually had a chance to tie it up at 27 with 1:00 minute left in the game, but a dropped pass at the 2-yard line on 4th down would end that effort. Tosa's speed would help them put one last score on the board as they took a hand off and went 72-yards at the end of the game. Needless to say, even though it was heartbreak for the local team, the effort was there and it was a fun game to watch.

The Trojans would be kicking first to start the game. Greendale, who would be heading into a stiff wind, would start on offense from their 33. Three plays later, Panther quarterback David Wood would be intercepted by Tosa who returned it to their 41.

Greendale's defense looked good as they were able to keep Tosa's speed contained. They would have to punt going 3 and out.

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)After the kick, the Panthers would be starting from their 20. This time they ended up going the wrong way and were forced to punt from their 10 as they were looking at 4th and 20.

Kicking to a team with speed always makes you nervous because the return guys are in open space. Case in point for on the return, the Tosa return man took advantage of that space and returned the punt 40-yards for a touchdown as no one would touch him. The point after try was good and Tosa was on the board first with a score of 7-0 and 5:06 left in the 1st quarter.

The Panthers would have to start from their 20 following the kick. They would put together a huge 14-play drive taking the game into the 2nd quarter before they would have to punt as they were looking at a 4th and 22.

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)This time Wood got off a great punt that rolled out of bounds at Tosa's 7. Four plays later, one of the Trojan running backs got loose up the middle and scored from 31-yards out. They would make their PAT making the score 14-0 with 7:03 left in the 1st half.

Greendale would now have to get up off the mat and shake that punch off to get back in this fight. Get back in they did as Panther running back Tim Ventura would reach the end zone on a 5-yard run capping off a nice 13-play 75-yard drive. Doug St. Onge would split the uprights and Greendale now cut Tosa's lead in half by a score of 14-7 with 3:41 left in the 1st half.

After the ensuing kick, Tosa would be starting from their 41. On the very first play they would fumble of which Greendale would recover on the 38.

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)With the clock getting low, it was now time to see if the Panthers could tie this up before the half came to an end. Three plays later, Ventura would power his way into the end zone from 1-yard out. The kick would be no good making the score 14-13 Tosa, with 1:21 left in the 1st half. Tosa would get the ball and run 4 plays before the half finally came to an end.

The Panthers would be kicking to start the 2nd half. After the kick, Tosa would set up on their 20 following a touchback. Twelve plays later, Tosa's quarterback would finish the drive with a 1-yard sneak up the middle. This time Greendale blocked the kick making the score 20-13 in favor of Tosa with 4:10 left in the 3rd quarter.

After the return and a 15-yard facemask penalty, Greendale would start from their 35. Six plays later, Wood would threw a nice pass down field to Brian Goyette who caught the ball and managed to reach the end zone on a great effort. That play would cover 22-yards. The point after try was good and the score was now all tied up at 20's with 1:52 left in the 3rd.

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)On the following kick, Tosa would get a huge return all the way to the Panther's 41. Seven plays later, they reached the end zone again on a 7-yard run right up the middle for the score. The point after try was good and Tosa would now surge ahead by a score of 27-20 with 7:26 now left in the 4th quarter.

After the ensuing kick, Greendale would begin from their 21. They ran 3-plays before looking at a 4th and 7 from their 25. It was here where they decided to take a chance and go for it knowing that if they didn't make it, they would leave Tosa with excellent field position. On the snap of the ball the pass would fall incomplete so Tosa would take over looking at a short field in front of them as they would be starting on the 25.

Tosa was in the driver seat as the clock was getting low. All of a sudden, Greendale would dodge a bullet for on Tosa's 3rd play, they would fumble of which Greendale would recover on their 28.

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)It was now time to see if Wood could lead the team 72-yards to tie this game up. They ran 9-plays before looking at a 4th & 18 from Tosa's 29 with 1:16 left in the game. With the game on the line, Wood would get the snap and rolled to his right. He would get off a perfect pass that was dropped on the 2-yard line, which would have been enough for a first down. As a result, Tosa would now take over from their own 29-yard line.

The Panther's defense who now looked somewhat deflated would take to the field. The one thing you can't do is get down on yourselves against a fast team because one slip could cost you. Well that's what happened for on West's first play, they would go 71-yards on a toss for another Trojan touchdown. The point after try was good making the score 34-20 with :58 seconds left in the game and the season.

After the kick, Greendale would get one last shot as they would have to start from their 14. They managed to get into Tosa territory, but with time running out, they would take one last shot into the end zone, which was intercepted ending the threat and the game.

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)Greendale would make a gallant effort in the end, but came up short by a score of 37-20 to the Wauwatosa West Trojans. The Panthers just didn't have an answer for Tosa's speed as it was the big plays that hurt them.

Greendale's season is now over as they finished 2-6 for the year. Those guys that aren't dressing for the varsity with be turning in their gear. They will have 9 months to think about and evaluate what has happened this year. As with Greendale tradition, I'm sure these guys will be hitting the weight room and will return next year, bigger... faster... and stronger...

Congratulations guys on a job well done!

 

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Varsity    

Panthers Fight to the Finish But Came Up Short
R. A. Mattrisch - 10/5/12

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity)For those of you that made it to the game Friday night, you would have thought that you were watching one of those feel good football movies. That's because this game was loaded with emotion and drama not to mention a little excitement. It was a game between two explosive teams, as the Trojans from Wauwatosa West would be playing the hometown Panthers of Greendale. To add to this drama, Tosa has not beaten the Panthers in well over 10 years. That would change, however, as they managed to find a way to beat the Panthers by a score of 37-30 in overtime.

One thing that needs to be mentioned to those fans that left early. The game is never over until its over. Greendale fought their way back into the game having to find a way to score 2 touchdowns and back them up with two successful 2-point conversions to tie the game up, which they did. Unfortunately, the storybook comeback would come up short as they failed to score on their turn with the ball in overtime. Even though things didn't turn out well for the home team, it was still a great effort and a fun game to watch.

Greendale all dressed in black with their pink adornments to show support for breast cancer would be kicking to start the game. They must have spotted something on the game films for they decided to execute an onside kick that was perfect resulting in them getting the ball first on offense. When everyone got off the pile, it would be Jake Zywicki that recovered the free ball on Tosa's 49. Fifteen plays and a lot of clock later, Greendale crossed the goal line, as quarterback Josh Ringelberg would sneak it in from 1-yard out. Frankie Rutkowski would split the uprights and Greendale was on the board first by a score of 7-0 and 5:59 left in the opening quarter of play.

After the ensuing kick, the dangerously fast Wauwatosa West Trojans would start from their 23. The spirited Panther defense was all over them like a tailor made suite as they forced the Trojans to punt going 3 and out.

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity)After the kick, Greendale would begin from their 34. Again they looked to be putting together another time consuming drive, but on the 8th play, the fumble bug would hit them again as the exchange between Ringelberg and Zywicki was missed resulting in a loose ball of which Tosa would recover on their 29.

It was now time to see if the defense could repeat their earlier performance. That didn't happen this time for Tosa decided to attack the middle, which the Panthers could not seem to stop. Twelve plays later, Tosa reached the end zone as running back Greg Lewis took it in from 6-yards out. Kicker Zach Veit would make his kick-tying the game up at 7's with 9:23 now left in the 2nd quarter.

The Panthers would start their next drive following the kick on their 30. This time things went south for them as Ringelberg fumbled the ball of which Tosa would recover on Greendale's 40.

The Panther defense came up big this time as they forced the Trojans to turn the ball over on downs on their 37.

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity)On this drive, Greendale was moving the ball well, but the little yellow flags that have been haunting them lately came out-forcing them into a long yardage situation. They would eventually have to punt from Tosa's 40.

On the play, Peter Pekar would get off a huge punt that was downed on the 2-yard line pinning Tosa about as far back as you can. On the 2nd play, Tosa would get themselves out of trouble with a 47-yard pass play to speedster Develyn Ferguson that took the ball to Tosa's 49. Five plays later, Tosa running back Mickey Morgan would take a handoff and score from 26-yards out on a perfectly executed play. This time the holder for the point after mishandled the ball resulting in no kick so Tosa would only get the 6-points as the score was now 13-7 with 1:14 left in the 1st half.

Greendale would run just 4-plays before the 1st half came to an end.

Greendale would be getting the ball to start the 2nd half. After the return they ended up starting from their 36. They were forced to kick after 5-plays as they had to deal with a couple of penalties once again.

After the kick, Tosa would begin from their 19. The Panther defense managed to force Tosa to punt as they went 3 and out.

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity)After the kick, Ringelberg and the offense would have to start from their 32. Two plays later, Greendale fumbled for the 3rd time in the game, as Zywicki and Ringelberg again could not complete the exchange cleanly. Tosa now had the ball on Greendale's 36.

Tosa continued to take it right at the Panthers. Five plays later, they reached the end zone as Demaris Purifoy took it in from 6-yards out. Veit made the kick and Tosa now had a comfortable lead by a score of 20-7 and 5:58 left in the 3rd quarter.

After another modest return, Greendale would start from their 34. Eleven plays later, the Panthers found the end zone as Ringelberg took it in from 1-yard out. Rutkowski made the kick making the score 20-14 in favor of Tosa with 3:38 left in the 3rd.

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity)This time Rutkowski made it easy for the coverage guys as he kicked the ball into the end zone. As a result, the Trojans would have to start from their 20. Eight plays later, Greendale managed to stop the drive forcing Tosa to a field goal situation. After a perfect snap and hold, Veit would split the uprights for a 25-yard field goal increasing their lead by a score of 23-14 with 11:01 now left in the 4th quarter.

After the kick, Greendale would start from their 26. Six plays later, Tosa's Jameson Brock stepped in front of a Ringelberg pass and returned it all the way to the Panther's 12.

Two plays later, Morgan would get the call and score from 12-yards out. Veit made the point after and Tosa now had their cushion back with a score of 30-14 with 8:24 left in the game.

The Panthers now had their work cut out for them. They would be starting from their 29 following the kick. After overcoming a few penalties and converting some crucial 4th downs, they reached the end zone on a 10-yard run by Ringelberg capping off a 10-play 71-yard drive. Because of the score, Greendale had to go for 2 for the point after try. On the snap of the ball, Ringelberg would hook up with Pekar for a successful conversion. The score was now 30-22 Tosa, with 5:07 left in the game.

After the kick Tosa would begin from their 33. It was now up to the Panther's defense to stop them as fast as they could to leave enough time for the offense to do their thing. They managed to do that and forced Tosa to punt as they went 3 and out.

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity)On the kick, the Trojans would enjoy a nice roll as the ball would eventually be downed on Greendale's 5. It was time to see if Ringelberg could take the team 95-yards with just 2:40 minutes left in the game. They slowly and methodically worked the ball down the field. All of a sudden, Ringelberg found wide out Gaelan Siebold who made a great catch and even better run, as he managed to get out of bounds down at the 8-yard line. Two plays later, Ringelberg would finish the deal as he took it in from 2-yards out. Now it was time for the biggest play of the game. Greendale would have to go for 2 to tie this game and force it into overtime. If they don't make it, they'll lose.

Of course nothing comes easy as someone jumped on the line bringing out the yellow flags once again-backing them up 5-yards. This time on the snap of the ball, Ringelberg would throw a quick pass to wide out Nate Miller who caught the ball on the 5. With shear determination and a defender right in front of him, he would lower his head and drive forward reaching the goal line and just like that the game was tied at 30's with :26 seconds left in regulation.

All Greendale needed to do on the kick was to not let anybody get away on them. The coaches told Rutkowski to kick a hard squib so as to avoid a possible big return. Well that is exactly what happened as Morgan would get the ball with a head of steam and returned it all the way to the Panther's 11.

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity)Just like that, Greendale was now in big trouble of losing the game in regulation as Tosa was already in field goal territory with :15 seconds left. Tosa wasn't going to fool around as they brought their field goal unit out on the field. Seeing that, Greendale then called time out. After the time out, Tosa would return with their offense instead. On the snap of the ball, they would throw fade pass to their favorite receiver in the corner of the end zone that was defended perfectly by David Michaels. Tosa had no choice now but to bring their field goal unit out and try for the 29-yard field goal. On a perfect snap and hold, Veit would chilly dip the kick keeping the Panther's hopes alive as the game would now head into overtime.

After the break and coin flip, Tosa would go on offense first. In overtime, each team gets a turn with the ball starting from the 25. Everything is the same except that there is no game clock. Ideally you want to be on defense first because that will dictate what you will have to do when you go on offense so Greendale had the advantage. On the very first play, Tosa quarterback Christian Morzinski would find Brock who made a nice catch and managed to slip out of a tackle for a touchdown. Veit made his kick and now it was Greendale's turn on offense.

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity)Wouldn't you know it, on the very first play; Greendale would again get called for motion and would be backed up 5 more yards. On the next play, Ringelberg would get sacked and Greendale soon found themselves going the wrong way as mistakes continued to add up. Finally, Greendale's hopes of a miracle come back were dashed as Ringelberg threw a pass over the middle to Pekar who couldn't make a clean catch and somehow the defender would end up with the ball for an interception.

Wauwatosa West @ Greendale (Varsity)Greendale almost pulled off a miracle as they fought to the bitter end, but mistakes would get the best of them, as they would come up short by a score of 37-30 in overtime. This is the first time that Wauwatosa has beaten the Panthers in a long time. This game would ultimately come down to mistakes, turnovers and penalties. Tosa did not turn the ball over and finished with just 3 penalties for 13-yards while Greendale turned it over 5 times and committed 11 penalties totaling up to 65 yards. The one thing that you have to keep in mind is that the Panthers are a very young team. In fact, this may be the youngest team ever as they only have 8 seniors, which is not the norm by any means.

The Panthers now have one regular season game left next week, as they will be hosting the Brown Deer Falcons. Brown Deer is coming in at 5-2 and are tied for 1st place in the Woodland East. In order for Greendale to be guaranteed a playoff spot, they will need to win. If they do not, their record would fall to 4-4, which does qualify them for the playoffs, but it does not guarantee that they would be selected. Needless to say, Brown Deer will come in highly motivated because they would need a win along with a Whitnall loss to win the Woodland East Division out right. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00pm.

Photos by Dan Herrmann

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Freshmen    

Coming Into Their Own
R. A. Mattrisch - 10/4/12

Greendale @ Wauwatosa West (Freshmen)Greendale's freshmen football team had to bus it Thursday evening up to Wauwatosa to take on the Wauwatosa West Trojans. There they would continue their winning ways as they defeated the Trojans on a beautiful but windy night with a score of 27-6. You could easily see the mass improvements the team has made since those first few games early in the season. Several players have also risen to the occasion, which is always encouraging. Hopefully this trend continues for the years to come.

Greendale would kick first to start the game. After the return, Tosa would begin from their 24. Right off the bat, the Trojans put this clock grinding 17-play drive together that eventually stalled out on downs on Greendale's 23.

The Panther's offense would now take to the field. They ran 5-plays before the 1st quarter came to an end. On the very first play of the 2nd quarter, Greendale pulled off a trick play as Cam Anders would go in at quarterback for Mike Jankowiak. Jankowiak would then line up at a slot receiver position. On the snap of the ball, Jankowiak would come around and take a pitch from Anders as if it was a sweep play but then he stopped and threw a perfect pass to a wide open Dante Keizer for a huge 63-yard scoring strike. Ray Gutierrez made the point after try making the score 7-0 with 9:45 left in the 1st half.

Greendale @ Wauwatosa West (Freshmen)After the ensuing kick, Tosa would begin their drive on their 37. Again they demonstrated their ability to move the ball on the ground taking a lot of clock with them. On the 13th play of the drive, they finally crossed the goal line on a sweep from 11-yards out. They tried for 2 and came up short so Greendale would retain the lead by a score of 7-6 with 2:30 left in the 1st half.

