Brookfield Central rolls over Park, 38-6, in football opener
Wallen's opening kick-off TD return sparks win
Before the season started, Brookfield Central football coach Jamie Meulemans said the Lancers will be counting on three players to help lead them this season.
One was senior Terry Wallen, who returned the season's opening kickoff 80 yards Friday night in a 38-6 victory over Racine Park at Horlick Athletic Field in the non-conference opener. Wallen also keyed the Lancers defense, which held the Panthers to a fourth-quarter score.
"We had to replace a lot of starters on defense," Meulemans said. "A lot of guys stepped up nice. And it helps when Wallen takes the opening kick back for a score and has an interception. He is a special kid."
Another player was senior Luke Rasmussen, an offensive/defensive tackle. Rasmussen blocked two field goals and knocked down a pass to spark the Central defense.
Finally there was returning first-team all-conference running back senior Demario Harris, who scored two rushing touchdowns.
Now add to that second-team all-conference placekicker Steven Knopp, who was 5-for-5 in extra points and who drilled a 20-yard field goal.
And you can't forget senior quarterback Riley Richarz, who was 6-of-9 for 47 yards and rushed for a team-leading 122 yards in 16 carries (7.6 average) and two touchdowns.
Richarz, Harris and Malik Turner combined for 234 yards on the ground.
"Demario was his usual self, getting stronger as the game goes on," Meulemans said. "Riley really managed the game well. It helps to have another year in the offense. He's a veteran now. He's been there before."
Meulemans was happy with his team's focus before and during the game.
"I was impressed with how they came ready to play," he said. "Thursday's walk through was tremendous the way they practiced. I was impressed on game day impress on how they prepared mentally to get ready to play. Even some of the parents noticed."
But Meulemans feels there is still work to do with a home game against Kenosha Bradford at 7 p.m. Aug. 30.
"We have to find the right combinations at certain positions. There will soon be some movement with some of the things we are trying to do...trying to fit the guys where they can have the most success, so they can be the best they can be. So we might adjust some starters."
And then there were the donuts on Saturday morning.
"They were in good spirits on Saturday," Meulemans said. "They get donuts after a win. I think they look forward to the donuts more than seeing themselves on film."
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