Finishing drives is still an issue for the Menomonee Falls football team, and though the Indians showed progress, they still came up short for the second straight week in a 14-7 nonconference loss to Greendale on Aug. 26.
"There were a lot of positives coming out of this one," said Indians coach Dan Lutz. "We improved in a lot of respects. We were in the game the whole time and the offense showed a little more flash, but we're still not consistent enough to get it done yet."
The Indians (0-2 overall) will get a chance to wash all that away when they open Greater Metro Conference play at home at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 against Wauwatosa East (0-2). It'll be Parents Night.
"Our morale is still good; we're making progress," said Lutz.
The Indians did the best they could against the high-flying Panthers (2-0), as despite three turnovers inside their own 30 yard line in the first half, they were still tied with Greendale at 7-7 at the half. The Panthers had taken a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard run by Tom Kujawa in the second quarter after one of those turnovers, but shortly thereafter, Patrick Doyle finished off Falls' best drive with a 38-yard burst for score that tied the score before the break.
Greendale took the lead for good in the third quarter when quarterback Mitchell Gnadt hit end Zach Harrison for a 15-yard TD strike at the end of a long drive. Falls had a hard time containing Harrison, as he caught eight passes for 86 yards. Kujawa was also a load for the Panthers, rushing for 172 yards on 33 carries.
Falls had chances to tie the game up late in the game, as Falls put together a strong late fourth quarter drive starting from their 20. The Indians worked their way down to the Panthers 15, but quarterback Arick Gleissner was chased out of the pocket and hit as he threw. The pass was intercepted to end the threat.
"That was a good drive, we just had a breakdown at the end," said Lutz.
Lutz was pleased with the defensive effort, noting that the Panthers "didn't go up and down the field on us.".
"They really didn't throw anything at us that we weren't ready for," he said. "The defense picked us up a lot tonight."
Gleissner made progress, completing 11 of 20 passes for 121 yards with three interceptions. "He was making better reads tonight," said Lutz. "He's getting there."
"We just need to finish things," added Lutz, "be a little more consistent."