On the following kick, Keizer would get a nice return all the way to the Trojan's 29. Four plays later, Jankowiak reached the end zone from 6-yards out for another Panther score. This time Gutierrez's kick was no good as he ended up hitting the upright. The score would end up 13-6 with just :54 seconds left in the half.

After the kick, Tosa would be starting from their 45. On their very first play, Greendale's Mitch Garcia intercepted a pass giving the ball right back to the Panther's offense. With time running out, Greendale needed to move quickly if they wanted to slip one more score in this half. Two plays later, however, Jankowiak was intercepted at the Tosa 10 cutting that scoring opportunity off. Tosa ran one play as the clock finally ran out.

Greendale @ Wauwatosa West (Freshmen)Wauwatosa would have to kick this time to start the 2nd half. After the return, Greendale wound up starting from their 35. They ran 4-plays taking the ball to the Trojan 36 before losing the ball on a fumble.

This time Tosa West only managed 6-plays before being force to punt from their 40.

After the return, Greendale would start from their 43. On the very first play, running back Jacob Debelak took a pitch and scamper 57-yards for a Panther touchdown. Gutierrez made his kick making the score 20-6 with 4:32 left in the 3rd quarter.

Both teams wouldn't do anything on their next drives and were forced to punt to each other.

It was now the 4th quarter and Tosa was driving. The Panther defense came up big on a 4th and 2 play stuffing the Trojans on the Panther 36 forcing the turnover on downs.

Greendale @ Wauwatosa West (Freshmen)Greendale would now own the ball. On the very first play in the drive, Jankowiak would find Kennedy Steinberg on a wheel route for a huge 64-yard scoring strike. The point after try was good making the score 27-6 with 8:17 left in the game.

After the ensuing kick, the Trojans would start from their 40. They ran 9-plays before turning the ball over on downs at the Panther's 20.

Greendale would squeeze off 7-plays before taking a knee to end the game. The final score would be, Greendale 27 - Wauwatosa West 6. The 5-2 Panthers have one more game left for this year. That will be played on the road as they venture north to play the Brown Deer Falcons. That game is slated to begin at 5:30pm.

 

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Varsity Reserve    

Got One!
R. A. Mattrisch - 10/1/12

Greendale @ New Berlin West (Varsity Reserve)The Greendale Panther's varsity reserve team has been struggling a little this year, but you wouldn't have known that if you were watching the game at New Berlin West this past Monday night. All aspects of the game looked tight and sharp as they went on to defeat the Vikings 32-14 on a beautiful fall night for football. The game had plenty of big offensive and defensive plays that gave the local squad something to smile about for the ride home.

Things started out good for the Panthers as Greendale's Andy Najera intercepted a Viking pass to stop West's drive on their first series.

The Cats couldn't punch it in and eventually turned the ball over on downs back to New Berlin West.

A few plays later, West fumbled of which Greendale would recover.

Again Greendale turned it over on downs back to the Vikings on their end of the field.

This time Tyler Voss would step in the way of a would-be Viking pass to get it back for the Panthers.

The Cat's couldn't move the sticks there so they were forced to punt back to the Vikings.

Greendale @ New Berlin West (Varsity Reserve)There was now 4:20 left in the 1st quarter and New Berlin had to punt again as they failed to get their first down.

Greendale would take over on this drive on West's 44. Eight plays later, quarterback David Wood would sneak it in from 2-yards out for the game's first points of the night. The try for 2 failed-making the score 6-0 with 9:56 now left in the 2nd quarter.

After the ensuing kick, West would begin from their 34. They put a nice 13-play drive together eventually scoring on a run from 3-yards out. The extra point try was no good-tying the score up at 6's with 3:43 left in the 1st half.

The Panthers started their next drive following the kick on their 17. Seven plays later, Wood hooked up with Brian Goyette for a 35-yard reception for a score. The try for 2-pts failed again making the score 12-6 in favor of the Greendale with 2:06 left in the 1st half.

Greendale @ New Berlin West (Varsity Reserve)On New Berlin's next possession, they would get off 5-plays before Panther linebacker Parker Bychinski intercepted a pass stopping the Viking's drive right in its tracks. Greendale would take a knee and head into the locker room with a 12-6 lead.

Greendale got the ball first to start the 2nd half. They would begin on their 17. They ran 10-plays and looked to have scored from 25-yards out, but the play would be nullified by a holding penalty. On the very next play, Wood saw Goyette breaking free and again threw the ball his directions of which he would catch and score from 50-yards out. The try for 2-pts failed again so Greendale was now up 18-6 with 4:02 left in the 3rd quarter.

The Panther's defense rose to the occasion on the next drive, as they stopped the Vikings on downs at midfield.

Ten plays later, Greendale found themselves in the end zone again on a 2-yard run by running back Tim Ventura. Ventura would get the call again on the 2-pt try, which was good making the score 26-6 with 9:21 left in the game.

Greendale @ New Berlin West (Varsity Reserve)The Vikings would start their next drive following the kick on their 46. On their very first play, they would complete a long pass all the way to the Panther's 16. On the very next play, however, the Viking quarterback fumbled the exchange of which Greendale's Ryan Jarmes would recover fending off that scoring threat.

The Panthers couldn't move the sticks this time so they were forced to punt going 3 and out.

After the punt, the Vikings would begin from their 36. Three plays later they crossed the goal line on a run from 9-yards out. They went for 2 and succeed-making the score 26-14 with 6:27 left in the game.

Greendale @ New Berlin West (Varsity Reserve)After the ensuing kick, Greendale would begin from their 42 after a failed onside kick attempt. Six plays later, running back Nick Cameranesi crossed the goal line from 4-yards out for Greendale's 5th touchdown of the night. The try for 2 failed making the score 32-14 with 3:57 left in the game.

New Berlin West would get the ball one last time and squeezed off 9-plays before the clock finally came to an end.

Greendale would win by a score of 32-14 over the New Berlin West Vikings. It looked like the players played more relaxed and had fun for a change. The Panthers will now move to 2-5 for the year and will return home next week to play their final game of the year against the Wauwatosa West Trojans. That game is scheduled to start at the normal 5:30pm.

 

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Varsity    

Too Many Mistakes Doom the Panthers
R. A. Mattrisch - 9/28/12

Greendale @ New Berlin West (Varsity)For those Panther fans that made the trip to New Berlin to watch the football game, the one conclusion that you probably made is that you won't win a game when you can't block, tackle, pass, catch, cover, hold onto the ball, snap, and have 100-yards worth of penalties. That in a nut shell is what happened to the heavily favored Panthers Friday night as those mistakes would cost them as they fell to the New Berlin West Vikings 24-10. This by far was the poorest performance that the Panthers have made and it could cost them in the playoff picture. To guarantee a playoff spot, Greendale will now need to win one of the last two games, which won't be all that easy especially if they continue to play the way they have been. The good thing is that those games will be at home and the problems that they are dealing with can all be corrected. Needless to say, this loss left a very sour taste in everyone's mouth because at this point in the season, teams need to be peeking not regressing.

The game would begin with Greendale kicking first. The specialty teams who have been somewhat shaky as of late had another close call as the Viking return man almost got loose for a return up the right sideline. He was eventually tackled near midfield. Seven plays later, Viking running back Travis McKeon would take a handoff and sprinted up field untouched from 23-yards for a touchdown. The extra point kick would be blocked-making the score 6-0 with 8:39 left in the opening quarter of play.

Now it was time for Greendale's high powered offense to take the field. They would begin from their 26 following the kick. They ended up having to punt going 3 and out as they failed to get a yard on the drive.

After a nice punt and roll by Peter Pekar, West would begin from their 21. They put 6-plays together before being forced to punt from their 40.

Greendale @ New Berlin West (Varsity)After a poor kick, Greendale would take over on their 46. They ran 6-plays taking the ball to the Viking 20 before the first set of wheels fell off. On the 7th play of the drive, the ball was snapped too high over the quarterback's head, which forced him to track it down but lost 10-yards in the process. Then Greendale got hit with a holding penalty that pushed them back to New Berlin's 37. Then the Panthers got hit with a false start, which pushed them back to the 42. Another flag would fly on the next play as they were hit again with a false start and just like that, Greendale was at West's 47 looking at a 2nd and 40. On the next play, quarterback Josh Ringelberg had Mitchell Brees wide open down the right side line, but the ball was over thrown making it 3rd and 40. The Panthers ran one more play before having to punt back to the Vikings.

After a great kick, New Berlin would have to start from their 5. This time the defense forced West to punt from their 20.

On the kick, Greendale would get a piece of the ball and ended up taking over on the Viking's 32. It took just 2-plays for Greendale to get to the 10 on a nice pass and catch by Brees. Two plays later, the flags flew again on a block in the back penalty pushing the Panthers back 10-yards from the spot of the foul. That was followed by a sack and another incomplete pass and Greendale would now have to settle for a field goal attempt. Kicker Frankie Rutkowski took to the field and was looking at a 34-yard try. He had plenty of leg as he split the uprights putting the first points on the board for Greendale. The score would now be New Berlin West 9 - Greendale 3 with 6:25 left in the first half.

Greendale @ New Berlin West (Varsity)After the ensuing kick, New Berlin started from their 34. The Panther defense would stumble a bit as they let McKeon get away for a 50-yard run before being brought down at Greendale's 20. The defense then stiffened up and forced the Vikings to turn the ball over on downs at the Panther 25.

Greendale now had a little something going on the ground. On the 4th play, Ringelberg would throw a pass to Cody Kmetz who made a nice catch, but he was called on for a very suspect offense interference call so the ball would be coming back minus 10-yards and a loss of down. Ringelberg got off one more play before the punting unit was needed once again. With the ball on West's 35, Greendale would fake the punt, but Pekar's pass was too long for a wide open Nate Miller. New Berlin now had the ball back looking at a short field with 2:02 left in the half.

Six plays later, the Vikings were looking at a 4th down with only a few seconds left on the clock. They would call time out and bring their field goal unit out. After a perfect snap and hold, Viking kicker Nathan Henrichs would make the 34-yard kick as the clock expired. New Berlin would head into the locker room with the lead as the scoreboard read 9-3.

Greendale @ New Berlin West (Varsity)Greendale got the ball first to start the 2nd half. They would begin on their 30. They failed to move the sticks and were forced to punt going 3 and out.

After a huge kick and roll, the Vikings would be starting from their 19. They ripped off 6-plays before being forced to punt from their 31.

On the punt play, Brees would get the ball and managed a nice return all the way to the Viking's 30, but of course there had to be a penalty so the ball would come back to their 45 instead. This time the Panthers put a drive together and scored as running back Jake Zywicki took it in from 8-yards out-capping off a 9-play 55-yard drive. Rutkowski made his kick and Greendale now found themselves leading for the first time in the game by a score of 10-9 with 4:08 left in the 3rd quarter.

The Cat's defense seemed inspired as they forced the Vikings to punt going 3 and out.

Greendale @ New Berlin West (Varsity)Greendale had to start from West's 43 after the kick. They ran one play before another flag flew on a suspect call as apparently someone was blocking a tad too long. This would back the Panthers up 15-yards and now the offense was looking at 2nd and 24. On the very next play, Ringelberg was intercepted by the Vikings on the 19-yard line.

With 2:00 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, New Berlin took possession of the. They ran 5-plays taking the game into the 4th quarter before Panther cornerback David Michaels came up with the ball on an amazing effort for an interception.

Greendale now had the ball on West's 27. Two plays later, Ringelberg ran a play up the middle and fumbled of which the Vikings would recover on Greendale's 40.

After the Cats were penalized for jumping off-sides, West would throw a pass over the middle of which Brees looked to have timed his hit perfectly to break up the catch, but the back judge saw it differently and threw a flag for pass interference. Five plays later, the Vikings crossed the goal line as Bryan Watson took it in from 2-yards out. West went for 2 and made it as quarterback James Fortier stretched the ball over the goal line for the score. The Vikings were now back on top by a score of 17-10 with 9:06 left in the game.

Greendale @ New Berlin West (Varsity)After the ensuing kick, Greendale would begin on their 27. On the very first play, Ringelberg dropped back and threw a perfect pass to Gaelan Seibold down the right side line, but he would drop it resulting in another incomplete pass. That drive would still continue with the help of a pass interference penalty by West. The Panthers eventually got all the way to New Berlin's 15. It was here that the new set of wheels fell off as they were flagged for a block in the back that backed them up the other way. Then two plays later, another snap would sail over the head of Ringelberg and when he tried to run it down, he would be hit and fumbled of which New Berlin would recover on their 34.

Six plays later, Watson would take a handoff and bounced off two would-be tacklers before crossing the goal line completing a 24-yard touchdown run. Henrichs' kick was true giving New Berlin West a little cushion by a score of 24-10 with 2:58 left in the game.

Greendale who was now in trouble would begin from their 36. They ran 7-plays before Ringelberg was intercepted again.

West would return that all the way to the Panther's 28. They ran 4 vanilla plays taking the clock down before they would have to punt from the Cat's 33.

Greendale @ New Berlin West (Varsity)With just :24 seconds left, Greendale would make one last ditch effort-starting from their 17. They ran 4-plays before being intercepted once again. West just took a knee to end the game.

The New Berlin West Vikings have finally beat the Panthers after 8 years by a score of 24-10. This game was not the prettiest one to watch-especially if you were a Greendale fan. They finished the game with 5 turnovers, 100-yards in penalties, passed 9 for 32 and only managed 248-yards of total offense, which is half of what they have been averaging for the year.

Greendale @ New Berlin West (Varsity)New Berlin on the other hand under a relatively new coaching regime and a new offense looked good as they avoided costly mistakes to win the game. Their record will now go to 3-3 while Greendale drops to 4-2.

Greendale will head home next week to take on the Wauwatosa West Trojans. The Trojans (5-1) seem to have something going this year as they will be coming in after a huge win over New Berlin Eisenhower 42-0. That game is scheduled to start at 7:00pm.

Photos by Chuck Cairns

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Freshmen    

A Big Play Night For The Freshmen
R. A. Mattrisch - 9/27/12

New Berlin West @ Greendale (Freshmen)The freshmen football team had the opportunity to enjoy some home cooking Thursday night as they hosted the New Berlin West Vikings. This game was just loaded big plays. Pretty much everything worked for the Panthers on offense and the defense did what they had to do to keep the opponent's score low. When it was all said and done, the Panthers crushed the Vikings by a score of 53-18. This was all a result in some part of Mike Jankowiak's arm, who threw for 3 touchdowns, and Jacob Debelak who ran for 5 touchdowns.

The Vikings would get the ball to start the game. They would end up punting right away going 3 and out.

After the return, Greendale would start from their 47. On the very first play, Panther quarterback Mike Jankowiak would throw a perfect strike to Dante Keizer for a huge 53-yard touchdown pass. Kicker Ray Gutierrez would make the point after try and Greendale was on the board first with a score of 7-0 and 8:14 left in the 1st quarter.

New Berlin West would get the ball on their 40 and managed 4-plays before being forced to punt once again.

After the punt return, Greendale found themselves deep in their own territory on the 16. Five plays later, running back Jacob Debelak would take a pitch from Jankowiak and run 49-yards to the end zone for Greendale's 2nd TD of the night. This time the kick would be blocked-making the score 13-0 with 4:07 left in the opening quarter.

New Berlin West @ Greendale (Freshmen)The Vikings who were still looking for their first substantial drive would start from their 40 after the ensuing kick. Again they would only manage 4-plays before lining up for a punt. Instead of kicking, they would run a fake of which the pass would fall incomplete so Greendale would take over 1st and 10 on the Viking's 45.

