Lancers beat Spartans in 'Battle of Brookfield' 35-10
East hurts comeback chances with second half mistakes
Brookfield Central beat Brookfield East in their annual crosstown battle, 35-10, Friday night before an overflow crowd at Central.
The win left Central (2-1, 4-1) one game out of first behind Marquette (3-0, 3-2), tied with Menomonee Falls (2-1, 4-1) and Sussex Hamilton (2-1, 3-2).
With the loss, the Spartans fall to 1-2 and 2-3 overall and now every game is a 'playoff' game for them as they need to win three of their final four games to make the post-season.
"I think the conference champion will have one loss," Lancers coach Jamie Meulemans said. "We’re still in the hunt and we’re going to go for it."
Central led 14-3 after one quarter, on two touchdown runs by quarterback Riley Richarz. His first one came from 7-yards out, ending a 10-play, 70 yard drive.
The second was a lot quicker following a 23-yard field goal by East's Connor Allen. Richarz took the ball on the second play of the drive and raced around left end 80 yards for a score.
Then in the second quarter, running back Michael Patterson topped off an 11-play 75-yard drive with a 2-yard run with 7:02 left in the half, giving the Lancers a 21-3 lead.
DeMario Harris then recovered a blocked East punt and Richarz took Central 29 yards in four plays, with Terry Wallen scoring from 3-yards out for a 28-3 lead at intermission.
The Spartans then forced the Lancers to punt, but fumbled the punt return and Noah Eyrise recovered.
East's night was summed up when they went 80 yards in 14 plays, only to throw an interception to Joe Du Bois who picked it off and raced 98-yards for a touchdown.
With reserves in the game, RB Josh Dempsey scored on a short run for the Spartans in the final minute to make the final score 35-10.
"It seemed like a lot of people were writing us off, saying, ‘Oh Central is not going to be that good this year," mamoth left tackle Luke Rasmussen said. "It’s kind of nice to get a good solid win against a conference team. We kind of shown them we’re still here, we're still in the fight."
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