East's mistakes lead to 29-23 loss to Marquette
Spartans disappointing in GMC opening loss
Brookfield East dropped a 29-23 decision to Marquette on Friday at East in the Greater Metro Conference opener for both teams.
The Spartans blew a 16-point lead as the Hilltoppers' size eventually wore them down.
"Our inexperience showed, as did our lack of size," East coach Tom Swittel said. "They wore us out. They were just so much bigger than we were. It just wasn't meant to be I guess."
After the Spartans led 16-0, Marquette's offense came to life and outscored East the rest of the way, 29-7. The only second-half score came when Vince Schimborski blocked a field goal attempt and an alert Mitch Mikulsky picked the ball up and raced 86 yards for the score with 1:03 left in the third period for a 23-14 lead.
"It was cosmetic surgery there because at that point, we were so being totally outplayed," Swittel said. "It was a blip on the radar screen, that one play."
Marquette quarterback Charlie Greif tossed a 56-yard touchdown to Mike Thompson on the final play of the quarter, and then Marquette scored when Greif hit Jack Barbera on a 38-yard TD pass. The Spartans defense put up little resistance.
Zach Damico opened the scoring with a 28-yard TD pass to Will Sutton with 3:05 left in the first quarter. All-conference kicker Connor Allen, who missed a short field on the opening drive, then missed the extra point.
But in the second period, Damico scored a 4-yard TD run and Allen booted a 28-yard field goal for a 16-0 lead.
And then it was all downhill for the Spartans. Greif hit Thompson for a 9-yard touchdown score with nine seconds left in the half and then opened the second half with a 3-yard score with 8:08 left in the quarter.
"We lost the game in the first half," Swittel said. "We had so many opportunities in the first half, it's unbelievable. We didn’t take advantage of it"
But Swittel gave the Hilltoppers their due.
"There's no excuses. They outplayed us. They deserved to win. We didn’t deserve to win. You can’t play as sloppy as we played and win a football game. In some respects, we got what we deserved."
Greif was 15-for-31 for 294 yards and three scores, and Jerard Swan ran for 118 yards. Thompson caught 6 passes for 129 yards and two scores. Damico ran for 131 yards and Sutton caught 7 for 123 yards.
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