As coach Dax Rodriguez figures it, West Allis Central is not that far away from a successful season.
“If you take away about 12 minutes of the season (parts of various games), we would be playing for the (WIAA) playoffs,” Rodriguez said. “We always had that one stretch that hurt us.”
The reality is that the Bulldogs fell to 0-6 in the Greater Metro Conference and 1-7 overall with a 28-14 loss to Menomonee Falls on Oct. 17. That game was tied at 14-14 in the third period, but the Indians pulled away after that.
Rodriguez can take some hope in the fact that this season resembles his early years as Central softball coach. “Every game, we had that one inning that killed us,” he said. “We finally had a good year last season (taking second in the GMC). Maybe the same thing can happen in football.”
Falls, which needed a victory to keep its playoffs hopes going, went ahead 14-0 in the first half on short runs by Matt Widule and Cole Myhra.
“If you saw the opening minutes, you would think we were going to lose by 40,” Rodriguez said. “After that, we actually dominated.”
Central got back into the game on a 51-yard pass from Ryan Barwick to Nate Matthews and a 1-yard run from Matthews. Myhra, though, scored twice more for the Indians.
Barwick completed 15-of-26 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown, but threw four interceptions, all inside Falls territory. “That was his first tough game all year,” the coach said.
Mike Westrich caught six passes for 81 yards and made an interception, and Dalton Shaffer added another pick.
“We had three defensive starters out with injuries, but the defense really stepped it up,” Rodriguez said.
The Bulldogs met Brookfield East (0-6 in the GMC coming into this week) on Oct. 22 to close the regular season.
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