West Allis Central pays for missed fourth downs with loss
Wauwatosa East rallies late to top Bulldogs, 7-6
Frustration was the order of the day for the West Allis Central football team in a 7-6 loss to Wauwatosa East on Friday night.
The Bulldogs took an early 6-0 advantage and had several chances to increase it, but could not convert opportunities. For the game, they were unable to convert on five fourth-down tries.
Wauwatosa East took full advantage, scoring on a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jackson Telderer to Nick Pridgeon with just 12 seconds left.
Greg Holley added the crucial extra point to give the Red Raiders the victory.
Central slipped to 0-2 in the Greater Metro Conference and 0-4 overall, while Tosa East improved to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in GMC play.
Central, Hale clash
The Bulldogs will continue their search for their first victory of the season when they take on rival West Allis Hale (0-2, 0-4) at 7 p.m. Friday at the West Allis Athletic Field.
"We put it together (and) we gave Jackson some time," Wauwatosa East coach Mike Richards said about the final drive. "My assistant coaches pointed out that when we went to our doubles formation, the linebackers dropped back, and (we) had a couple designed quarterback runs.
"The other ones that happened were all Jackson (Telderer), and he made some things happen with his feet, which we really hadn't seen all year, but he's really capable of doing."
The junior quarterback showed that running ability Friday night, running 11 times for 40 yards, which included an 11-yard run during the Red Raiders' game-winning drive.
His passing numbers weren't as impressive, as he was just 7 of 25 for 59 yards with an interception. Ultimately, he made the throw that mattered, which went for the only and winning points for Tosa East.
The Bulldogs started the game well and they would have had the first touchdown of the game on the opening kickoff were it not for an illegal block at the 50-yard line.
They quickly recovered and marched down the field, starting with a 21-yard pass to receiver Aaron Leon-Tobar, who would finish the game with six receptions for 84 yards to lead the Bulldogs in receiving.
After a 5-yard run by quarterback Will Konecny and an 11-yard run by running back Jason Alvarez, the Bulldogs had the ball deep in Red Raiders territory.
John Serrano's sack pushed the Bulldogs back, but Tobar gained a large chunk of those yards back, and on the next play, Alvarez scored on a 4-yard run up the middle to put the Bulldogs up 6-0. He would finish with 19 carries for 97 yards.
The Bulldogs then went for two and Konecny's pass to Maico Navejar failed. It would be the only score until the final moments.
Konecny finished with 13 completions in 23 attempts for 162 yards.
In the second quarter, Central had a chance to double its lead when it drove down to the Red Raiders' 2-yard line. But Central's offense sputtered and the Raiders sacked Konecny for a 7-yard loss. Two pass attempts on third and fourth down failed to reach their targets and the 6-0 score remained.
Wauwatosa East then had its best drive of the game after that, getting as far as the Bulldogs' 23-yard line before Telderer's pass on a third-and-3 was intercepted by linebacker Dave Mlachnik. It was the last big play of the half as Central led 6-0 at intermission.
In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs had a great chance again to put themselves up by two touchdowns, driving deep into Red Raider territory. After runs of 16 and 11 yards by Alvarez, Central was unable to convert on fourth down.
The Raiders then went on their final, game-winning drive.
Coach praises Central
"They (the Bulldogs) run the read-option, they run it well," Richards said. "We wanted to contain that and I thought our defense did a great job of doing that.
"West Allis Central's got some athletic kids, they really do. Credit Coach Kaz (defensive coordinator Jeff Kaszubowski) and his staff for coming up with a game plan of neutralizing that zone read and making them go to Plan B."
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