An adjustment in personnel forced by some adversity through injury resulted in a bit of a domino situation for the Whitefish Bay football team during Friday's opener against West Bend West.
And they all fell into place for the Blue Dukes, as their reloading season got off to a quick and efficient start with a 36-6 win over the Spartans.
"It was encouraging," Blue Dukes coach Jim Tietjen said. "We had to move around kids after the scrimmage because Teddy Weber (projected starting linebacker and guard) broke his leg and is out at least five weeks.
"So we took Luke Henricks and moved him from strong safety to linebacker and that allowed Tyler Terveer to move into his more natural spot at defensive end. We took Joe Sherburne and made him into a safety and took Turner DeMuth (who was originally going to be a combination quarterback/safety) and just made him a full-time quarterback.
"As a result, we got better from the scrimmage."
The Blue Dukes try to get better when they host Slinger at 7 p.m. Friday. The Owls were 49-0 winners over Whitnall in their opener Friday.
Bay took control right from the start against the Spartans on Friday, taking a 14-0 first quarter advantage on a 23-yard DeMuth to Sherburne pass and a 41-yard run by Jaren Walker. The TD pass was set up by what Tietjen called an "awesome play" by outside linebacker Dane Fleck, who tipped a pass into the air and then intercepted it.
The Blue Dukes TD pass followed on the very next play.
Bay added a one-yard TD run by DeMuth to make it 20-0 at the half.
The Blue Dukes never let the Spartans threaten until the waning minutes. They outgained West by a 355-97 margin as Walker added TD bursts of 27 and 70 yards. Walker would finish with an impressive 173 yards on 12 carries (14.4 yards per try). Ben Lehrmann added 45 yards on 12 carries and Sherburne finished with four catches for 50 yards.
"We want to work on carrying through our intensity to the end as we were a little disappointed that we gave up that touchdown at the end," Tietjen said, "but I thought our offense was explosive. Turner (DeMuth) was solid. He had his moments. He did what we expected. When we needed plays, he made plays."
Tietjen was also impressed with Bay's team speed, citing Adam Strehlow and Walker as particular examples. He was also happy with the offensive line.
"They're really coming together as a unit," he said. "They're working hard, trying to stay on their blocks. It was all good stuff."
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