Five plays later, Debelak would take a toss around the left side of his line and score from 8-yards out. The kick would be wide right so the score would end up being Greendale 19 - New Berlin West 0 with :29 seconds left in the 1st quarter.

Again the Vikings could not sustain a drive and were forced to punt after 5-plays.

It was now a few minutes into the 2nd quarter and Greendale had the ball on their 24. Ten plays later, the Panthers would cross the goal line again, as Debelak took an option pitch around the left side for his third touchdown of the game. Gutierrez would make this kick and Greendale was now up 26-0 with 4:41 left in the 1st half.

New Berlin West @ Greendale (Freshmen)West would now get the ball and start from their 35. On the very first play, the quarterback would keep the it in an excellent fake of an option and sprinted down the left sideline. It looked like a Panther defender was going to get to him but at the last minute, he pitched it backwards to a trailing running back who then took it the rest of the way completing a 1-play 65-yard scoring drive. The extra point try would be wide right so the score would be Greendale 26 - New Berlin West 6 with 4:19 left in the 1st half.

The Panthers would find themselves starting from their 42 after the ensuing kick. Here they put a nice 9-play scoring drive together that ended with Debelak scoring from 2-yards out. The point after try would be good making the score 33-6 with 1:32 still left in the half.

New Berlin West @ Greendale (Freshmen)The Vikings would not be out done this time for they would reach the end zone again on a 30-yard touchdown pass capping off a 4-play 53-yard drive. They would go for 2 and fail making the score 33-12 with just :45 seconds life in the half.

The Panthers almost punched one more score in but came up short on the 1/2 yard line as time expired. The score would be 33-12 in favor of the Panthers.

Greendale would get the ball first to open the 2nd half. After the return, they would be starting on their 40. Six plays later, Jankowiak would hook up with Mitch Garcia for an 8-yard scoring strike. Gutierrez would make the kick-increasing Greendale's lead by a score of 40-12 with 8:22 left in the 3rd.

New Berlin West @ Greendale (Freshmen)After a huge return by the Vikings, their offense would find themselves starting from Greendale's 37. They ran 4-plays but turned the ball over on downs on the Panther's 36.

Greendale would now bring their offense out again. They would run 6-plays before Jankowiak found Garcia again only this time it was for a 35-yard scoring strike. The kick would be no good-making the score 46-12 with 5:39 left in the 3rd quarter.

During the return on the following kick, New Berlin West would lose the ball as Bohan Lee would cause the fumble of which teammate Sam Wanezek would recover on his 47. Greendale's offense had the ball once again.

This time the Panthers were stopped on downs so the Vikings would be getting the ball right back.

West couldn't move the sticks either and were forced to punt back to the Panthers.

New Berlin West @ Greendale (Freshmen)After a huge kick and a nice return, Greendale would be starting from their 35. Three plays later, Jacob (Crazy Legs) Debelak would take an option pitch and zigzag his way 62-yards for his 5th TD of the night. The kick would be good-making the score 53-12 with 1:20 left in the 3rd. By rule, because there was more than a 35-point lead, there would be a continuous clock.

It was now the 4th quarter and West had the ball back on their 40. Five plays later they scored on a 13-yard quarterback sneak. They tried for 2 again and failed-making the score 53-18 with 7:55 left in the game.

New Berlin West @ Greendale (Freshmen)Both teams would touch the ball 2 more times before the game finally came to an end.

The final score would be, Greendale 53 - New Berlin West 18. The Panther's offense diffidently came in and looked good tonight as they executed their offense perfectly in all aspects. The defense did bend a bit, but they were able to keep West's running attack bottled up all night long. The Panthers will now go to 4-2 for the year and will take to the road next week to play the Wauwatosa West Trojans. That game is scheduled to begin at 5:30pm.

 

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Varsity Reserve    

Still Can't Find That End Zone
R. A. Mattrisch - 9/24/12

New Berlin Eisenhower @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)Usually Mondays are the worst day of the week because you are the farthest from the next weekend and it's the first day back to school or work after just enjoying a nice weekend. However, if you are a hardcore football fan, then that wouldn't be the case this past Monday because first of all, we had the Panther's varsity reserve team entertaining the New Berlin Eisenhower Lions and then the Seahawks would be entertaining the Packers. Well, the night didn't go too well for anyone as all of the teams lost by one way or another. The Panthers, who are still having problems on offense, lost to Eisenhower 16-0 and the Packers "OFFICIALLY", lost to the Seahawks by a score of14-12. I'm not going to even bother writing about the Packer game because I would get too worked up. I will write about the varsity reserve game because that's what I'm here for.

The game would begin with Ike kicking first. The Panthers would put a nice 10-play drive together before having to punt from Ike's 35.

Eisenhower would get the ball and were forced to punt from their 37 going 3 and out.

Greendale would start this drive from their 49 after a nice return by David Johnson. They would run 3-plays before Panther quarterback David Wood would be intercepted at the Eisenhower 24.

New Berlin would start this drive on Greendale's 47. They would put a 6-play drive of their own together before fumbling the ball of which Greendale's Andy Rohde would recover on his 31.

New Berlin Eisenhower @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)Greendale would now take over. They ran 4-plays taking the game into the 2nd quarter. Four plays later, Ike would force them to a punting situation from the Panther's 47. On the snap of the ball, a bunch of Eisenhower defenders got in rather quickly forcing Wood who is the punter to just fall on the ball.

Ike would now take over on Greendale's 47. The Panther's defense who has been doing a nice job so far would force the Lions to a punting situation after 3-plays. On the snap, Greendale's Chris Phillips would get in and block the kick and would eventually recover it on Ike's 38 where Greendale would take over 1st & 10.

Five plays later, Wood threw another interception on the 10 which was returned to midfield by the Eisenhower defender.

New Berlin Eisenhower @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)The Lions would finally get a nice drive going. They eventually reached the end zone in 10-plays-scoring from 1-yard out. The kick was good and the Lions would be on the board first by a score 0f 7-0 with 2:01 left in the 1st half.

The Panthers would now try to answer as they would begin on their 23. They ran 8-plays before turning the ball over on downs on Ike's 36.

Ike would get the ball and run 1-play before the 1st half came to an end.

The Lions would get the ball first to start the 2nd half. They would put a time consuming 14-play drive together before eventually lining up for a field goal. The 24-yard kick was good making the score 10-0 in favor of Eisenhower with 1:43 left in the 3rd quarter.

Greendale would get the ball and start from their 20 after the ensuing kick. They would run 11-plays taking the game into the 4th quarter before Wood threw his 3rd interception of the night on Ike's 16.

New Berlin Eisenhower @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)The Lions would come back and put another time consuming 16-play drive together and scored on the last play of the game from 6-yards out. They wouldn't kick the extra point because the time ran out.

New Berlin Eisenhower would win by a score of 16-0. Greendale was able to move the ball, but they just cannot seem to find the end zone. They will hit the road next week as they travel to New Berlin to take on the New Berlin West Vikings. That game is scheduled to start at 5:30pm.

 

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Varsity    

Another Classic Gridiron Battle Between the Cats
R. A. Mattrisch - 9/21/12

New Berlin Eisenhower @ Greendale (Varsity)It never fails that when the Panthers from Greendale and the Lions from New Berlin Eisenhower get together for a high school football game, you can expect the unexpected. Over the past decade, these two teams have provided high school football fans everywhere with some serious heart stopping, mind boggling games that left you breathless. This past Friday night's game was no exception as both teams put out 822 yards of total offense and threw a total of 75 points up on the scoreboard. When the clock finally ran out, it was Greendale that had a few more points as they defeated the visiting Lions 41-34.

It ended up to be a beautiful night as the rain stopped about 2 hours before the game. Unfortunately because of that earlier rain, Greendale's Homecoming parade was cancelled, which brings to mind that saying, "Why do you have to rain on my parade?" Needless to say, the Panthers weren't going to let that hinder them as they had a task to do, and that was to play a football game.

Things got off to an interesting start as Greendale would see their first of many penalty flags for the night before the clock even started. They got to the field late, which is a 10-yard penalty so Eisenhower would be kicking off from midfield. Of course Ike had to make it even more interesting as they would try an onside kick, which they should have got but the Eisenhower player just couldn't hang on to the ball. As a result, Greendale would start their first drive of the game on their 33. They would run a wide variety of plays taking the ball all the way to Ike's 3 before Panther running back Frankie Rutkowski crossed the goal line capping off a 9-play 67-yard drive. Rutkowski would make the extra point kick-making the score 7-0 with 9:10 left in the opening quarter of play.

After the ensuing kick, the Lions would start their first drive of the night on their 47 after a huge return. Seven plays later they crossed the goal line as Steve Harrell would run it in from 2-yards out. Nathan Erickson would make his kick and just like that, the score was tied at 7's with 6:03 left in the 1st quarter.

Greendale would start their next drive on their 25. They put a 14-play drive together riddled with flags before the Lions stopped them on their 10-yard line.

New Berlin Eisenhower @ Greendale (Varsity)The Lions would now take possession of the ball. They would run 3-plays taking the game into the 2nd quarter before being forced to punt from their own end zone.

After the kick, Greendale would begin from their 38. Ten plays later, the "men in black" would cross the goal line as quarterback Josh Ringelberg would take it in from 5-yards out. Rutkowski's kick would be blocked making the score 13-7 Panthers with 8:37 left in the 1st half.

The Lions would jump right back in the game as Nick Holicek took the ensuing kick and sprinted 92-yards the other way for another Eisenhower touchdown. This was the second time in two weeks that the Panther special teams gave up a kick return for a touchdown. Erickson would make the kick and Eisenhower was now up 14-13 with 8:23 left in the half.

The Panthers would try and respond as they would be starting from their 20. They would get off several plays as the yellow flag continued to haunt them. With their back against the wall, Ringelberg would quick kick on 3rd down trying to get themselves out of a hole.

After a short kick with a nice roll, the Lions would begin in Greendale's territory on the 45. Two plays later, they would reach the end zone once again as Harrell took a handoff up the middle from 29-yards out. Erickson would split the uprights making the score 21-13 Lions with 7:17 left in the 1st half.

New Berlin Eisenhower @ Greendale (Varsity)The Panthers now had their work cut out for them for it appeared that Ike came in tonight ready to play. They would answer the bell; however, as they put a huge 15-play scoring drive together that was finished off by a 2-yard run by Ringelberg. Greendale would go for 2 and convert as Ringelberg rolled out to his right and then took it himself for the score. This would tie the score up again at 21's with :49 seconds left in a very busy 1st half.

Ike would get the ball and run 2-plays before the first half finally came to an end.

New Berlin Eisenhower would get the ball first and begin from their 35 to start the 2nd half. Three plays later, they would smoke the Panthers as Nick Taylor took a handoff around the right side of his line for a huge 52-yard jaunt to the end zone. Erickson made his kick and now Ike was back on top by a score of 28-21 with 10:57 left in the 3rd quarter.

After a nice return on the ensuing kick, Greendale would start their first drive of the 2nd half from their 37. Four plays later, Ringelberg would see the Eisenhower safety cheated way over which open the door and allowed Mitchell Brees some room over the middle for a 48-yard scoring strike. Rutkowski would split the uprights tying this game up again at 28's with 9:12 left in the 3rd.

This game was turning into a tennis match as both teams could not stop each other. That would continue as the Lions would start their next drive on their 20. They would scale the field in 10-plays as Harrell would take it for the last yard for a score. This time the kick was blocked making the score 34-28 in favor of the Lions with 5:52 left in the 3rd quarter.

New Berlin Eisenhower @ Greendale (Varsity)Now it was the Panther's turn to serve. It was here where they put a time consuming 13-play scoring drive together as Ringelberg would eventually reach pay dirt from 14-yards out. The kick would be blocked tying the game back up again at 34's with 1:45 still left in the 3rd.

Rutkowski's kick would reach the end zone forcing the Lions to start from their 20. The MIBs got lucky on this drive as they let an Ike receiver get wide open down the field. The pass would be over thrown resulting in a punting situation for the Lions on their 30.

After Greendale finally broke serve, they would bring their offense out and set up on their 34 with 11:46 left in the 4th quarter. They would quickly move into Eisenhower territory on a huge 40-yard run by running back Jake Zywicki. It was here that the Panthers were having trouble on the offensive line as there seemed to be a lot of false starts. They were all upset because the defense was barking out false signals, which is illegal causing confusion up front for Greendale. The referees were not picking up on that which had the Panther coaches all upset. Greendale would eventually get to the 15 before Ringelberg threw an interception in the back of the end zone putting an end to their drive.

New Berlin Eisenhower @ Greendale (Varsity)There was now 9:36 left in the game and Ike had the ball on their 20. They would run 3-plays including a huge gainer by quarterback Vince Gabrielsen that was called back by a holding penalty. They would eventually be forced to punt from their 22.

After the punt, Greendale would now try to untie this game as they would begin from their 36. They failed to take advantage of that situation and were forced to punt going 3 and out.

On the punt, Eisenhower would make a huge mistake as the return man tried to make an ill-advised catch on the run and muffed the ball. Greendale's Tristian Pipp would come up with it and just like that, Greendale was back on offense on Ike's 38.

Six plays later, Ringelberg would take it himself and score from 14-yards out for the go ahead touchdown. Rutkowski would make the kick and now Greendale was on top by a score of 41-34 with 3:40 left in the game.

Based on the way this game has been going, there was still plenty of time left for Eisenhower. They would get the ball and start this drive from their 20. Six plays later, Greendale's defense made one of the biggest plays of the game as Jack Ringelberg would intercept the ball at midfield-giving it right back to his twin brother and the rest of the Panther offense.

New Berlin Eisenhower @ Greendale (Varsity)With 1:21 left in the game, Greendale was going to try and run this clock out to end the game. Ike had other plans as they used all of their timeouts and stopped the Panthers forcing them to punt from Ike's 47.

After the kick, Ike would have one last chance at tying this game up. They would start from their 9-yard line. Four plays later, Greendale's defense did it again as Brees would intercept a pass at the Eisenhower's 47-yard line. All Greendale had to do was take a knee to end this wild and crazy game.

New Berlin Eisenhower @ Greendale (Varsity)The Panthers would win by a score of 41-34. This game was not the easiest game to watch for those with weak hearts. Both teams had trouble stopping each other's offense for the entire game. It seemed like the only way each team could be stopped was if they stopped themselves. This game will be remembered just like the one back in 2007 when Greendale won 28-27 in triple overtime.

Greendale will now improve to 4-1 while Eisenhower falls to 2-3 for the year. Greendale will travel to New Berlin West next week while Eisenhower heads to Wauwatosa West to take on the Trojans. As it stands, Pewaukee defeated the Trojans 27-6 so it looks like Pewaukee will be sitting real good to capture this year's Woodland West Conference title. Next week's games will start at 7:00pm.

Photos by Chuck Cairns

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Freshmen    

Things Are Missing!
R. A. Mattrisch - 9/20/12

Greendale @ New Berlin Eisenhower (Freshmen)The sport of football is an interesting game because it requires a lot of things that need to happen in order to be a successful team. When I say things, I mean blocking, tackling, catching, running, and throwing. Those are just the physical things. There are these mental things needed too such as concentration, focus, desire, determination, discipline, and smart decision making. Well it seemed like the Greendale freshmen football team was missing a lot of these things the other night as they were shut out by the Lions of New Berlin Eisenhower by a score of 27-0. The closest Greendale got to the goal line was the Eisenhower 15 before sacks and penalties pushed them back-eventually resulting in losing the ball on downs.

Not too much happened in the 1st half as both teams would put drives together only to self destruct once they got close to the opponent's 20. In other words it was a back and fourth game between the 20's, which from a spectator point of view can be somewhat boring to watch. Needless to say, the score was still 0-0 after the first half came to an end.

