Missed opportunities, a problem for the West Allis Hale football team all season, hurt the Huskies once again Friday night.
Hale could come up with only three points in two trips inside the Brookfield Central 20-yard line in the first half and trailed 14-3 at the break.
Those types of chances went away completely in the second half, as the Huskies posted only one first down and Central pulled away for a 34-3 victory in the 2013 season finale.
"That seems to be the story of our season," head coach Brandon Ehret said of the squandered scoring chances. "We had some nice sustained drives and moved the ball consistently down the field in the first half. Unfortunately, we've just struggled inside the red zone."
The Huskies finished the season at 1-6 in the Greater Metro Conference and 1-8 overall. Of the eight losses, seven came to teams that qualified for the WIAA playoffs.
Central hits long pass
Brookfield Central (7-2) jumped on top quickly when quarterback Riley Richarz found Gunnar Malensek wide open down the middle for a 62-yard touchdown pass on the second play from scrimmage.
The point after put the Lancers up 7-0 with just 52 seconds gone in the game.
After the teams traded punts, the Huskies mounted a nice drive from their 27-yard line.
Quarterback Jason Gallitz completed two passes to Sam Michalski and one to Brandon Shimetz as Hale moved methodically downfield to the Central 15.
A loss on a running play and a sack, though, put Hale in a third-and-15 situation and a pass to Michalski carried only to the Lancers 14.
Jason Palesse connected on a 31-yard field goal to put the Huskies on the board with 7 minutes, 21 seconds left in the half.
"Three points is very different than having a touchdown," Ehret said.
Richarz then struck again with a 57-yard pass to Terry Wallen which set up a 6-yard scoring run from TJ Brown. The kick made it 14-3.
Another lost opportunity
On Hale's next drive, Gallitz hit Isaiah Mundt in stride near midfield and Mundt took the ball to the Central 15 for a 64-yard gain.
A facemask penalty moved the ball to the 9, but three runs gained little, setting up a fourth-and-inches at the 5. Joe Werner was stopped cold behind the line of scrimmage as Hale turned the ball over on downs.
The Huskies were still within range at halftime but went three-and-out on three straight second-half possessions.
Central scored on a 3-yard run by Malik Turner and a 25-yard field goal from Steven Knopp to lead 24-3.
Knopp added another field goal and John Schneider ran a fumble back 29 yards to close the scoring.
Gallitz completed 7 of 11 passes for 104 yards, with Michalski catching four for 26 and Mundt two for 68. Werner led the rushing with 38 yards.
Defensively, Jordan Riche was all over the field with 15 tackles, while Jake Gruichich collected nine and Jordan Plantiko two tackles for loss and a sack.
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