Brookfield Central put together its most balanced game of the season at the right time and defeated West Allis Central 23-6 Friday night at the West Allis Athletic Field at Nathan Hale High School.
The victory improved Central's record to 3-3 in the Greater Metro Conference as the Lancers kept alive their playoff hopes. They need a victory in the season finale at home against Sussex Hamilton next Wednesday to earn a post-season berth.
On the other hand, the loss crushed the Bulldogs' playoff hopes, as they needed four conference wins to earn a playoff berth, but are now 2-4 with one game left next Wednesday at Wauwatosa East.
The offense, defense and special teams came up with big plays all evening to spark the Lancers, who got two touchdowns by Connor McCullough and one by Jeff Lewis while getting a safety from the special teams unit.
McCullough scored on a 2-yard run with 5 minutes, 20 seconds left in the first quarter and Alex Olson kicked the PAT for a 7-0 lead. He later scored on a 7-yard run with 7:05 left in the half for a 14-0 lead.
The Bulldogs then were faced with a 4th and three from 13-yard line, when the center snapped the ball over the punter's head into the end zone with 1:55 left in the half. The Bulldogs hustled to recover the ball, but were tackled in the end zone for a safety and a 16-0 lead at half-time.
The Bulldogs went on an 8-play 74-yard drive with 7:58 left in the third quarter, topped off by a beautiful pass from Ryan Barwick to Nick Starich to cut the lead to 16-6.
West Allis Central when for the 2-point conversion, but Tommy Bucholtz intercepted Barwick's pass to foil the attempt with 4:30 left in the period.
Barwick pinned the Lancers on their 3-yard line with a beautiful punt to end the third period, but then Lewis broke the Bulldogs' back when he broke a couple tackles and bounced to the outside and raced 97 yards down the left sideline for the clinching score.
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