West Allis — Central senior quarterback Ryan Barwick passed for three touchdowns and ran for one and sparked the Bulldogs to a come-from-behind 27-16 win over Brookfield East on Friday.
It was the Spartans' homecoming game that looked promising - that is, until the final quarter.
Trailing 16-13 entering the fourth period, the Bulldogs started their comeback with a 9-play, 75-yard drive, capped off by Barwick's 10-yard touchdown pass to senior halfback Chris Redman with 8 minutes, 52 seconds left to play. Barwick's point-after attempt made it 20-13.
Then Redman made a big defensive play, when he intercepted East junior quarterback John Lehman with 4:19 left to play, giving the Bulldogs a first down on East's 34-yard line.
Lehman threw a wobbly pass into the right flat while trying to escape a hard-charging Central rush. Five plays later Barwick scored on a 1-yard run and booted the point after to clinch the win.
"He's a three-year starter and he's another kid who has been in this offense," West Allis Central coach Dax Rodriguez said. "He's the reason we switched to this offense. We just figured when it comes down to it, we'll just put the game on his shoulders and most of the time he comes through."
Tedrick Boone scored on a 46-yard run to give East a 7-0 lead with 4:25 in the first quarter, but Barwick rolled left and tossed a 32-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Redman in the end zone to tie the game with 2:27 left in the period.
East's Colin DeVoe booted a 28-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead with 10:26 left in the first half, but Barwick brought the Bulldogs back and tossed a 3-yard pass to wide receiver Brian Hoppe for a 13-10 half-time lead.
A high-snap from center off Barwick's hands led to a big turnover for East, as Spartan linebacker Travis Heil recovered the fumble at the Bulldogs' 12-yard line. East scored four plays later on a 1-yard run by Boone for a 16-13 lead.
But then Barwick took over in the fourth period.
Central improved to 2-2 and 4-2 overall.
"We have some horses up front finally," Rodriguez said. "In the past we've been out-manned up there, but we have six returning starters, a lot of seniors there.
"They know their job, their know their assignments and they come and hit."
- Tom "Sky" Skibosh
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