The Menomonee Falls football team still has a WIAA playoff pulse.
The Indians routed West Allis Hale, 31-9, on Oct. 7 to improve their record to 3-3 in Greater Metro Conference play and 3-5 overall. They have a daunting task if they want to get into the state playoffs, beating league-leading and unbeaten Brookfield Central (6-0, 8-0) in the regular-season closer at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.
Falls coach Dan Lutz knows it will be a tall order, but he likes the mindset of his team heading into that contest.
"We made our bed," said Lutz. "It's the same situation as last year. We played them tough on the road (31-3 loss), but we're going to strap it on and give it a go at home this year. We feel good where we're at.
"Stranger things have happened. If these kids pull it off, it'll be something they'll never forget."
The Lancers prepped for Falls with a 39-6 win over Tosa East on Oct. 7. The playoffs would start Oct. 21 if the Indians were to qualify.
Falls certainly looked ready for a playoff run after the win over Hale.
The game was much closer than it looked as a 4-yard run by sophomore running back Julius Davis in the first quarter and a 38-yard Michael Burgoyne field goal in the third quarter gave Falls a 10-9 advantage heading into the fourth period.
But then the Indians exploded for a 21-point fourth quarter to put the game away against the Huskies. Davis, who had a career game Lutz said, scored on a 51-yard run, and then quarterback Arick Gleissner hit Cole Mir on a 24-yard TD pass. Davis officially put the game away with another 10-yard burst.
Official stats for the 5-10, 170-pound Davis were unavailable, but Lutz knows the team has something special in him.
"He runs with both speed and power," he said. "He hits the hole very aggressively."
Lutz was also pleased with the defense, which held the Huskies to just 34 yards rushing and 206 total yards with two interceptions. They gave up a trick-play TD pass in the third quarter but were otherwise unchallenged.
"Hale has a good quarterback (Michael Johnson), but we really limited him," Lutz said.
Lutz was also pleased the hardworking Mir found the end zone and that the Indians were able to pull out this victory after a few tough losses.
"That was an awesome win," he said. "You lose a couple of games like we did (West Allis Central and Brookfield East), and you feel like the world is going to end, but we were able to bounce back."