Greendale @ New Berlin Eisenhower (Freshmen)The 2nd half was a little different for one of the teams anyway. Greendale would kick to Eisenhower to open the 2nd half. The Lions would put a 9-play scoring drive together as they eventually crossed the goal line from 11-yards out. They would make the point after and Eisenhower was up 7-0 with 7:02 left in the 3rd quarter.

Things reverted back to the first half as both Greendale and Eisenhower had the ball twice and couldn't reach the end zone.

Greendale @ New Berlin Eisenhower (Freshmen)It was now early in the 4th quarter and Greendale just got the ball following a punt. On the very first play, they would be intercepted by Ike who returned it to the middle of the field. After being called for a block in the back penalty, the Lions would start this drive from their 40. Seven plays later they would score from 1-yard out for their 2nd touchdown of the evening. The kick was good making the score 14-0 with 6:38 left in the game.

Greendale would end up fumbling the ball on the ensuing kick return giving it right back to the Lions on Greendale's 38. Four plays later, Ike crossed the goal line again from 2-yards out for their 3rd TD of the game. The kick was good and now the score was 21-0 with 5:31 left in the game.

Greendale @ New Berlin Eisenhower (Freshmen)The Panthers would get the ball back on their 37 to try and answer back. Seven plays later, they would stall out on the Eisenhower 35.

The Lions would get the ball back and put an 8-play scoring drive together scoring by a 5-yard run. The kick was blocked making the score 27-0 with only :19 seconds left in the game.

Greendale would get off 2-plays before the game would finally come to an end.

The final score would be, New Berlin Eisenhower 27 - Greendale 0. The freshmen Lions will remain undefeated at 5-0 while Greendale will fall to 3-2 for the year. Greendale will return home next week as they will host the New Berlin West Vikings. That game is scheduled to start at 5:30pm.

 

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Varsity Reserve    

Greendale's Old Offense Comes Back to Haunt Them
R. A. Mattrisch - 9/17/12

Greendale @ Pewaukee (Varsity Reserve)Way back before Rob Stoltz took over as head coach for Greendale, the Panthers used to play a Wing-T offense. That offense was started when Terry Schaetzke was the head coach back in the late 70's. Since then, Stoltz has put this hybrid spread offense into play which is probably one of the most difficult offenses to stop. Why? Because you have to address and defend everything across the entire field with only the 11 guys you have, which can leave weak spots in various areas. The Wing-T is a little different. It incorporates deception and traps that can be lethal if you have all of the right parts in place. It also requires you to be physical and quick up front on the offensive line. Well it looked like Pewaukee's varsity reserve football team had all of the parts in the right place as they cruised to an easy 42-20 victory over the Panthers. Greendale was never in the game from the get-go. They still had issues on offense and the defense seemed to be caught out of position for most of the first half. The second half was a lot better after adjustments were made. Pewaukee is pretty much the only team that Greendale sees that still plays a true Wing-T and they're very good at executing it.

With the rain starting to subside, the game would begin with Greendale getting the ball first. They would be forced to punt going 3 and out.

The Pirates would get the ball-looking at a short field as they would begin on Greendale's 36. Five plays later they would run a sweep off the right end and score from 24-yards out. They would make the kick-making the score 7-0 with 8:06 left in the first half.

The Panthers would start their next drive on their 26. They would run 2-plays before fumbling the ball of which Pewaukee recovered on Greendale's 36.

On their very first play, they ran the exact same play that they scored on earlier for another touchdown from 36-yards out. The kick was good-increasing their lead to a score of 14-0 with 7:05 left in the opening quarter.

The Panthers would start their next drive on their 18. This time the cats had a little something going as they drove to the Pewaukee 34 in 9-plays. On the 10th play, however, Panther quarterback David Wood ended up throwing an interception on a screen play that was returned 66-yards the other way for another Pewaukee touchdown. The kick was good making the score 21-0 with 3:13 still left in the 1st quarter.

Greendale @ Pewaukee (Varsity Reserve)The Panthers were desperately trying to get something going as they would begin their next drive on their 35. They would run 9-plays taking the game into the 2nd quarter before being forced to punt the ball away.

After the punt, the Pirates would begin this drive from their 25. They would score 11-plays later on a 25-yard off tackle play for their 4th touchdown of the night. The kick was good and now the score was Pewaukee 28 - Greendale 0 with 6:14 left in the 1st half.

Greendale would get the ball after the ensuing kick on their 35. They would run 3-plays before having to call on the punt team again. When it rains, it pours for the snap was way too high for Wood so all he could do was jump as high as he could to get the ball. There was no way he was going to get a kick off so he tried running but was tackled on his 26. Pewaukee would now be looking at a real short field one again.

On the Pirates first play, they would throw a pass over the middle to a wide open receiver for another score. The kick was good and now Pewaukee was up 35-0 with 3:56 left in the 1st half. Because it was still the first half, the continuous running clock rule would not apply.

Greendale @ Pewaukee (Varsity Reserve)This time the Panthers would start their drive on their 33. Things were moving pretty good. On their 7th play in the drive, Wood would throw another interception that was returned to the Pewaukee 38. The Pirates would run 6-plays before the 1st half would come to an end.

Greendale would be kicking to start the 2nd half. They would also be dealing with a running clock because of the 35-point mercy rule. The Panther defense seemed to be playing with more of an attitude now. The speed was faster and the hits were harder. Four plays later, the Pirates would fumble of which Sam Sabinash would recover for Greendale on their 46.

This time the Panthers would put in the tank in big Tim Ventura at running back. He started running over people all the way down the field and eventually would score from 2-yards out-capping off a 5-play 54-yard drive. Wood's kick was no good making the score 35-6 with 4:45 left in the 3rd quarter. The running clock would now resume normal operating procedures.

Greendale @ Pewaukee (Varsity Reserve)Things got even a little more exciting on the following kick. It seemed that the Pewaukee return guy was a little lacks in getting to the ball. Before you knew it, Nic Cameranesi and Nick Feinas collided with the return guy and came up with the ball for Greendale. They would now have it on the Pirate's 17 with a new set of downs.

Three plays later, Wood hooked up with David Johnson on a hard slant route for a 14-yard scoring strike. The try for 2-points failed-making the score Pewaukee 35 - Greendale 12 with 3:57 left in the 3rd quarter.

Things then quieted down for a bit as Pewaukee would punt going 3 and out. Then both Greendale and Pewaukee would end up turning the ball over on downs in between the 40's.

It was now well into the 4th quarter and Greendale had the ball on their 35. On the 3rd play of the drive, Wood found Calvin McLain with a pass, but he would then fumble or which Pewaukee would recover on Pewaukee's 37. The now inspired Panther defense would force them to punt going 3 and out.

Greendale @ Pewaukee (Varsity Reserve)There was now 6:15 left in the game and Greendale had the ball on their 26 after the kick. On the very first play, Wood threw another interception and Pewaukee would now have the ball with another short field in front of them.

Four plays later, the Pirates scored on a 4-yard run up the middle for their 6th touchdown of the game. They would make the kick-making the score 42-12 with 4:51 left in the game.

Greendale would begin this drive from their 27. Six plays later, Wood connected with Johnson again on another pass. Johnson would sprint down the entire right side line and managed to kick the corner pylon while being pushed out of bounds for a Panther touchdown. That play would cover 47-yards. Cameranesi would sprint into the end zone for the 2-point conversion-making the scoreboard read Pewaukee 42 - Greendale 20 with 2:08 left in the game.

Greendale @ Pewaukee (Varsity Reserve)The Pirates would take 3 knees and then punt and then Greendale would take a knee to end the game.

The final score would be, Pewaukee 42 - Greendale 20. Greendale's defense came out and played with a little more aggression in the 2nd half, and the offense came out and was able to make some plays. While that was very encouraging, it wasn't enough for everyone knows that you have to be able to play the entire game that way. Greendale will return home next week to play the New Berlin Eisenhower Lions Monday night. That game is scheduled to start at 5:30pm.

 

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Varsity    

Watt Happened?
R. A. Mattrisch - 9/14/12

Greendale @ Pewaukee (Varsity)Well let me tell you what happened. The Panthers ran into a buzz saw with a very familiar last name Friday night out in Pewaukee. His name is T. J. Watt, younger brother to Derrick Watt who currently plays for the Wisconsin Badgers, and even more younger than J. J. Watt who already did the Badger thing and is currently making a name for himself with the Houston Texans of the NFL. Greendale's offense did what they normally do but the defense had no answer as they seemed flat or maybe even out matched in a losing effort to the Pirates by a score of 38-24. The Panthers had things under control at half time and maybe even at the 3rd quarter, but then the Pewaukee offense took over and scored on each of their drives in last quarter to win the game.

This was a huge game and would have a significant impact as to how the Woodland West Conference would play out, but in the end, the team with more seniors rose to the occasion and would win the game.

The Panthers would get things going right off the bat as they would take their opening drive and march 67-yards in 4-plays as running back Jake Zywicki would take a handoff up the middle and scamper 48-yards for the Panther's first score. Kicker Frankie Rutkowski would make the kick making the score 7-0 with 10:33 left in the 1st quarter.

Greendale @ Pewaukee (Varsity)The Pirates answered with a quick strike of their own as Ryan Stepanovich would take the ensuing kick and race 95-yards untouched for their first score of the night. Jacob Stern would convert the point after and just like that the score was tied at 7's with 10:20 left in the 1st quarter. This pretty much was an indication of how this game was going to go as there were two touchdowns already in the first 1:40 seconds of the game.

Greendale would start their next drive from their 14. They would run 4-plays before looking at a 3rd and long from their 27. It was here where another uncharacteristic event would occur as the ball was snapped over quarterback Josh Ringelberg's head. All he could do was track it down and fall on it back on his 6-yard line. This would bring the punt team out as Peter Pekar would be kicking from deep in his end zone.

After the kick, Pewaukee would be starting from their 39. They would run 5-plays before fumbling the ball in the backfield of which Greendale's Mike Pulizos would recover on the Panther 17.

Greendale couldn't do anything and were forced to punt going 3 and out.

Pewaukee couldn't do much better as they were forced to punt after 5-plays.

Greendale @ Pewaukee (Varsity)Greendale would now take possession on their 17. Six plays later, Ringelberg would find Mitchell Brees down the left side line for a huge 65-yard scoring strike after making a great catch. Rutkowski would make the kick and Greendale now found themselves on top by a score of 14-7 with 10:11 now left in the 2nd quarter.

The Pirates would start their drive following the kick from their 25. At this point the Panther defense seemed to have things under control as they forced the Pirates to punt going 3 and out.

Greendale would line up on their 31 following the punt. They would put together a 12-play drive all the way to the Pirate's 5 before being forced to call on the field goal unit. Rutkowski would make the 23-yard try and Greendale was now up 17-7 with 2:28 left in the 1st half.

Pewaukee quarterback T. J. Watt would now bring his offense back out on the field and start this drive from their 34. It was here where the Pirates may have found some holes as they would move the ball a lot easier-all the way to the Panther's 7 in 8-plays. With no timeouts and only :05 seconds left on the clock, they would have to settle for a 26-yard field by Stern, which was good making the score 17-10 with :05 seconds left in the 1st half. The clock would expire on the following kick.

Greendale @ Pewaukee (Varsity)The Panthers would have to kick to open the 2nd half. After the kick, Pewaukee would begin from their 15. It was evident that the Pirates came out with a little different game plan as they started to rip-off huge chunks of yardage on the ground. It would only take 10-plays to reach the end zone as Watt would fool the Panthers and keep it on a fake handoff for a 14-yard touchdown run. Stern would make the kick and Pewaukee would tie this game up at 17's with 7:14 left in the 3rd.

The Panthers would now have to come up with an answer as they would start their first drive of the half on their 17. Four plays later, Ringelberg would be intercepted by Watt who just jumped up from the line of scrimmage and managed to somehow hang onto the ball. He would return it all the way to the Panther 24 before being tripped up by Ringelberg.

With momentum clearly on Pewaukee's side it would only take 4-plays as Watt ran the same play that he scored on earlier to reach the zone from 6-yards out. Stern would make his kick and now the Pirates were on top by a score of 24-17 with 4:38 left in the 3rd.

Greendale @ Pewaukee (Varsity)Greendale didn't seem too rattled for they would answer with another scoring strike as Ringelberg found Brees again for a 47-yard pass play-capping off a 5-play 65-yard drive. Rutkowski would split the uprights tying the game back up at 24's with 2:47 still left in the 3rd quarter.

It was at this point that the Pewaukee offense took control of the game. They would put together a time consuming 14-play 83-yard scoring drive of which Watt would finish off with his favorite play from 6-yards out. Stern would make the kick and Pewaukee would regain the lead by a score of 31-24 with 7:46 now into the 4th quarter.

It was now up to the Panther offense to see if they could answer. They would start this drive on their 35. They managed to run 4-plays before looking at a 4th and 7 from midfield. On the snap of the ball, Ringelberg rolled to his left and couldn't find anyone open so he had to try and escape, but in the process, the ball would be knocked out of his hands of which Greendale recovered on their 42, but it didn't mater for it was now the Pirate's ball.

Greendale @ Pewaukee (Varsity)There was now only 6:09 left in the game and Greendale's defense would have to make a stop so that they could get the ball back. It looked like they may have accomplished that for 5-plays later; they forced the Pirates to line up for a punt looking at a 4th and 8. On the snap of the ball, Watt, who does their punting, would take the ball and run around the left side and easily made the first down and then some-keeping the Pirate drive alive. Two plays later the dagger was inserted as running back David Grimscheid would take a handoff up the middle and score from 15-yards out. Stern would convert the point after-making the score 38-24 with 1:42 left in the game.

Greendale who was now in trouble would take over and start from their 35. They would run 3-plays taking the ball into Pirate territory before Zywicki would have the ball knocked out of his hands by Watt after a catch on a screen play. The Pirates would recover thus ending Greendale's chance of scoring.

Pewaukee would just have to take two knees to end the game.

Greendale @ Pewaukee (Varsity)Greendale would have their 17 conference game winning streak snapped at the hands of Pewaukee by a score of 38-24. This would also be the first time in 4 meetings that the Pirates have beaten the Panthers since they have become conference members. In the end, both teams had trouble stopping each other at what they do best. Greendale would hurt the Pirates through the air while the Pirates would hurt the Panthers on the ground. Greendale will now fall to 3-1 while the Pirates remain undefeated and have the inside track of capturing the conference crown.

Greendale will return home next week to entertain the New Berlin Eisenhower Lions for their Homecoming. Pewaukee will take to the road to play the Wauwatosa West Trojans. That game will have a significant impact for if Pewaukee wins, they would be in the driver's seat for the conference championship. If they lose and Greendale beats Wauwatosa West in two weeks, there could be a 3 way tie. All you can do is wait to see how things play out because after all, that's why they play the game.

Photos by Chuck Cairns

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Freshmen    

Back On Track!
R. A. Mattrisch - 9/13/12

Pewaukee @ Greendale (Freshmen)After a poor showing last week against the Pius Popes, Greendale's freshmen team got it back going as they took it to the visiting Pewaukee Pirates 39-6 in the rain at Gavinski Stadium. It was a game that was dominated by the Panther defense who very rarely let the Pirates gain more then a few yards on each of their plays. For Greendale, the Pirates had no solution for running back Jacob Debelak whose quickness and elusiveness gave Pewaukee major trouble. Of course the Panther passing attack behind the arm of Mike Jankowiak gave the Pirates a little problem too.

Things didn't start out all that well for the Panthers as they would get the ball first to start the game but on their very first play, Panther quarterback Cam Anders would be intercepted by Pewaukee on their side of the field.

