BREAKING: Badgers dominate both sides of ball in first win
September 24, 2010 | 09:18 PM
"This game was won on Monday and Tuesday."
That's what Badger football coach Matt Hensler told his players Friday night after an impressive 28-13 victory, Badger's first of 2010, over Westosha Central in front of a packed home crowd. Badger improved to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the Southern Lakes Conference.
Hensler commended his guys for their hard work and dedication to winning that began with the first practice of the week.
Sophomore quarterback Peter Krien was elated to finally have the monkey off of the team's back.
"This was a long time coming," he said. "We almost forgot what it was like to win. It's a great feeling. I've been waiting for this (winning a varsity game) since I was in first grade. It's special for me, but it was a team win. We expected to steamroll a team once we got everyone clicking."
Badger racked up 324 total yards of offense while holding the Falcons to 178. In the first half, Central could only muster two yards on offense. But Badger only held a 7-0 lead into halftime.
The local boys were able to open up the playbook in the first half, as Krien connected with senior tailback Trevor York for a 26-yard score with 6:58 remaining in the second quarter.
But the running game has been this squad's money maker all year long. With a little over 10 minutes left in the third quarter, senior Mike McBride gave the Badgers a nice 14-0 cushion with a 10-yard touchdown sprint. McBride said it feels good to finally get a win, and he thought the defense came up big.
"We had flawless practices on Monday and Tuesday," said McBride, who celebrated a birthday Thursday. "Defensively, everyone was flying to the ball. We were very resilient."
As for the offense, McBride said it was the line that allowed for 233 rushing yards.
"The blocking was great," he said. "Without them doing everything right, we wouldn't have won this game."
The Falcons made it a game by quickly answering Badger's score with a 17-yard strike from Austin Damaschke to Aaron Fincher only two minutes after McBride's touchdown.
However, Badger came right back down the field with a solid drive, capped off by a three-yard Krien score with 6:10 left. The Badgers weren't out of the water, yet, as they needed a big defensive stand to seal the deal.
York obliged, picking off a ball thrown right to him on a fourth and long and returning it 30 yards to the Central one-yard line. McBride finished off the Falcons with a one-yard scoring run with three minutes left, putting the game out of reach at 28-7.
Badger showed a clear focus and continuity throughout the game. The home team only committed three penalties and had one turnover.
Hensler said his guys were more than prepared to win.
"I've been very impressed with our kids," he said. "Obviously, they've been very frustrated and disappointed with this start to the season. But they haven't showed that in practice. We had an unreal Monday and a terrific Tuesday and Thursday. They just continued to be focused every day. I was proud of them for not hanging their heads."
Hensler added that his players stepped up big when the game was on the line. He also credited the coaching staff.
"Because of our coaches' continued effort, the players are getting better," Hensler said. "I am very proud of the coaches for sticking with these guys and not short-changing them."
Overall, Hensler said his team just wanted to win more than Central.
"The feel from the sideline was that we were playing hard," he said. "We were blocking longer and doing the little things. We were aggressive and we were ready to move on offense and defense."
Krien passed for 91 yards and a touchdown and ran for 71 and a score. York tallied 118 total yards, including 67 receiving.
Badger will look to make it two straight wins next Friday at Elkhorn.
Badger 28, Westosha Central 13
WC 0 0 0 13 - 13
LG 0 7 0 21 - 28
LG - Trevor York 26 pass from Peter Krien (Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz kick), 6:58
LG - Mike McBride 10 run (Gruenwald-Schmitz kick), 10:12
WC - Aaron Fincher 17 pass from Austin Damaschke (kick good), 8:14
LG - Krien 3 run (Gruenwald-Schmitz kick), 6:10
LG - McBride 1 run (Gruenwald-Schmitz kick), 3:13
WC - Derek Jennings 45 fumble return, :00
Rushing - LG: Krien 22-71; York 9-51; Nathan Kendzior 15-42; Mike McBride 5-33; Rory Klean 3-21; Rolando Sandoval 1-15. WC: Austin Damaschke 24-54. Passing - LG: Krien 4-7, 91 yards, TD. WC: Damaschke 7-16, 97 yards, TD, INT. Receiving - LG: York 2-67; Eric Winger 1-20; Kendzior 1-4. WC: Jason Castona 5-71.