The 2019 season kick-off of Heiser Automotive Group Thursday Night Lights saw the Greater Metro and Classic Eight Conferences collide as the the Hilltoppers of Marquette University High School met the Muskego Warriors for a rematch of the 2018 Division 1 Semi-Final Game at inpro field on Thursday, August 22nd. The My24 Sports Team, all of our great sponsorship partners with a booth presence in the TNL Fan Experience Area, and fans of all ages enjoyed a stellar summer evening perfect for a night of high school football.
Community members helped honor The Salvation Army and devoted volunteer Andy Smith for their efforts in Doing the Most Good in the area's neighborhoods. All season long, The Salvation Army will continue the good fight against hunger. Fans can pledge donations of money and time as volunteers at SAMilwaukee.org or by bringing food items to games starting with week 3 at Caroll University.
Warrior Nation was certainly ready to host the anticipated showdown between these local titans of the gridiron, as a record-breaking crowd turned out for a celebration of the community and its talented youth. The energy was electric as the band and members of the United States Marine Corps took the field to present the Color Guard and play the National Anthem.
The 10th Season of TNL football broadcasts officially commenced with a Marquette kick-off to start what would turn out to be exactly what many expected -- a hard-fought, hard-hitting title bout between two heavyweight programs. The first quarter offense stalled and resulted in the exchange of punts until the Hilltoppers broke the stalemate when Quarterback Matt McDevitt connected with Receiver Jake Novotny for a 5 yard touchdown pass with 1:32 left in the opening frame. Kicker Michael Mitchell added the PAT to give Marquette the early 7-0 lead.
Muskego would swing the momentum their way thanks to an interception on a pass deep into Warriors territory in the opening minute of the second quarter. Quarterback Connor Grohman and Receiver Alex Current connected on a 56 yard touchdown pass less than two minutes later. Shane Dunning's PAT kick knotted the contest at 7s with 9:35 to play in the half. The Hilltoppers answered with a 22-yard field goal kick by Mitchell that was set up with by a drive that featured a pair of 30-yard receptions. The teams settled back in defensively for the remainder of the half, trading punts and ending the second quarter with Marquette holding onto a three-point lead.
The Hilltoppers narrowly avoided disaster on the first possession of the second half of play when an errant snap traveled into the end zone. They were able to recover and throw it away, avoiding a safety and keeping the drive alive until the Warriors' defensive unit forced a turnover on downs. Marquette came down with an interception late in the third quarter, but the offense failed to gain momentum and had to punt. Muskego came alive late in the fourth quarter, using a 33-yard scamper en route to setting up a 2 yard touchdown run for Josh Bulski. Shane Dunning would add the extra point kick to put the Warriors ahead, 14-10. Hunter Wohler and the defense would seal the victory by holding tough against the Hilltoppers' final drive and deflecting a pass attempt on 3rd & 10 with 4:15 left to play. The Warriors closed out the game by leaning on their powerful running game, converting on a pair of 3rd down plays late to take home the week 1 win. FINAL: Muskego Warriors 14 - Marquette Hilltoppers 10
After the final whistle sounded, Sideline Reporter Mike McGivern gathered the winning Warriors for the presentation of the Player of the Game Award with the United States Marines to junior Running Back Josh Bulski...
...then presented the Rudig Trophies Game Trophy to Head Coach Ken Krause and his Muskego Warriors.
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