The Panther's defense then pushed them backwards and forced the Pirates to a 4th and 19. For some reason they went for it on their 47 which didn't matter because Greendale's Mitch Garcia would intercept the ball on the next play and was tackled on his 44.

Pewaukee @ Greendale (Freshmen)Both teams would end up going 4 and out on their next possessions. When the Pirates had to punt on theirs, the center would snap it over the punter's head so he had all he could do to fall on it. Needless to say Greendale was looking at a short field on Pewaukee's 31.

Four plays later, Debelak would run to his left and score from 17-yards out. Ray Gutierrez would make the kick and Greendale was on the board first by a score of 7-0 with 2:35 left in the 1st quarter.

After forcing the Pirates to punt on their next drive, Greendale would take over and run 3 plays before they were intercepted once again near midfield.

Pewaukee @ Greendale (Freshmen)It was now in the 2nd quarter and Pewaukee had the ball. Two plays later, a Greendale player just took the ball from the Pewaukee running back giving it back to his offense near the midfield stripe.

Four plays later, Panther quarterback Mike Jankowiak would find Dante Keizer in the end zone from 20-yards out for another touchdown. Gutierrez would split the uprights and Greendale was now up 14-0 with 6:53 left in the 1st half.

The Panther's defense forced another 3 and out on the Pirates. This time the cats would strike big for 3-plays later, Debelak would take a handoff over right tackle and scamper 54-yards for another Panther score. This time Gutierrez would miss his kick making the score 20-0 with 4:02 left in the half.

Pewaukee @ Greendale (Freshmen)Pewaukee would get off 3-plays on their ensuing drive only to fumble of which Greendale's Cam Anders would scoop up and return for 30-yards to the Pewaukee 31.

Three plays later, Jankowiak would find Keizer again for a 22-yard scoring strike. Gutierrez would make this kick and now Greendale was taking this game over by a score of 27-0 with 2:19 left in the 1st half.

The Panther defense would make another play as they would intercept a pass on the Pirates' 2nd play of their next drive. They couldn't do anything and ended up turning the ball over on downs near midfield.

Pewaukee tried to do something too but time ran out on them as Greendale would go into the half with a 27-0 lead.

Nothing happened in the 3rd quarter as both teams battled between the 30's.

Pewaukee @ Greendale (Freshmen)Greendale had the ball for the start of the 4th quarter. On the very first play, Debelak would get loose again and sprint 43-yards to the end zone for another Panther touchdown. Attempting to put this game on a running clock, Greendale would go for 2 but failed so the score would end up 33-0 with 9:49 left in the game.

The Panthers again forced Pewaukee to 3 and out on their next drive. Greendale would take over on their 46. Seven plays later, Dylan Orlowski would take a hand off and score on a 6-yard run up the middle for Greendale's 6th touchdown of the night. The extra point kick was blocked making the score 39-0 with 4:50 left in the game.

Pewaukee @ Greendale (Freshmen)With a running clock now in force, Pewaukee would begin their drive from their 42. They strung 10-plays together taking the ball all the way to the Panther's 2-yard line. With just :05 seconds left and no time outs, this would be the Pirates last play. One the snap of the ball, they would complete a pass in the end zone for their only score of the game. Because there was no time left on the clock, the extra point try would not be allowed so the final score would be Greendale 39 - Pewaukee 6.

Greendale will now take to the road next week and will play the New Berlin Eisenhower Lions. That game is scheduled to start at 5:30pm.

 

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Varsity Reserve    

Victorious At Last!
R. A. Mattrisch - 9/10/12

Pius @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)The Greendale Panther varsity reserve team has been struggling of late as they lost their first 3 games of the season. That finally changed last night as they took it to the Pius Popes 35-0. It was a game that was full of big plays, good specialty teams, a solid offensive performance, and a defense that dominated the field. In the end, it looked like there were mass improvements in all areas of the team.

Things got going right off the bat for Greendale. Pius would get the ball first to open the game but on their 2nd play, Greendale's JJ Hartung would intercept the ball on Pius's 40 and returned it to the 24.

Pius @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)Five plays later, Panther quarterback David Wood would find Brad Lachman in the right side of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown pass. Wood made the extra point kick and Greendale would strike first with a score of 7-0 and 7:05 left in the 1st quarter.

Things then got a little quite as first Pius, then Greendale, and then Pius all had to punt on their respective possessions. Greendale finally reached the Promised Land when Jake Hagmayer hauled in a Wood pass from 7-yards out for a score. Wood converted the kick making the score 14-0 with 7:56 now left in the 1st half.

Pius would get the ball on the ensuing kick and start from their 40. They rattled off 3-plays before Lachman would intercept a pass on the Pope's 22 and return it to the 17.

Three plays Later, Wood would find another receiver in Brian Goyette for a 5-yard touchdown pass. Wood made his kick and Greendale was now up 21-0 with 6:12 left in the 1st half.

The Popes would start their next drive on their 20. They put 9-plays together before turning the ball over on downs and the Panther's 27.

Pius @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)Six plays later, the Panthers would strike gold as Wood found Goyette again in the end zone for a 22-yard scoring strike. Wood converted the extra point kick and now the score was 28-0 with just :38 seconds left in the half.

Pius would get off 2-plays before the 1st half would come to an end.

The Panthers would be getting the ball first to start the 2nd half. It didn't take long for the Panthers to reach the goal line again as running back Tim Ventura would bull his way in from 2-yards capping off a 7-play 73-yard drive. Wood split the uprights making the score 35-0 with 7:38 left in the 3rd quarter. As a result of that score, the game would continue on with a running clock.

Pius @ Greendale (Varsity Reserve)The rest of the game was played between the 20's as neither team could manage any kind of points.

The Panthers would win rather easily behind a strong defensive performance with a score of 35-0 over Pius. The Panther's record now goes to 1-3 as they will be traveling to Pewaukee next Monday afternoon to take on the Pirates. That game is scheduled to start at 5:30pm.

 

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Varsity    

Panthers Welcome Pius to the Woodland in a Not So Nice Way
R. A. Mattrisch - 9/7/12

Pius @ Greendale (Varsity)The Greendale Panther football team finally returned home Friday for their home opener as they would play host to the Pius Popes. Pius is new to the Woodland Conference this year and this would be their first Woodland Conference game against Greendale. These two teams have played once before during the playoffs back in 2010 of which Pius won by a score of 22-20. Unfortunately that didn't happen this time for the Popes as they were welcomed in an unfriendly manor. They were dismantled by the Panthers by a score of 45-6. Both teams came into this game with a 2-0 record as Pius beat Cudahy and South Milwaukee for their first two games and Greendale beat South Milwaukee and Greenfield for their first two games. That meant that this game would be somewhat of a statement as to where both teams are. Pius has one of the area's top quarterbacks in senior Connor Senger who is quick on his feet, likes to throw the ball, and will always make plays. In other words he is a play maker. Greendale knew that they had to find a way to make life miserable for him in order for them to have a chance of winning. That's what they did as they showed up with several disguised blitz packages that forced Senger to run for his life and prevented him from cutting up Greendale's secondary. In the end, however, it would be the Panther's sophomore quarterback Josh Ringelberg stealing the show as he lead his offense for 464 total yards compared to the Pope's 280 total yards.

The Popes would kick first to start the game. After a close call with a fumble on the return, Greendale would start from their 32. On their very first play, they had trouble again with a fumble as the handoff was missed and just like that, Pius found themselves with the ball on Greendale's 34.

Greendale's defense would come up big forcing the Pope's offense to a 4th and 12. It looked Pius was going for it but instead quick kicked from their offensive set resulting in the ball coming to rest on the Panther's 3.

Ringelberg and crew would now take to the field and have to start from deep in a hole. On the very first play, there would be another fumble of which Greendale would recover but now the ball was on the 1-yard line. Instead of running a run play, the Panthers would take to the air as Ringelberg rolled to his right and found Nate Miller on the right side line who managed to shake loose and get some much needed breathing room before being knocked out of bounds at the Panther 24. They would run 8 more plays before being forced to punt from the Pope's 47.

Pius @ Greendale (Varsity)After the punt, Pius would find themselves lining up on their 15. They would squeeze off 5-plays before being forced to punt back to the Panthers.

Greendale would start this drive from their 34. This time they would run 15-plays all on the ground-moving the ball to the Pope's 3-yard line. They ended up having to settle for a 21-yard field goal by Frankie Rutkowski for the game's first score. The scoreboard would read 3-0 with :14 seconds left in the 1st quarter.

On the ensuing kick, things would go wrong for the Popes for on the return, Greendale's Sam Sabinsh would knock the ball loose of which teammate Jack Ringelberg would recover on the Pope's 17.

On the very first play, Josh Ringelberg would sting the Popes as he hooked up with Cody Kmetz for a 22-yard scoring strike. Rutkowsk would make his kick and Greendale added a few more points to the score before the 1st quarter ended as the board read 10-0 with :01 second left.

The unsung hero's of the Panther's specialty teams were flying high as they smothered the return man back on his 7-yard line. This time Pius took on a new approach as they would operate a hurry-up version of their offense. They managed to get all the way to the Panther's 5-yard line and were looking at 1st and goal. With the way things were going during this drive, one would have bet money that the Popes were going to score. Well if you made that bet you would have lost as the Panther defense rose to the occasion and kept Pius from scoring on all 4-plays, which was kind of amazing actually. As a result, Greendale would be starting from their 1-yard line.

Pius @ Greendale (Varsity)On the very first play, cool hand Ringelberg would drop back to pass and found a wide open Peter Pekar running a crossing route-picking up 34-yards on the play. Fourteen plays later, the Panthers would reach the zone as Ringelberg again would hook up with Kmetz for a 21-yards scoring strike. That capped off a 15-play 99-yard drive. Rutkowski would split the uprights and the Panthers were now up 17-0 with 3:58 left in the 1st half.

The Popes would start their next drive after a nice return on their 38. Seven plays later they would turn the ball over on downs as Jack Ringelberg, who is Josh's twin brother, broke up a pass in the end zone that would have been a sure touchdown.

With 2:19 left in the 1st half, Greendale would take possession on their 25. Three plays later, Ringelberg would be intercepted by the Pope's Christian Garcia who took it to the Panther 28.

Pius @ Greendale (Varsity)Greendale's defense continued to make life miserable for Senger, but the guy never gave up and was always trying to make plays. Looking at a 4th and 27 from his 29, he would roll to his right and unleashed a pass catching a Panther defender day dreaming. He would hook up with his favorite receiver Darius Nance for a 29-yard scoring strike. The extra point kick failed and Pius was finally on the board but trailing by a score of 17-6 with :08 seconds life in the half.

After the kick, Greendale would take a knee to end the 1st half of play.

The Popes would be getting the ball first to start the 2nd half. After some more amazing specialty team play, the Popes found themselves starting from their 15. They would resume their hurry-up style of offence and put together 12-plays before one of their receivers fumbled after a catch of which Greendale's Nate Miller would recover on his 16.

Nine plays later that included a lot of gashing runs, Greendale crossed the goal line on a 1-yard sneak by Ringelberg completing a 9-play 84-yard drive. Rutkowski made his kick and Greendale now was up 24-6 with 6:05 left in the 3rd.

Pius would be forced to start from their 20 as Rutkowski's kick would find the end zone. Three things can happen when you pass the ball and two of them are bad. That's what the Popes discovered for on their very first play of the drive, Senger was intercepted by shutdown corner Mitchell Brees who returned it 20-yards to the Pope's 31-yard line.

Pius @ Greendale (Varsity)Smelling blood, the Panther's high powered offence would take to the field to see if they could put this game out of reach. Three plays later they did punch it in as Ringelberg would do the honors-untouched from 8-yards out. Rutkowski split the uprights again and now the Panthers have blown this game wide open by a score of 31-6 with 4:56 left in the 3rd quarter.

Pius was still trying to get something going as they would begin from their 26 after the kick. Six plays later, the Panther defense came up huge again as Jack Ringelberg intercepted the ball on his 46.

The Panther's offense would have to punch the clock once again. They would run 6-plays before Pius's Antwan Powell stepped in front of a Ringelberg pass for the interception and returned it to his 42.

Still looking for that spark, the Popes were leaning more towards passing then running. Of course the Panthers knew that and continued to keep the heat on Senger. They eventually forced the Popes to turn the ball over on downs way back on Pius's 33.

Pius @ Greendale (Varsity)Looking at a short field, Greendale would now take over possession of the ball. Three plays later, running back Jake Zywicki would take it in from 3-yards out for Greendale's 5th touchdown of the night. Rutkowski would convert his kick and now the Panthers were on the verge of creating another running clock situation, which is something that they have done in the last 2 games. The score would read 38-6 with 10:53 left in the game.

The Popes would be starting from their 20 after another touchback. They would run 5-plays before looking at a 4th and 6 from their 34. I guess desperate times call for desperate measures as they would go for it and come up short as the pass fell incomplete. Greendale would take over on downs at the Pius 34.

The Panthers didn't waste time again as they reached the end zone 2-plays later on a 18-yard Ringelberg pass to Gaelan Seibold. Rutkowski would make his kick and the running clock would now begin as the score was Greendale 45 - Pius 6 with 9:01 left in the game.

Pius @ Greendale (Varsity)Pius would begin this drive from their 31. They would run 6-plays before the merciless Greendale Panther defense pulled the plug as linebacker Zack Henderson would pick off a Senger pass on his 18.

With 6:00 minutes left on the ticking clock, Greendale was now out to just burn the clock. They would stay on the ground and run 3-plays before having to punt the ball away.

The demoralized Popes would take to the field and ended up turning the ball over on downs on their 41. All Greendale needed to do was take a few knees to end the game.

Pius @ Greendale (Varsity)The final score would be, Greendale 45 - Pius 6. One could only conclude that Greendale made a statement tonight as they took it to the Popes in an overwhelming fashion. It's also a forgone conclusion that Josh Ringelberg is the real deal and is looking like one of the top quarterbacks in the conference. I don't think his grade year matters and I'm pretty sure that the Panther coaching staff doesn't care either. The guy is a player and makes things happen with minimal mistakes. The offensive line looks to have has come together and the receivers do what they do... catch footballs! The defense is a completely different animal. They have only given up 21-points in 3 games and have shown an uncanny way of getting to the ball fast and making plays.

The Panthers will now take their 17 conference game winning streak with them and head west to Pewaukee to take on the Pirates. Like Greendale, the Pirates will be coming into this game with a perfect record so that means that something's got to give. That game is scheduled to start at 7:00pm.

Photos by Chuck Cairns

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Freshmen    

No MoJo!
R. A. Mattrisch - 9/6/12

Greendale @ Pius (Freshmen)The 2-0 Greendale freshmen football team took to the road to play Woodland Conference newcomer Pius Thursday but when they boarded the bus, they must have forgotten their MoJo. They just didn't look like the same team that played the previous weeks. Of course they were short a few MoJo'ites in Jacob Debelak and Matt Zywicki who were out with injuries. Then to make matters worse, they suffered another setback when they lost quarterback Mike Jankowiak early in the 3rd quarter. Needless to say, the team was diffidently crippled. Nonetheless, that's part of football and the game must go on. When the clock was done for the night, Greendale found themselves a little short as they lost to Pius by a score of 14-6. The Panthers had several chances in the red-zone to tie this game up, but the plays that were called weren't executed properly resulting in the short fall.

Greendale @ Pius (Freshmen)After eventually finding the field, I discovered that this was nothing more than a practice field with no stands, no lights, no scoreboard, no straight lines and half a baseball field taking up one of the sidelines. Apparently there were some scheduling conflicts with the other fields that Pius uses so this was the only option left. Nonetheless, there were referees and 2 teams that were ready to play so all you can do is play with the cards that you were dealt.

Greendale @ Pius (Freshmen)Pius would be kicking first to start the game. After the return, Greendale would start from their 35. They failed to advance the sticks so they were forced to punt going 3 and out.

