Bulldogs lose game, QB Behrs on hit
Central battles early but ultimately fallsto Brookfield Central
West Allis - With his team getting all it could handle through the first half from West Allis Central, Brookfield Central football coach Jamie Meulemans said his team needed a bounce or two to go its way to get rolling on homecoming night.
That bounce came in the form of a squib kickoff that was recovered by the Lancers and led to their third touchdown in the first six minutes of the second quarter. Brookfield Central settled in from there and earned the 36-14 Greater Metro Conference victory over the Bulldogs.
West Allis Central hung tough early, scoring on a 12-yard run from Devan Finney and quarterback Dakota Behrs' 44-yard pass to Brian Hoppe.
Sparked by squib kick
The squib kickoff and subsequent touchdown sparked the Lancers, who were methodical in driving the field and taking hold of the momentum the rest of the way.
"We felt he was out of bounds, but what are you going to do?" Bulldogs coach Dax Rodriguez said of the kickoff play. "We didn't take advantage (of some things) and lost our steam, but that's a good football team we just played."
The Lancers leaned on quarterback Jason Meichtry, who rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns while also throwing for two more.
While the two rushing touchdowns for Meichtry were impressive, his passing scores to Derek Schmidt in the third quarter and 6-foot-7-inch Nick Olson in the fourth quarter are what put away the game.
Central QB knocked out
After Brookfield Central took a 28-14 lead on its first possession of the second half, the Lancers defense made its presence felt in knocking Behrs out of the game on a play that drew a roughing the passer penalty.
Hoppe, the hero in last week's victory over West Allis Hale, moved to quarterback, but the Bulldogs collected just four first downs in the second half, including the one on the roughing penalty.
"Brian is a weapon and an athlete, but when you put him at quarterback, they can key on him," Rodriguez said. "The key in the second half was we didn't hit our holes."
Running back Troy Brown collected 139 yards on the ground and Hoppe finished with two catches for 55 yards and the touchdown before taking over at quarterback.
The Bulldogs (2-3 in the Greater Metro Conference, 3-4 overall) play host to Sussex Hamilton (4-1, 6-1) on Oct. 7 at the West Allis Athletic Field.
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