West Allis - An offensive explosion gave the West Allis Hale football team a 53-33 victory over Wauwatosa East on Friday night to close out the Greater Metro Conference season.
"Offensively, we clicked on all cylinders," head coach Brandon Ehret said. "We stressed playing our best for four quarters and I think offensively, we definitely did that."
Quarterback Nick Sotiros threw four touchdown passes and Travis Balcerzak, Taylor Tomczak and Zach Smith each tallied twice for the Huskies.
"Nick had a tremendous game passing the ball," Ehret continued. "Taylor made a lot of big plays for us and Zach ran very hard. It was a real credit to our offensive line, which opened up some nice holes and gave Sotiros plenty of time in the pocket."
Ehret, though, was concerned about the defense, which let Tosa East hang around for much of the game.
"We struggled defensively, something I didn't expect," the coach said. "We gave up too many big plays; we have to be more disciplined."
The triumph boosted the Huskies to 2-5 in GMC play and 3-5 overall. Like some other teams that are missing the WIAA playoffs, Hale will play a special ninth game at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Cudahy (1-7).
In Friday's game, Tosa East scored first on a 73-yard touchdown pass, but the Huskies answered quickly with a 15-yard scoring toss from Sotiros to Marcel Mundt to tie matters at 6-6 after one quarter.
Balcerzak grabbed a 36-yard touchdown pass from Sotiros to put Hale on top, but East tallied twice to seize a 20-12 advantage in the second period.
Tomczak scored from 35 yards out and Balcerzak snared a 32-yard pass from Sotiros to enable the Huskies to go into halftime with a 24-20 edge.
"Wauwatosa hit us with a couple of trick plays in the first half, which really gave (the Red Raiders) some momentum heading into the half," Ehret said. "I thought our kids did a nice job of responding in the second half."
Hale held East to 13 points in the second half while continuing its own offensive outburst.
Tomczak caught a 25-yard pass from Sotiros, and Mundt took a two-point conversion pass for a 32-20 lead. Smith then ran 45 yards for another touchdown as Hale went ahead 39-20.
The Huskies added short running scores from Smith and Jo Jo Breznik in the fourth period.
Alex Schwab collected eight tackles, with three for losses, while Mitch Chevremont and Jordan Riche each had seven tackles for the Huskies.
"I couldn't be more proud of how our kids have continued to battle and compete throughout," Ehret said. "It says a lot about the leadership from our senior group."
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