The Popes could do no better for they were forced to punt on their series going 3 and out as well.

Greendale @ Pius (Freshmen)This time the Panthers found themselves starting on their 32. Two plays later they would fumble of which Pius would recover on Greendale's 32. Three plays later, the Popes would cross the goal line as their quarterback would run it in from 7-yards out around the left side. The try for 2-points failed making the score 6-0 with 3:55 left in the 1st quarter.

Greendale @ Pius (Freshmen)Both offenses now seemed to have trouble keeping drives alive. It was now later in the 2nd quarter and Pius had the ball and looked to be marching. Looking at a 4th and 1 on the Panther 26, the Popes would go for it. After the snap of the ball, the quarterback handed it off to one of his shifty running backs who spun his way to freedom and scampered 26-yards for a touchdown. This time the Popes converted their 2-point try making the score 14-0 with 4:18 left in the 1st half.

Greendale @ Pius (Freshmen)Both teams would then have to punt to each other. When the Panthers got the ball back, they would be starting from their 36 with under 2-minutes left in the half. It was here were things got a little exciting. Greendale managed to get the ball all the way down to the 2-yard line on a nice long pass play. The receiver was tackled inbounds with 6 seconds left on the clock. Greendale was out of timeouts but the clock does stop on a first down for the chains. The Panthers hustled up to the line of scrimmage and were ready to go-actually waiting for the refs. As soon as they got out of the way, they snapped the ball and downed it. Then things got very confusing. After the ball hit the ground, a ref blew his whistle. The reason he blew the whistle was because apparently the ball wasn't chopped into play properly when Greendale ran their play. The players however thought it was blown to stop the clock after the play. With everyone standing around looking confused, the head official asked the side judge if the ball was out of bounds. He told the head official that it wasn't. Then the head official swung his arm to wind the clock. The players weren't sure what was going on so they just lined up at the line of scrimmage to run a play. What they didn't know was that the clock was wound and eventually ran out before the quarterback could even get his hands under the center. While the ruling was correct, the officials handled the situation in a very confusing manor for the players, which hurt Greendale's chances of scoring from the 2-yard line. That's how the 1st half would end with Pius on top by a score of 14-0.

For the 2nd half, the game would be played between the 20's. Pius would get the kick and have to punt going 3 and out. Greendale would get the ball back and string 9-plays together before fumbling the ball back to Pius on the Pope's 26.

Here Pius would also put a nice 8-play drive together before they were forced to punt.

It was now in the 4th quarter and neither team could get into a position to score. Things kind of got exciting for a bit when Pius scored on a 27-yard run, but the play was called back on a holding penalty of which Pius committed 6 during the course of the game. With the penalty assessed, the Popes would eventually turn the ball over on down on Greendale's 23.

Greendale @ Pius (Freshmen)With about 7:00 minutes left in the game, the Panthers would take possession of the ball. On the very first play, quarterback Cam Anders would pitch the ball to Mitch Garcia who got around the left side and out ran everyone to the end zone completing a 78-yard touchdown jaunt. The try for 2-points failed making the score Pius 14-Greendale 6 with 6:33 left in the game.

Greendale who was now inspired stopped the Pope's next drive forcing them to punt going 3 and out.

Greendale would take over on their 35. Eight plays later, they worked the ball all the way to the Pope's 16 before looking at a 4th and 5. Anders pass would miss the mark and Greendale ended up turning the ball over on downs just 16-yards short of the goal line.

With darkness now coming into play, Pius would take over. They would eventually have to punt back to Greendale.

With :32 seconds left and 83-yards between them and the goal line, Greendale would have one last chance to make something happen. It didn't happen as all of the passes fell incomplete. Pius would get the ball back on down and just took a knee to end the game.

The final score would be Pius 14-Greendale 6. It seemed from the onset that the Panthers were a little flat for this game. It was also apparent that Pius won the battle up front, which gave the Panther offense fits. Greendale will return home next Thursday to host the Pewaukee Pirates. That game is scheduled to start at 5:30pm.

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Varsity Reserve    

Offensive Troubles Continue
R. A. Mattrisch - 9/4/12

Greendale @ Greenfield (Varsity Reserve)The Varsity Reserve football team had to take another bus ride for the third consecutive game this season. The good thing was that it didn't take long to get to their game for they only needed to travel about 3 miles. That was about the only good thing of the day as they would eventually be shut out by the Hawks of Greenfield by a score of 6-0 in what was a frustrating game to watch. Both offenses didn't exhibit any kind of fluid motion as they played the game pretty much between the 40's. Field position was what gave the Hawks a slight advantage as they were the only team to be able to score.

As for the Panthers, it was the same issues. Too many passes missing the mark and then when a pass did hit the mark, it would be dropped. The Panthers had trouble all night sustaining any kind of lengthy drive that would take them into the end zone. Defensively, Greendale was doing a very good job stopping Greenfield's wishbone offensive, but as the game wore on, they were starting to get tired because they were on the field quite a bit.

Greendale @ Greenfield (Varsity Reserve)All of the scoring in this game occurred in the opening minutes on the first drive. Greendale won the toss but decided to defer so they would kick to the Hawks to start the game. After a short kick, Greenfield found themselves starting from their 42. Seven plays later, the Hawks would score on a quarterback sneak from 1-yard out for the first points of the game. The extra point try was no good so Greenfield would settle for a 6-0 lead with 6:13 left in the 1st quarter.

The Panthers would start their first drive of the game from their 35. They were forced to punt, however, after 4-plays.

The Hawks got the ball back and would start from their 27. Four plays later, Greenfield would fumble of which Jake Hagmayer would recover for Greendale on the Hawk's 38.

Greendale @ Greenfield (Varsity Reserve)Looking at a great opportunity and a short field, Panther quarterback David Wood & Company would take to the field and setup shop. They would string 6-plays together before looking at a 4th and long. Being just 20 yards away, the Panthers would of course go for it. On the snap of the ball, Wood would roll to his right and threw a pass into the end zone of which was tipped by a Greenfield defender. That tipped ball actually made it easier for the Panther receiver to catch because it was just falling straight down towards him. But as what has been happening in the past, the ball would be dropped by Brad Lachman in the end zone, which would have been a sure touchdown.

Greendale @ Greenfield (Varsity Reserve)It was now the 2nd quarter and both teams would end up punting to each other. The Hawks finally got a drive going late in the quarter putting 8-plays together and taking the ball all the way to the Panther's 4 before being stopped on 4th down. Wood would take a knee to end the 1st half of play.

The Panthers would get the ball first to start the 2nd half. They found themselves punting going 3 and out as pass plays netted nothing in return.

The Hawks would take over near midfield and would fumble on their second play giving the ball right back to the Panthers. This time Greendale's offense managed to put a few plays together. On one of those plays, a Panther receiver was wide open, which would have been an easy score, but the ball was again dropped with no defender in the area. Looking at a 4th and goal from the Hawk's 17, Greendale would pass on the field goal and go for it. On the snap of the ball, Wood would throw a pass that didn't connect so that would stop the Panthers deepest threat of the game thus far.

Greendale @ Greenfield (Varsity Reserve)The Hawks came back and managed to put 7-plays together before being forced to punt back to Greendale.

The Panthers would start this drive from Greenfield's 48. They ran 3-plays before Wood was intercepted. There was a huge return on that play but it was called way back because of an illegal block in the back penalty. The Hawks couldn't muster up anything and had to punt back to the cats.

The Panthers followed suite by punting followed by a replay for the Hawks as both team's punters got a bit of a workout.

Greendale @ Greenfield (Varsity Reserve)It was now late in the game and Greendale found themselves in a position to tie and possibly win the game. As they took to the field, they would start from Greenfield's 40-yard line. During this drive, passes were again dropped that could have resulted in scores. It was now 4th and goal from the Hawk's 11. Because of the short amount of time left, this would probably be Greendale's last shot at scoring. Wood would drop back and connect with Brian Goyette at the 1-yard line, but a great tackle was made by a Hawk defender prevented him from crossing the goal line. It would now be Greenfield's ball on their 1 with 1:30 left in the game.

The Hawks managed to get a first down and then took a few knees to finally end the game.

Greendale @ Greenfield (Varsity Reserve)The final score would be Greenfield 6 - Greendale 0. In looking at this game, the Panthers just make too many mistakes that could have put themselves in a position to win. At this point, it's also starting to look like there might be a confidents' problem too. Hopefully they can settle down and get that back for they will finally be able to play a home game for once as they will host Pius next Monday afternoon the 10th. The game is scheduled to start at 5:30pm.

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Varsity    

Panther Young Guns Out Shoot The Hawks
R. A. Mattrisch - 8/31/12

Greendale at Greenfield (Varsity)Nothing beats Friday nights and a high school football game. Two neighboring communities with an historic rivalry can make that game even better. That was the story as the Panthers from Greendale took the 5 minute trip north to play the Hustlin Hawks of Greenfield. Even though the shades of green are different, the game remains the same. At the end of the game, it would be the young guns wearing the Kelly Green taking it to the Forest Green team as Greendale won easily over Greenfield by a score of 42-3 in what was a rather lopsided game. The game started out as though it was going to be a battle as both teams were feeling each other out, but then the Panthers and their high powered offense led by sophomore quarterback Josh Ringelberg took control and never looked back. Greenfield on the other hand spent most of the night self destructing as they committed 5 turnovers, which usually is a recipe for disaster. The Hawks have not beaten Greendale since 2003 so nothing would have been more rewarding then for Greenfield to stop that trend.

The Panthers would receive first to start the game. After a nice little return, Greendale would begin their first drive of the game from their 30. The Hawks sure looked like they did their homework as they stuffed Greendale forcing them to punt going 3 and out.

After the kick, it would now be Greenfield's turn for their first drive of the night. They would be lining their wishbone offense up on their 32. Behind a huge offensive line, they would squeeze off 6-plays before eventually being forced to punt back to the Panthers.

Greendale at Greenfield (Varsity)With the help of a penalty on the return, Greendale found themselves starting on their own 10-yard line. The Hawks continued where they left off as they stuffed the first two running plays of Greendale. Then it started! The Panthers busted out their revered passing attack behind the arm of Josh Ringelberg who guided the team the entire length of the field for the game's first score on a 4-yard run by running back Jake Zywicki. This would cap off an impressive 12-play 90-yard drive. Senior Peter Pekar would convert the point after making the score 7-0 with 1:49 left in the 1st quarter.

After the ensuing kick, the Hawks would take over from their 18. They would resume their ground and pound game putting 8-plays together before eventually being forced to punt from their 49.

Greendale at Greenfield (Varsity)After a nice punt by Greenfield's Joey Hannah, Greendale would again find themselves pinned deep as they would begin this drive from their own 5. Right off the bat, Greendale would go to the air as Ringelberg would find sophomore wide out Cody Kmetz for a huge 85-yard pass play taking the ball all the way to Greenfield's 10. Two plays later, Ringelberg would connect with junior Mitchell Brees for an 8-yard scoring strike. Pekar made his kick and Greendale now increased their lead to a score of 14-0 with 9:18 left in the 1st half.

After the Hawk's return, they would find themselves starting from their 12. This time instead of their ground and pound game, they decided to take to the air. They would end up having to punt going 3 and out as all of the passes fell incomplete.

Ringelberg would now lead his offense back out onto the field and start from Greenfield's 47. This time Panther Head Coach Rob Stoltz would elect to keep it on the ground as Ringelberg and Zwicki would share the work load. Six plays later, Greendale ended up in the end zone again as Zywicki would carry it in from 1-yard out. Pekar's kick sailed between the uprights as the Panthers forged ahead by a score of 21-0 with 6:05 left in the half.

Greendale at Greenfield (Varsity)On the ensuing kick, Greenfield looked to have a decent return but a penalty would cancel that out forcing them to have to start from their own 15. This time the Hawks looked like they got the party started on offense. That would come to an abrupt end for on their 7th play of the drive, they would be intercepted by freshmen linebacker Tristian Pipp who returned it 32-yards to the Greenfield 33.

Five plays later, Ringelberg would take it himself from 3-yards out for Greendale's 4th touchdown of the game. This time the kick would be blocked making the score 27-0 with just 1:27 left in the half.

The Hawks would find themselves starting from their 20 by way of a touchback on the kick. Looking to get some points on the board before half, things started out good as their quarterback would keep it on an option and found himself racing down the field for a nice 40-yard run, but disaster would strike as a Panther defender knocked the ball lose of which Greendale's David Michaels would recover on his 40-yard line.

Greendale at Greenfield (Varsity)With 1:14 left in the 1st half, Greendale would take to the field to see if they could reach the end zone one more time. Knowing that time was short, Greendale would elect to fill the air with footballs. Six plays later, Ringelberg would find yet another weapon in his arsenal in Nate Miller over the middle for a 31-yard scoring strike. The Panthers would line up for 2 for the extra point of which was converted as Ringelberg would take it himself. The score would now read 35-0 with :15 seconds left in the first half.

The Hawks would run 1-play before the half finally came to an end.

Greendale at Greenfield (Varsity)Looking at a 35-point deficit to start the 2nd half, the Hawks knew that they had their work cut out for them. They first needed to stop the running clock because they would need all of it to get back in this game. After the Panther kick, they would start their quest from their 20-yard line. Three plays later, however, disaster would hit them as they fumbled of which Brees would recover for Greendale.

Looking at a short 33-yard field, Greendale would begin their first drive of the 2nd half. This time, It would only take them 5-plays to reach pay dirt as Ringelberg would take it in from 6-yards out. Pekar would make the kick making the score a rather lopsided 42-0 with 7:34 left in the 3rd quarter.

With the clock ticking away, Greenfield would begin their next drive from their 23. This time they would string together 9-plays taking the ball all the way to Greendale's 20 before looking at a 4th and long. In an attempt to get some kind of points on the board, they would bring their field goal unit out on the field to attempt a 27-yarder. Hannah's kick would sail wide left resulting in Greendale taking over possession of the football on their 20.

Greendale at Greenfield (Varsity)Backup quarterback David Wood was now in for Greendale. The Panthers would run 2-plays before misconnecting on a handoff resulting in Greendale's only turnover of the game.

That turnover would cost the Panthers 3-points as the Hawks would have to settle for a 30-yard field goal by Hannah making the score 42-3 with 10:00 now left in the game.

After the ensuing kick, Greendale would bring their 2nd offense back out on the field. They would eventually be forced to punt back to the Hawks.

When it rains, it pours as Greenfield would fumble on their first play giving the ball right back to the Panthers on the Hawk's 29.

Greendale would end up turning the ball over on downs at Greenfield's 22.

With the game clock at 3:32, The Hawks would attempt to make one last ditch effort to add to their total. Unfortunately, that would not happen for on their 4th play of the drive, they would fumble for the 4th time in the game. Greendale would not even need to run a play as the clock finally came to rest at zeros.

The final score would be, Greendale 42 - Greenfield 3. In the end, it all came down to execution and turnovers. Greendale's young guns executed their offense perfectly committing just one turn over while Greenfield had trouble making plays to keep drives alive and committed 5 turnovers. Greendale will now move to 2-0 while Greenfield drops to 0-2. Next week The Panthers will finally return home to host Pius IX while Greenfield will take to the road to play Whitnall. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:00pm.

Photos by Chuck Cairns

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Chuck Cairns Flicke siteFor those who want to see more of Chuck Cairns' pictures from this game, click here to visit his Flickr website. Chuck is the Greendale Panther Touchdown Club's official game photographer. He has been with the GPTC since its inception and enjoys taking live action shots of sporting events.

