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Falls nips Brookfield East, 29-21

Indians playing for title share next week, Spartans trying to make playoffs

Oct. 11, 2013

Menomonee Falls scored four rushing touchdowns and defeated Brookfield East, 29-21, in a game which had a lot on the line for both teams.

Falls (5-1) left the field tied for first place with and needed a win in its season finale against Marquette (5-1) at home next week to grab the outright Greater Metro title. East (3-3) needs one win to clinch a playoff berth and will have to wait until next week when it faces last-place West Allis Central (0-6).

"We talked about it," a happy Falls coach John Baker said. "We felt this was going to be our first playoff game. We’re already in, but we play them (East) and Marquette.

"Brook East is a playoff team. They are a good hard-hitting team. We talked about field position, which was really huge tonight. The guys converting on short fields because in a big game, that’s what you have to do to win it."
 
The Indians rushed for 260 yards and were led by sophomore Bryce McMurtry, who rushed for 134 yards on 9 carries (14.9 yard average). His 72-yard TD run with 1:47 left in the half gave Falls a 14-7 lead at intermission.
 
"Bryce is dynamic kid," Baker said. "He’s only a sophomore; sometimes it's like you get that sophomore in him a little bit and all of a sudden you can see this kid who can change a game. He is young yet, he is awesome to watch."
 
QB Adam Vechart rushed for 119 yards in 21 carries, but the Spartans shut down RB Christian Almonte, who managed 17 yards in 20 attempts.
 
The Falls defense did a good job on East quarterback Zach Damico, who finished 13-for-30 for 221 yards and a touchdown pass to Will Sutton, which tied the game in the third quarter. Damico, who opened the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown run, finished with 75 yards rushing in 15 carries.
 
Almonte scored on a 1-yard run after a 7-play, 31-yard drive to open the fourth quarter and made the score 20-14. Falls then recovered a fumble on a double reverse that started with two flags being tossed for two men in motion.
 
East coach Tom Swittel got the information on the play second-hand.
 

"I wasn’t watching it; I was with the defense at that point," he said. "We had two guys that went in motion, one guy just stopped because he probably thought it was going to be a penalty. The guy that got the ball and was supposed to pitch it and pitched to nobody I was told. The other kid thought because the flags were thrown, there wasn’t going to be a play."

Falls hustled and recovered the ball at East's 23, and Almonte scored five plays later from seven yards out for a 26-14 lead with 3:49 in the game.

But Damico took East 60 yards in eight plays to the Falls 32-yard line. On a roll out pass to the left, as he threw the ball he was leveled by a Falls defender on a 3rd and 8 play.

After being attended to, he had to leave the game, and placekicker Connor Allen came in and tossed a beautiful fourth-down TD pass to Cole Larson to cut the lead to 26-21 with 2:36 to play.

A return and facemask penalty on the Spartans once again the Indians had a short field to deal with. After running four plays,  kicker Anthony Russo drilled a 25-yard field goal to account for the final points.

"We wanted to play for 48 minutes and we did," Swittel said. "We needed a break or a call and we got neither all night long. I'll just leave it at that."

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