Week five of the 2017 season of U.S. Cellular Thursday Night Lights presented by Northwest Surgery Center featured a North Shore showdown between the Homestead Highlanders and Whitefish Bay Blue Dukes on Thursday, September 14th. The My24 Sports Team, our sponsorship partners, and fans of all ages packed the stands at Sheldon B. Lubar Stadium on a beautiful night for football. Members of the United States Army presented the Color Guard, and the fifth game of the season got officially underway.
The Salvation Army had barrels on site to collect book donations for their drive (with a goal of collecting 10,000 books) from supportive fans, and the fans delivered with boxes worth of books! Whether or not you'll be in attendance at a U.S. Cellular Thursday Night Lights broadcast game this season, you can donate new books to support The Salvation Army's goal of providing area children books this holiday season. They also recognized proud parent and Salvationist Jami Ross on field during the game for her work with planning summer camps and weekend outings for the Youth Department, as well as her role as the Milwaukee County Grantwriter.
Whitefish Bay would open the scoring in the contest, connecting on a 11-yard touchdown pass early in the game. They would add a 23-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead over Homestead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter would prove to be more of the same, as the Blue Dukes hooked up on a 31-yard throw-and-catch and 41-yard field goal to carry a 20-0 lead into the half. The defense would record their first takeaway of the game with an interception towards the end of the half.
At halftime, one lucky fan was chosen to take the field with a chance to throw three 20-yard passes at a tarp's target on the 50-yard line. Various prize values are represented on the tarp, with a bullseye netting the contestant $5,000 in home renovation package value from Window Depot of Milwaukee. Our passer connected for a $100 win, and another fan will get the same opportunity each week for the rest of the season!
Unfortunately for the Highlanders, the offence struggled all night in their attempts to set any rhythm or gain momentum. The Blue Dukes defense was disruptive and dominant, causing two fumbles deep in their own territory, killing Homestead's threatening drives in the third period. Homestead's defense pushed back, holding Whitefish Bay to one 36-yard field goal in the frame. Another Blue Duke interception would end the quarter with the Highlanders staring down a 23 point deficit. Whitefish Bay would finish the game strong, keeping Homestead off the board, adding a 30-yard field goal and creating their fifth takeaway of the night to seal an impressive and dominant performance across the board. FINAL: Whitefish Bay Blue Dukes 26 - Homestead Highlanders 0.
Now in its eight season of broadcasts, U.S. Cellular Thursday Night Lights presented by Northwest Surgery Center is an effort of the My24 Sports Team to put a spotlight on local high schools and their talented students and faculty members, as well as community members effecting positive change and contributions. Scholar Athletes are nominated for recognition by their schools each week, with one student set to receive a $5,000 College Scholarship courtesy of Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin.
Watch the complete game broadcast above, including the Window Depot Pre-Game Show, and keep it locked to My24Milwaukee.com all season for more U.S. Cellular Thursday Night Lights presented by Northwest Surgery Center action!