 

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Freshmen    

Panthers Stalk - Then Pounce
R. A. Mattrisch - 8/30/12

Greenfield @ Greendale (Freshmen)The Greendale freshmen enjoyed another home game Thursday as they would entertain the Greenfield Hawks. Greendale won last week while the Hawks tied against Pewaukee. After what was a slow uneventful start by both teams, Greendale finally pounced and never looked back as they had their way with the Hawks 48-7. At first, both teams were exchanging punts but then the Panthers started making plays while Greenfields inability to move the sticks led to their demise.

Greendale would get the ball first to start the game. They weren't able to get the necessary 10-yards so they were forced to punt going 3 and out. In fact, both teams had to punt on their first 2 offensive possessions.

Greendale finally put together a monster 10-play 89-yard scoring drive as quarterback Mike Jankowiak would sneak it in from 2-yards out. Ray Gutierrez would kick the extra point making the score 7-0 with 1:12 left in the 1st quarter of play.

Greenfield @ Greendale (Freshmen)The Hawks would get the ball back and start from their 33. This drive took the game into the 2nd quarter. Three plays later, they would fumble of which Greendale's Jacob Debelak would scoop up and scamper 42-yards to the end zone for Greendale's 2nd touchdown of the game. Gutierrez kick was true making the score 14-0 with 9:47 left in the 2nd quarter.

The Hawks who were struggling on offense put 3-plays together before fumbling once again. Debelak would again come up with it for Greendale at their 32.

Greenfield @ Greendale (Freshmen)The Panthers would finally crack the game wide open for on their first play following the fumble recovery, Jankowiak would keep it on an option and streak 68-yards for the Panther's third score of the afternoon. Gutierrez would split the uprights once again making the score 21-0 with 8:29 left in the 1st half.

The Hawks would only manage 5-plays before punting and pinning the cats deep on their 6-yard line. It would only take Greendale 7-plays to scale the home turf for a score as Debelak would take a pitch around the left side and scamper in from 15-yards out. This time Gutierrez would miss his kick wide left making the score 27-0 with 3:38 remaining in the 1st half.

Greenfield would finally reach pay dirt on their next drive as they would score on a sneak from 1-yard out capping off a 6-play 61-yard drive. They would convert the kick making the score 27-7 with 2:34 still left in the half.

The Panthers would not flinch for on their next drive, Jankowiak would again keep it on a option and reach the end zone from 13-yards out finishing a 5-play 67-yard drive. Gutierrez would make this kick-putting the score at 34-7 with :20 seconds still left in the 1st half.

Greenfield @ Greendale (Freshmen)The Hawks would come back with a long return but their offense did not have enough time to do anything as the clock would final run out.

Things would quiet down for the 3rd quarter as both teams could not sustain any sort of drive. It wasn't until there was :20 seconds left when Jankowiak found Kennedy Steinberg wide open for a 22-yard scoring strike. Gutierrez made the extra point try making the score 41-7 as the 3rd quarter came to an end.

Greenfield @ Greendale (Freshmen)Things were just not going very well for the Hawks for on their very first play after the ensuing kick, they would fumble of which Greendale's Ryan Murphy recovered on the Panther 48.

Five plays later, Panther running back Mitch Garcia would score from 16-yards out for Greendale's 7th touchdown of the game. Gutierrez was true on his kick and the score would now read 48-7 with 7:32 left in the game.

Greenfield @ Greendale (Freshmen)Greenfield would touch the ball twice and Greendale once before the game finally came to an end. The final score would be Greendale 48 - Greenfield 7. The big difference in this game was the ability to make plays on offense. Greendale with their spread offense had a lot more success versus Greenfield and their wishbone option offense. Greendale will now go to 2-0 and will hit the road to take on Pius XI next Thursday. The game is scheduled to start at 5:30pm.

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Varsity Reserve    

Still Can't Get Out Of First Gear!
R. A. Mattrisch - 8/27/12

Greendale @ South Milwaukee (Varsity Reserve)With Mother Nature providing another perfect night for a football game, the Greendale varsity reserves would find themselves on the road again against the Rockets of South Milwaukee. Both teams showed up with good numbers, which is a good indicator of how the football programs are doing. Both teams seemed evenly match size wise but in the end, it was Greendale's missed opportunities, mistakes, and their inability to make plays when they needed too that lead to their demise as they would fall short to the Rockets by a score of 20-12.

Greendale started the game first on offense. After a few no gains and looking at 3rd and 10, the Panther coaching staff called for a screen pass. It wasn't executed as one would think for the ball was first snapped over quarterback David Wood's head so he had to turn around and track it down. Once he got it, he had to throw it right away because defenders were almost on top of him. He somehow managed to get it to his running back Jake Hagmayer who then zigzagged his way 67-yards for a Panther touchdown. The extra point try was wide to the left so the score would be 6-0 with 9:06 left in the first quarter. So far, so good!

Greendale @ South Milwaukee (Varsity Reserve)After the ensuing kick, South Milwaukee would find themselves starting from their 46. They would put a 10-play drive together and score on a 16-yard pass play. The extra point kick was blocked by Greendale so the score would end up tied 6-6 with 4:55 left in the 1st quarter.

Things now settled into a defensive battle. Greendale would end up going 3 and out and then the Rockets would hook up a 6-play drive eventually giving the ball up on downs on Greendale's 35. Greendale came back with a nice ball controlling 10-play drive before Wood would be intercepted at the Rocket 9-yard line.

South Milwaukee would go 3 and out and was forced to punt. After the kick, Greendale was in good shape at the Rocket's 39. It seemed that the Panther offense was on another nice drive but on the 9th play Wood was intercepted again at the 5 by South Milwaukee and returned to the 33.

Greendale @ South Milwaukee (Varsity Reserve)Greendale's defense was not to be out done for they forced the Rockets to punt going 3 and out.

Greendale would start this drive on their 35 after the kick. They ran 3-plays and looked to have scored on a 20-yard touchdown pass, but it was called back on a holding penalty. They would eventually turn the ball over on downs at the Rocket 30.

South Milwaukee would have to punt after 5-plays and Greendale would get off 3-plays before the 1st half came to an end. The score would be tied at 6 apiece.

The Panthers would be kicking to start the 2nd half. The Rockets would begin their first drive on the half from their 39. It was pretty much the same as the first half as Greendale's defense forced the rockets to punt going 3 and out.

Greendale @ South Milwaukee (Varsity Reserve)Greendale would start their first drive of the half on their 37. The Panthers looked to have a little something going, but they would fall to yet another turnover as they fumbled on the Rocket's 30-yard line.

It was here where South Milwaukee decided to stay on the ground and play football. They put a huge 20-play scoring drive together that took the game into the 4th quarter. They would eventually score on a 1-yard sneak and then followed that up with a failed 2-point try attempt to make the score 12-6 with 6:19 left in the game. On that drive, Greendale almost stopped them on a 4th down passing play but the ball would slip out of the hands of a Panther defender and then fall in the hands of a Rocket receiver to keep the drive alive.

When it rains it pours for on the Greendale's very first play following the kick, a Rocket defender got across the line real quick and broke up a pitch causing a scrum for the ball of which South Milwaukee would recover.

Greendale @ South Milwaukee (Varsity Reserve)With the lead and time running out, all the Rockets need to do was put another time consuming drive together to end this game. Low n' behold, the Panthers weren't the only ones having trouble with the ball for 5-plays later, the Rockets fumbled giving the Panthers a chance to tie or go ahead with 3:34 left in the game.

On the very first play, the Panthers found themselves in Rocket territory on a long run. On the next play, however, Wood threw another pass that fell into the wrong hands and was returned all the way to the Panther 27. Four plays later, South Milwaukee score again running it in from 5-yards out. The try for 2-pts was good making the score 20-6 with 1:26 left in the game.

After the kick, Greendale would start from their 36-yard line. They put 9-plays together before Wood finally connected with Brad Lachman on a 10-yards slant pass for a score. The try for 2 failed making the score 20-12 with just :09 seconds left in the game.

Greendale @ South Milwaukee (Varsity Reserve)The Panthers tried an on-side kick that failed so the Rockets would get the ball near midfield. They would take a knee to finally end the game.

Greendale would fall short for the 2nd week in a row losing to the Rockets by a score of 20-12. The biggest issues that the Panthers will need to correct are the turnovers, catching the ball, and the tackling. Rest assured that the coaches will do that and get their team ready for next week as they will travel to Greenfield to take on the Hawks. That game is scheduled to start at 5:30pm.

 

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Varsity    

Surprise... Surprise!
R. A. Mattrisch - 8/24/12

Greendale @ South Milwaukee (Varsity)For a coach, one of the biggest things about the start of a new high school football season is finding out how your team will be. You can't rely on last year anymore because a lot of faces have changed. Coming into this year, the Panthers would only have 9 seniors, which is somewhat low by normal standards. As a result, that meant there would be a lot of younger players that will have to fill the shoes left behind by last year's seniors. By default, these players would also lack varsity experience. Well someone must have forgotten to tell those younger players that for they came out and executed a game plan to a tee. Not just here or there but for the entire game. In fact, it looked liked they were all seniors as they took it to the hosting South Milwaukee rather handedly by a score of 38-12 in the opening game of the 2012 high school football season.

Probably one of the biggest motivating factors for these younger players is the tradition that has been built over the past several years at Greendale. They know that Panther football is taken serious and is played at a high level. These guys also know that they don't want to be the ones to break that tradition. As a result of this victory, Greendale is now on their way to another conference winning streak as the have won the last 15 games in a row. The previous longest streak was 28 games, which was started in 2006 and was finally snapped by New Berlin Eisenhower in 2008.

Greendale would receive first to start the game. After the return, sophomore quarterback Josh Ringelberg would confidently walk on to the field for his varsity debut. It didn't take long for Ringelberg to show what he's got for he guided the Panther offense on a flawless 9-play 88-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 20-yard run off of left tackle by newcomer Jake Zywicki who will be lining up in the backfield for Greendale this year. Peter Pekar would convert the extra point try and just like that, Greendale was on top 7-0 with 8:33 left in the opening quarter of play.

After the kick, it would now be time for the coaches to see what they had on defense. Well I got to believe that they liked what they saw as they forced the Rockets to punt going 3 and out.

Greendale @ South Milwaukee (Varsity)The Panther offense would now take to the field once again. With a clever mix of the run and the pass... yes pass because after all this is Greendale we're talking about, they found themselves in the end zone once again on a 45-yard run by Zywicki capping off a 6-play 68-yard drive. Pekar made his kick and the Panthers now found themselves leading by a score of 14-0 with 4:08 still left in the 1st.

Things weren't as bright for the Rockets for on their very first play after the kick, they would fumble the ball of which Greendale's Allan Dunday would recover.

Looking at a goal line that was only 33-yards away, Ringelberg would line his boys up for their next drive. The Panthers managed to squeeze off 9-plays before looking at a 4th down. Instead of going for it, they would bring out the field goal unit to attempt a 24-yard field goal. On the snap of the ball, they would run a fake instead that didn't work too well as the pitch was fumbled resulting in their first turnover on downs in the game.

The Rockets would start deep in their own territory. They put together a 7-play drive before fumbling once again of which Greendale's Mike Pulizos recovered.

Greendale @ South Milwaukee (Varsity)With the ball resting on the Rocket's 43, the Panther offence would take over. Six plays later, Zywicki would pound it in from 9-yards out for Greendale's third touchdown of the game. Pekar split the uprights and the Panthers were getting close to blowing this game wide open by a score of 21-0 with 7:40 left in the 1st half.

South Milwaukee would now get the ball back and attempt to get something going. They strung 8-plays together before Greendale's Mitchell Brees intercepted the ball and returned it to the Panther's 33-yard line.

On this Panther position, they found themselves in the end zone real quick as Zywicki took a handoff and scampered 65-yards to the end zone, but the play would be called back on a holding penalty. That didn't seem to affect Greendale's resolve for on the very next play, Ringelberg would complete a 40-yard pass to Brees taking the ball all the way to the Rocket 15. Three plays later, Ringelberg would take it himself up the middle and score from 10-yards out. Pekar was true again and Greendale now has officially blown this game wide open by a score of 28-0 with 1:51 left in the half.

Greendale @ South Milwaukee (Varsity)The Panther defense forced the Rockets to punt and then took a knee to finish out the remainder of the 1st half.

South Milwaukee would get the ball first to start the 2nd half. The black cat's defense picked up right where they left off forcing them to punt going 3 and out.

After a poor punt, Greendale would take over at midfield. Seven plays later, Ringelberg would take it up the middle from 3-yards out for Greendale's 5th touchdown of the evening. Pekar made the kick and the score was now 35-0, which is enough to start a running clock based on the mercy rule.

South Milwaukee was not going to go away. They started their next drive on their 41. This time they finally managed to reach the end zone as Rocket quarterback Justin Oliden scamper in from 7-yards out. The extra point kick was smoothed by Greendale so the score would end up 35-6 with 2:26 left in the 3rd quarter. Because of the Rocket's score, the clock would return to normal operating rules.

Greendale @ South Milwaukee (Varsity)Greendale would find themselves starting on their 30 for their next drive. They sewed together 8-plays before looking at a 4th down on their 14. They would call on Pekar to attempt the field goal. After the ball was kicked, it would end up sailing through the uprights for a 29-yard field goal. The score was now 38-6 with 10:45 left in the game.

Greendale's defense forced another punt as the Rockets would go 3 and out.

At this point in time, Greendale's coaching staff was now starting to filter in their number 2 players. After exchanging a position, Greendale would finally make one of their few mistakes of the evening as quarterback David Wood would miss his mark on a pitch giving the ball back to the Rockets on Greendale's 25.

South Milwaukee would find the end zone 3-plays later as Oliden connected with wide out Evan Marlowe for a 11-yard scoring pass. The try for 2 failed making the score 38-12 with 6:06 left in the game.

Greendale @ South Milwaukee (Varsity)The Panthers would take over and soon found themselves punting going 3 and out.

The Rockets would then run 7-plays before Jack Ringelberg intercepted the ball in the end zone stopping the Rockets in their tracks.

Each team would touch the ball one more time before the clock finally ran out.

The final score would be, Greendale 38 - South Milwaukee 12. One has to think that the Panther coaches were very please as to what they saw with their young team. There were a few mistakes but for the most part, the execution was their on offense and the swarming and tackling was their on defense. Greendale will now travel to Greenfield next Friday to take on the Hawks. The Hawks were talked about as being one of the teams to watch out for but that didn't pan out as they lost to Pewaukee 27-0. Don't let that fool you for I would imagine that they might be a little upset about that and will come out with guns blazing next Friday night. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00pm.

Photos courtesy of Dan Herrmann

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Pictures were not available due to a scheduling conflict with our GPTC photographer.

 

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Varsity Reserve    

1st Half Good! - 2nd Half Not So Good!
R. A. Mattrisch - 8/23/12

2012 Varsity Reserve - Greendale @ Brown DeerThe 2012 Greendale Varsity Reserve would get their season started by traveling up to Brown deer for a conference crossover game. This would be their first test to see just what they have under the hood. When looking at both teams, Greendale diffidently out numbered Brown Deer but Brown Deer clearly out weighed Greendale. That sets up a scenario of quickness versus brawn. After the clock finally stopped ticking for the night, it would be the brawn that persevered as Brown Deer would come out on top 20-6.

Greendale started out fast and furious on the game's opening offensive drive by hurting the Falcons through the air. It only took them 6-plays to cross 80-yards of football field and score as quarterback David Wood would complete a 19-yard touchdown pass to Zack Schultz for the game's first score. The snap was botched on the extra point try so the score would be 6-0 Greendale with 8:17 left in the first quarter.

Things then went in a defensively direction for the rest of the 1st quarter as both teams could not sustain any kind of a drive and ended up punting twice to each other.

