Second taste of victory even sweeter for Grafton in 49-12 homecoming romp
The worm has officially turned for the Grafton High School football team.
After finding themselves on the short end of lopsided scores with regularity the past few seasons, the Black Hawks returned the favor for the second time in three weeks last Friday.
Controlling the line of scrimmage and scoring with methodical proficiency, Grafton pummeled Milwaukee Lutheran, 49-12, in an eye-opening homecoming win.
“It was nice. We executed our triple option really well,” said Hawks coach Ben Chossek, whose team improved to 2-4 in North Shore Conference play.
“It was an excellent all-around effort on offense and defense.”
Grafton, which snapped a 26-game losing streak on Sept. 21, doubled its win total for the previous three seasons. This time, the Hawks left no doubt about their superiority.
Grafton’s seven-touchdown performance included two scores in each of the first three quarters. The Hawks had little need for the pass, piling up 359 rushing yards on 61 attempts.
Balance was a key to the ground attack.
Sophomore Matt Pfannerstill led the way with 105 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Close behind was quarterback Matt Weisflog with 102 yards and two scores on 15 attempts.
For good measure, Grafton had another 109 yards combined from its pitch backs, Nic Fullington (57) and Alex Teich (52).
“We felt there were some things we could do on offense. It was just a matter of executing,” Chossek said.
Pfannerstill and Weisflog each scored two touchdowns in the first half, when Grafton built a 28-6 lead.
Weisflog capped his team’s two longest drives of the game. After scoring on a 10-yard keeper on a 79-yard march, he added a 7-yard touchdown run on an 80-yard drive.
When Fullington and Pfannerstill found the end zone in the third quarter, the margin grew to 42-6.
After Lutheran picked up a consolation touchdown late in the third period, Joe Fugate gave Grafton the final word with a 23-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter.
Chossek praised the blocking of his offensive line and the execution of a backfield showing continued improvement.
Defensively, Grafton held Lutheran’s pass-heavy game plan well in check. The Red Knights (0-6) managed 153 yards through the air but just 22 yards on the ground.
The Hawks’ aggressive ball pursuit forced six turnovers, including four fumbles. They lost two fumbles themselves but had little trouble taking and maintaining control.
“We expected to play very well,” Chossek said.
“I don’t think we would have predicted 49-12, but we felt that if we executed our game plan, we could put some points on the board.”
The Hawks (2-5 overall) will try to make another statement in a turnaround season this Friday when they travel to Port Washington for a 7 p.m. conference game.
The contest will be the regular-season finale for two teams battling for sole possession of fifth place in the NSC standings.
Image Information: QUARTERBACK MATT WEISFLOG tried to slip past a Milwaukee Lutheran tackler during Grafton’s 49-14 win in a North Shore Conference game last Friday. Weisflog rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns as the Black Hawks scored their second conference win of the season.
Photo by Sam Arendt