In one of the biggest football games of Week 2 in 2016, two of the area's 10 best squared off at Waukesha North, where Catholic Memorial walked away with a comfortable 32-17 victory over Germantown.
The Crusaders led virtually the entire game, holding a 25-10 advantage midway through the second half. After a failed Memorial field goal attempt, the Warhawks took over on their own 20-yard line. Several runs from Austin Mozdzen and solid passes from Germantown quarterback Collin Sathe to Jack Brzakala and Colten Thomas moved the Warhawks all the way to the Memorial 3-yard line. With 0.3 seconds left on the clock, Sathe punched the ball in, cutting Memorial’s lead to 25-17 on the last play of the half and giving the Warhawks life.
“We had great momentum going to get that last touchdown," Germantown coach Jake Davis said. "Then, we got the ball coming back out, I think that was a really positive thing for our kids.”
Despite the momentum, Germantown were unable to push for the tie after halftime. The Crusaders added to their lead with a touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Nimz to Max Cooper. Several Germantown drives ended in interceptions, including the final play of the game, when Memorial’s Austin Ciezki intercepted a pass from Sathe to put the game on ice.
“Our two safeties, Mike Oechsner and Austin Ciezki, they could be the best two as a pair of safeties," Memorial coach Bill Young said. "These are two kids that are really good, and the guy that does a great job is our defensive coordinator, Mike Kinateder and Ryan Stefaniak, and they do a great job with those kids. They had 14 games last year, so they’re pretty seasoned.”
Memorial scored on the third play of hte game when Nimz found Max Cooper down field for a 54-yard touchdown pass and an early 6-0 lead. The Crusaders doubled that lead later in the first quarter on a quarterback sneak by Nimz, who also scored the Crusaders third touchdown before Tony Wojnowski ran for Memorial’s fourth of the game near the end of the first half.
The Crusaders will take their 2-0 record to Kettle Moraine next week, while the Warhawks look to pick up their first win of the season against Nicolet.
“They’ve got great players,” Davis said, “they’re very well coached, and they do good things, so it’s a good test for us to see what our kids could bring. I’m proud of how we came out and fought with them. They’re a good team, so we’ve just got to correct our mistakes. Things that we can control we’ve got to get better at.”
Young was pleased with the way his team fared against a larger school such as Germantown.
“It’s absolutely huge. Germantown’s a really good ball club, but each week, you’d better be ready to play. There’s things that we did really well, there’s things that we didn’t do really well, and that’s why we coach. We have a great group of seniors, and we’ve just got to keep getting better each week.”