2012 Varsity Reserve - Greendale @ Brown DeerIn the second quarter things got very interesting. Greendale stalled out and was forced to punt the ball away. The Falcons had decent field position as they would take over on their 45. Up until now, the Panther's defense was doing a nice job and forced Brown Deer to punt again as they went 3 and out. On the punt play, the snap was botched and the punter picked the ball up and scrambled 14-yards, which was enough for a first down. Then things got strange. Seven plays later, the Falcons attempted a pass from Greendale's 20-yard line. The Panthers came up huge with an interception at the 1-yard line but an official threw a flag saying the Greendale interfered with the Brown Deer receiver, which was very questionable so as a result, the interception would not stand. Then the ultimate foo-pah. The officials put the ball on the 1-yard line where the interference occurred, which was incorrect. They must have been thinking NFL rules or something. The Panther coaches were doing their best to let them know that it's supposed to be a 10-yard penalty and an automatic firstdown but that fell on deaf ears. Nonetheless, the Panthers were lining up their defense in their own end zone. On the very next play, the Falcons looked to have scored on a sweep but another flag appeared at the line of scrimmage. This time Brown Deer would be called for holding so the score would not count and they would be backed up 10-yards to boot. The rejuvenated Panther defense came back to life for on 4th down, Jake Feinas would intercept the ball in the end zone, but in his desire to make a play, he tried to run out of the end zone and was tackled on the 1 instead of falling down in the end zone for the touchback, which would have resulted in the ball being placed on the 20.

2012 Varsity Reserve - Greendale @ Brown DeerWith about 1 minute left before the half, Panther coach Keith Ringelberg, who calls the plays, decided to go skyward with his quarterback. They almost pulled off what would have been a monster drive for it only took Greendale 6-plays to get to Brown Deer's 15 before the clock finally ran out. The score at the half would be Greendale 6 - Brown Deer 0.

2012 Varsity Reserve - Greendale @ Brown DeerThe 2nd half took on a different flavor for Greendale. A flavor of miscues and poor tackling, which was the opposite of the 1st half.

The Falcons would get the ball first to start the 2nd half. They ended up putting a 9-play drive together with the help of a lot of Panther miss tackles. Finally it appeared that Greendale stopped them on the 12-yard line, which would have been huge, but a roughing the passer against Greendale gave the Falcons new life. Needless to say, it only took 2-plays for Brown Deer to finally reach the end zone as they would take it up the middle from 3-yards out. The extra point kick was good making the score 7-6 in favor of Brown Deer with 5:27 left in the 3rd quarter.

2012 Varsity Reserve - Greendale @ Brown DeerThe Panthers would have to punt after 8-plays setting the Falcons up on their 25 after the kick. Seven plays later, one of the Falcon running backs scored from 47-yards out on a play that reminded me of watching the Keystone Cops. The Panthers had numerous opportunities to make a tackle but they either missed of just plain slipped off. The Falcons would try for 2 and fail so the score was now 13-6 in favor of Brown Deer with 1:14 left in the 3rd quarter.

Then another major Panther miscue on the following kick would occur as they fumbled giving the ball back to the Falcons on Greendale's 25. Brown Deer would score on the very next play as they complete a 25-yard pass play for the score. The extra point kick was good and Greendale now found themselves trailing by a score of 20-6 with under a minute left in the 3rd.

2012 Varsity Reserve - Greendale @ Brown DeerThe rest of the game went back and fourth. The Greendale pass attack that was working on all cylinders in the 1st half was now struggling in the 2nd half as balls were being dropped or over thrown. It was also apparent that the larger Brown Deer offensive line wore down Greendale and pretty much controlled the line of scrimmage and the time of possession for the half.

The game would finally end as Greendale would take one on the chin by a score of 20-6. They will need to shake that off and in a hurry because in 4 days, they will have to travel to South Milwaukee to play the Rockets. That game is scheduled to begin at 5:30pm.

 

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Meet the 2012 Captains!

The 2012 Captains

The Panther Captains
(L-clockwise) David Michaels, Peter Pekar, Mike Scheidt, Mike Pulizos, Jesse Johnston, Sam Bryan

These 6 gentlemen will wear the captain stars for the 2012 football team. To meet the rest of the team, click here.

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This Year's Seniors

2012 Greendale Panther seniors

The Greendale Panther Seniors
(L-R) Sam Bryan, Gaelan Seibold, David Michaels, Mike Pulizos, Peter Pekar, Brandon Hart, Mike Scheidt,
Adam Gamroth, Jesse Johnston

There aren't many but they are good. These guys will be the ones to lead the way for this year's Greendale Panther football squad. The season will begin on August 24th as the Panthers will travel to South Milwaukee. The game will begin at 7:00pm.

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Greendale Football Practices Begin!
- R.A. Mattrisch 7/8/12

Opening day of practice at Carroll University.

The entire Greendale squad begins practice at Carroll University.

As soon as I got out of work, I changed, grabbed my camera, jumped in my car, at took the 20 minute drive west out to Waukesha where Carroll University (not College anymore) is located. When I got there, it became obvious to me what the catch phrase that head coach Rob Stoltz selected for this year was because it was printed on the back of all of the player's t-shirts. That word is "Command".

Command: (Transitive verb)
1: to direct authoritatively
2: to exercise a dominating influence over. to have command.
3: to dominate, as if from an elevated place.

Ah yes... the time has finally arrived! Those first days of football practice called two-a-days! These practices are usually a lot more grueling because the coaches are not just trying to put in the schemes, X's & O's, they're also trying to get the players into physical shape. It's pretty much a given that if you asked a player if they like two-a-days, 99.999% of them will respond "NO"!

The last several years, the Panther coaching staff has used Carroll University and their facilities to kickoff the pre-season practice season. This helps the guys to concentrate better, gives them a chance to bond, gives them a little different atmosphere to hang out in away from home, and it gives them a little taste of what college life is like. They would practice two full days-staying over night just the one night. After that, they will return home and resume practices on Greendale's artificial turf field.

The coaches were very excited to get under way. There is a lot of work that needs to be done before the first game so they will be practicing twice a day all the way up until that first game on August 24 against South Milwaukee.

On August 17th, Greendale will be heading down to Kenosha Tremper for their annual 4-team scrimmage that they have been doing for the last 35 or more years. That scrimmage is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm.

For more pictures of training camp, click here.

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Greendale's Representatives For This Year's WFCA All-State Game

Kennedy Ringelberg, Coach Ringelberg and Matt Pulizos at the All-Star game this year.

(L to R) Kennedy Ringelberg, Greendale Coach Keith Ringelberg and Matt Pulizos

On July 29th, the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) held their annual All-Star games at Titan Stadium on the grounds of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. They have one game for divisions 4-7 and one game for divisions 1-3. Each game has a north and south representative. Each team had a total of 46 players from with in that particular region.

This year, the south won both games. The division 4-7 game score was 25-17 and the division 1-3 game score was 37-0. Playing on the south team were two Greendale Panthers. Kennedy Ringelberg and Matt Pulizos. Ringelberg played at tight end of which he went 2-2 on catches for a total of 31-yards. Pulizos played quite a bit at left offensive tackle. This would be the last time that they will ever play a high school football game. Ringelberg will be heading to UW Madison this fall while Pulizos will be heading to Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. Matt is planning on playing football.

To see the complete game summary, click here.

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WISCO Passing League

WISCO Passing LeagueThe Panther perimeter players were out dusting off the rust as they participated in this year's passing league sponsored by Wisconsin Lutheran College. It's more or less a 7 on 7 pick up game of which both teams can work on the various skills of their trade.

They have one more night this coming Sunday 6/24 at 9:00pm. If you have nothing to do and want to get out of the house for a little taste of Panther football, by all means head out to Wisconsin Lutheran College to support the local team.

For more pictures, click here.

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Graduation Day at the "G"

Football players and fellow students punch out of GHS for the last time.
R.A. Mattrisch - 6/10/12

Tossing of the hats.

You couldn't ask for a better day then what this year's graduating seniors had to collect their diplomas. The place was Gavinski Stadium, the event was Greendale High School's senior graduation ceremony. 217 students sat on the turf waiting anxiously as they were about to move on to the next phase in their lives. In the stands were all of the families and friends as they endured 90 degree heat that was accompanied by a welcoming breeze.

Usually a graduating class will have at least one valedictorian, which is an honor given to a student or students that have achieved the highest academic mark in the class. This year, Greendale High School had 8 valedictorians, which is quite an accomplishment. Two of those valedictorians just so happened to have played on this past season's football team.

 

Keneddy RingelbergTight end and safety Kennedy Ringelberg speaking at this year's graduation ceremony. Kennedy will be attending the University of Wisconsin Madison next year.

 

Sebastian Garcia-BankowskiOffensive running back and linebacker Sebastian Garcia Bankowski also spoke at this year's ceremony. Sebastian will be attending Stanford University next year.

Stands on Graduation Day

Congratulations guys and congratulations to all of this year's graduating seniors. Good luck with all of your future endeavors.

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WAKE UP! ... Summer Is Here!

Football players help getting things ready for the summer. R.A. Mattrisch - 5/24/12

It's time to fire up the website once again for summer is finally here... hopefully to stay now for a while. It seemed like it was here early back in March but then things went south again for a while.

It won't be long now and the school year will finally come to an end. And with that, we'll be saying good-bye to this year's graduating seniors. That is always a bittersweet moment but that's how it works in high school. All I know is that they will be missed!

So as the weather finally becomes nice, it's time to spiff up the community of Greendale. It's all about keeping it looking nice and neat for the up and coming months. As part of a promise that was made when donations were sought for the new field, Panther football players would have to donate their time to help with some community service projects around the area. This year is no exception.

Several of the players helped out with the Garden Project at Greendale High School. These volunteers helped during their free time after school by moving mulch, digging post holes, and rearranging the garden.  They are Ahmad Abidalrahim, Nate Miller, Chad Newton, Jake Maxwell, and Heath Cone.

Football players doing some community service

Football players doing some community service

Football players doing some community service

Football players doing some community service

Soon it won't be long when the summer leagues and camps start up. Stay tuned for we will cover it all for you just has we have been for the last 6 years.

Welcome back everybody!

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Greendale May Have It's First Badger!
R.A. Mattrisch - 4/25/12

Brett NetheryThe funny thing about life is that it can be very unpredictable at times. Things change for whatever reason-sometimes for the good, and sometimes for the bad. In this case it is for the good. No WAIT!... it's for the GREAT! I've been around Greendale football for many many years and I don't believe that we have ever had a player move on and play for the University of Wisconsin Badgers. If there was, it had to be in the leather helmet days.

At one point in time, Greendale's Brett Nethery was all set to wear purple for the Warhawks of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Then coaches talk, they get ahold of some video, and WHAM! Out of the clear blue, Brett gets a phone call from the Badger's coaching staff.

To make a long story-short, they heard about his punting skills. At this point, the Badgers are in desperate need for some punters with the recent graduation of Brad Nortman. UWM is bringing in two punters this year in hopes that one will stand out and be their guy.

Brett NetheryThrough a lot of hard work both during the season and the offseason, Brett has developed his skills above and beyond normal when it comes to high school standards. That only means that he can now be considered a legitimate college punter. He got that way through special kicking camps that were held throughout the United States. Perhaps the most famous one of all is the Kohl's Kicking Camp. Here he was taught the intricacies and techniques needed to gain that extra distance and more important then that, bring up his hang time. The staff at the camp are well connected and are responsible for producing many famous kickers of which some are still punting today in the pros. It was a combination of these camps and his outside work ethic that has bought himself enough attention to merit being asked to join a college team.

Nethery, was one of the team captains this past year for the Greendale Panthers. He finished his career with numerous accolades that include; All-Woodland Conference 1st Team (unanimous) at punter for 2011, Honorable Mention All Woodland Conference in 2010 at punter, Honorable Mention 2011 Woodland Conference at wide receiver, and 1st Team Now Newspapers All-Suburban team for 2011.

Wisconsin Badger helmetBrett will be a preferred walk-on this year. A lot of things have to happen yet for him to be afforded the opportunity to kick on Saturday afternoons. Nonetheless, this is an amazing opportunity. When I talked to him, all he said was, "All I want is a shot. If it works out, great! If it doesn't, I'm still at one of the best universities around to continue my college education." Brett is the son of Tim & Becky and has one brother Kyle who is attending the University of Wisconsin-Plattville.

On behalf of the Greendale Panther Touchdown Club and Panther football fans everywhere, we want to wish him great success. We will make every attempt to keep you all up to date as to how things are going.

Congratulations Brett and good luck!

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An Experience to Remember!
R.M. Mattrisch - 4/9/12

WFCA logoPlaying high school football is not only fun, but rewarding in many ways too. For some individuals it can be even more rewarding. Who would know better than seniors Kennedy Ringelberg and Matt Pulizos who were selected to the WFCA All-State Team. This is a team that is selected strictly by the state's high school football coaches and probably carries more weight than the various media polls because the media polls have a tendency to gauge their picks based on popularity. The coaches base their choices on abilities, stats, and communications between each other.

This All-Star Team represents players from all over the state. They will then be divided geography to for 2 teams, a north and a south team. They will then gather to practice 1 week prior to the game that will be played on July 14th of this year. This game will be played at Titian Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Lambeau FieldAnother part of this whole experience was the WFCA All-State Banquet that was held this past January. This banquet was part of an entire weekend that was put together to honor those who were selected to this high honor. It was held at the Atrium inside Lambeau Field home of the Green Bay Packers.

The whole weekend started Saturday evening with a special tour of the hall of fame along with a behind the scenes look at the whole Packer facility including the locker rooms. All family members were included.

Afterwards, everyone was invited for dinner at Curley's Pub on the 2nd level of the Atrium where the players were also given special cards for all of the interactive games they have there. Sunday is when they held the actual banquet on the Atrium's main floor.

The Ringelberg family at the banquet

The WFCA also gives out 11 scholarships to players based on their abilities both on the field and in the classroom. It just so happened that our own Kennedy Ringelberg received one of those scholarships. By earning that scholarship, Kennedy will have a plaque with his picture on it displayed in a case right in the Atrium for one full year.

I have to believe that this was one awesome weekend for the Ringelberg family.

Kennedy receiving award

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Plaque of Kennedy

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University Wisconsin-Whitewater Bound!

Drake BarczakWe were just informed that another Greendale Panther has committed to play football in college. After some heavy recruiting, linebacker Drake Barczak has made his decision to attend college and play football for the University Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks. He was contacted several times and was invited to visit the campus. The Whitewater staff is planning on having him play at the outside linebacker position.

Barczak, who was one of the captains this past year finished the 2011 and 2010 season with All-Woodland Conference 1st Team honors as well as the 2011 Now Newspapers All-Suburban 1st Team at linebacker.

Congratulations Drake and good luck!

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Two Panthers Selected For The State's All-Star Game!

Kennedy RingelbergMatt PulizosSenior tight end, Kennedy Ringelberg, and senior offensive lineman, Matt Pulizos, have been selected to represent the South in the 2012 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game, held in Oshkosh, WI on July 14th. Ringelberg was the Woodland Conference-Black Offensive Player of the Year and a 1st Team All-State selection following the 2011 season, while Pulizos was Honorable Mention All-State, in addition to earning Lineman of the Year Honors in the conference.

This news came on the heels of Pulizos verbally committing to Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. The Division II school competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Pulizos had been offered an athletic scholarship to attend the prestigious private university. His visit to the campus earlier in January sealed his decision. Pulizos will join another former Panther, Noah Jankowski (2011 alum), on the football field for the Golden Bears.

Brandon KaisOn other news, senior offensive lineman, Brandon Kais, has verbally committed to continue his football career at UW-Oshkosh in the fall of 2012. The two-year starter and Honorable Mention All-Conference recipient will report to camp in August.

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