Bay gridders on right track after win over Lutheran
Blue Dukes take on tough Grafton on Thursday
Just what the doctor ordered.
After the frustrating loss to Germantown the week before, the Whitefish Bay football team needed a breather to re-group and re-center itself for the rest of the North Shore Conference season.
They got it with the surprisingly easy, 42-0, wipeout of Milwaukee Lutheran on Sept. 12.
"It was nice more for the coaching staff, than anything else" veteran Blue Dukes coach Jim Tietjen said. "The kids are pretty resilient about these things. We had a pretty fair week of preparation and we were ready. That was pretty good considering we lost a day of practice (because of the Thursday game)."
The Blue Dukes have another Thursday game in store for themselves this week, when they host a resurgent Grafton (1-1, 2-2) team at 7 p.m. The Blackhawks came precariously close to upsetting defending state Division 2 champion Homestead last week, falling in the last seconds, 35-28.
Facing good QB
Blackhawks quarterback Choo Weisflog riddled the Highlanders secondary for 278 passing yards and will be difficult to handle, Tietjen said.
"They were getting a real good push (with their offensive line)," Tietjen said. "They match up pretty well size-wise with just about anybody."
With both teams at 1-1 in league play and desperately trying to avoid a second conference loss, count on the intensity level to be high, Tietjen said.
The Blue Dukes came out intense vs. the Red Knights on Sept. 12. Rhashad Gray got into the offensive mix this week in a big way, emulating his now-graduated brother Rashadeem's work with a pair of first quarter touchdown runs of 32 and 25 yards, respectively.
"We wanted to see if we could Rhashad involved more," Tietjen said. "He broke off some nice runs."
Big quarter seals the deal
The Blue Dukes then buried the needled in the second quarter, scoring four more TDs.
Ben Lehrmann ran it in from five yards out just as the period started and a little more than a minute later, the defense got into the act, as linebacker Dane Fleck picked up a fumble and rumbled in from 15 yards out.
Later in the period, quarterback Turner DeMuth finished off a pair of drives with TD runs of 19 yards and one yard, respectively.
Bay spread the wealth around, as almost everyone got in and 11 different players carried the ball, led by Lehrmann with 13 carries for 91 yards while Rhashad Gray had three carries for 61 yards, Van Bassindale eight tries for 43 yards and Jaren Walker eight carries for 41 yards.
Tietjen was pleased with the overall effort.
"It's fair to say that Lutheran has given us fits in the past," he said. "They do a lot of different stuff offensively that's hard to defend. They were a little short-handed tonight and had a back-up quarterback in. We got some things done here tonight.
"It was a good win."
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