Milwaukee Bradley Tech dominated Brookfield East on Tuesday night at East in the WIAA Level 1 playoffs, but the scrappy Spartans took advantage of 6-of-11 Trojans' fumbles and a blocked punt and rolled to a 31-14 victory.
Brookfield East will play at undefeated Franklin (10-0) at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Sabers advanced to Level 2 with a 47-25 victory over Whitnall.
Determined senior quarterback Jon Lehman, who was questionable with several painful injuries, started for the Spartans and was involved in all four touchdowns.
He completed 7-of-14 passes for 98 yards and hooked up three times with senior wide receiver C.J. Gregg for touchdowns. He rushed for 29 yards on three carries and scored on a 2-yard run.
"He's a tough kid, but he was very limited in what he could do," East coach Tom Swittel said. "It was a closer game than the score indicated. We took advantage of a couple turnovers and a blocked punt."
Bradley Tech out-rushed East, 245 yards to 113, and finished with 304 total yards to 211 for the Spartans.
Junior running back Marcus Horne rushed for 148 yards on 21 carries, an average of 7.0 yards per carry, and a score to lead the Trojans. Senior quarterback John Claybon completed 9-of-18 for 59 yards and a touchdown and tight end Davin Green had five catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.
"We didn't play well," Swittel said. "Bradley Tech did a nice job. They out-gained us. We struggled with the running game. This was not a resounding victory."
The Spartans took a 10-0 lead after one quarter, as Lehman hit Gregg with a 6-yard touchdown pass and Zach Schober kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 8 minutes, 52 seconds on the clock. Then with 2:11 in the quarter, Schober booted a 21-yard field goal.
The second quarter was scoreless until Tech got on the board when Claybon tossed a pass to Green and he took it in from 14-yards out, but the extra point was no good and East still led 10-6.
East then scored twice in the final 1:52 of the first half. First Lehman hooked up with Gregg from 12-yards out and then after a turnover, Lehman ran in a score from 2-yards out and East led 24-6 at intermission.
Lehman and Gregg connected one final time from 29-yards out with 11:06 on the clock in the third quarter and then the Trojans shut down the East offense for the night.
Horne scored the final touchdown for Tech on a 19-yard run with 10:49 left to play.
The Spartans (9-1) will face powerful Franklin (10-0) and talented quarterback Lance Baretz on Saturday at Franklin with the time to be determined.
South Milwaukee quarterback Sam Oliden and Brookfield Central running back Connor McCullough put their offenses on their backs Tuesday and the Rockets out-lasted the Lancers to finish with a thrilling 20-13 win.
Oliden rushed for 143 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns and added 128 yards passing. McCullough rushed for 160 yards in 31 carries and a score.
Oliden, who doubles as the Rockets placekicker, had the only score in the first half when he booted a 23-yard field goal at 9:10 in the second quarter, as both team's defense took turns bending but not breaking.
Then at 8:58 in the third quarter, Oliden made an impressive 37-yard field goal to give the Rockets a 6-0 lead.
The Lancers offense then woke up and drove three-quarters of the field, with McCullough's 32-yard gain keying the drive, which he finished off from 3 yards out. But Jason Meichtry missed the extra point wide left and the score stood at 6-6.
But Oliden took the Rockets 69 yards in six plays, finishing it off himself with a 33-yard run. He ran up the middle, saw an opening and then raced untouched into the end zone. His point after gave the Rockets a 13-6 lead with 35 seconds left in the third quarter.
But McCullough and Meichtry brought the Lancers back, going 70 yards in 12 plays. Some of the key plays on the drive included McCullough running an end around for 13 yards, Meichtry hitting Alex Olson, who made a leaping catch for 11 yards, McCullough gained 3 yards on a fourth and one to keep the drive alive.
Two plays after McCullough's first down, Meichtry rolled right and then turned and threw left into the secondary to find a wide open Ryan Hinz for a 24-yard score with 6:48 left to play. Meichtry's extra point tied the game at 13.
But Oliden got the last word, as he led an 80-yard drive, scoring on a 2-yard run and kicking the PAT for the win.
"They have a good quarterback," a disappointed Central coach Jamie Meulemans said afterwards. "I'm proud of our defense and the way they played. I'm proud of the seniors and the way they played all season."
Brookfield East 28
Menomonee Falls 22
Oct. 20 at East
Brookfield East finished an amazing regular season with a stunning come-from-behind 28-22 victory over Menomonee Falls on Friday. The win gave the Spartans an 8-1 overall record and a 6-1 record in the Greater Metro Conference, good enough for second-place behind Marquette (7-0, 7-2).
Falls had taken a 14-0 lead into the third quarter, when quarterback Jon Lehman scored on an 8-yard run, setting up a wild fourth quarter. First Lehman hit WR C.J. Gregg with a 3-yard scoring pass to tie the game at 14-14 and then he followed up with a 38-yard TD to WR J.J. Flor for a 21-14 advantage.
Falls came back and scored when QB Brett Krause hit Ndiva Malafa with an 11-yard score and then Krause passed for a 2-point conversion and a 22-21 Falls lead with less than two minutes to play. But Lehman tossed a 22-yard scoring pass to Gregg with 32 seconds left and the Spartans ended the Indians hopes when Gregg intercepted a pass with 14 seconds left to play.
Sussex Hamilton, 24 Brookfield Central, 0
Oct. 20 at Sussex
The Chargers star running back Aaron Clinton-Earl rushed for 193 yards and all three of his team's touchdowns. PK Brad Helm added a field goal and three extra points. Connor McCullough had only 33 yards rushing in 16 carries, a 2.1 average, while TE Sam Rohr grabbed 3 receptions for 46 yards, 15.3 average. QB Jason Meichtry was 8-for-16 for 145 yards and an interception. He averaged 18.1 yards per completion.
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