Week 3 of the 2019 season of Heiser Automotive Group Thursday Night Lights saw a Classic Eight Conference clash between the Mukwonago Indians and the Catholic Memorial Crusaders on Thursday, September 5th. 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 came out to Carroll University's Schneider Stadium ready for a great night of high school football in Waukesha.
Community members helped honor The Salvation Army and Director of Marketing Communications 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 Heiser Automotive Group Thursday Night Lights game locations. Fans can also text "TNL" to 41444 for the donation link. (Message and data rates apply)
The anticipation was high as members of the of the United States Marine Corps took the field to present the Color Guard and honor America during the playing of the National Anthem.
The Crusaders received the opening kick-off, but couldn't get anything going on their first drive and were forced to punt. Catholic Memorial extended Mukwonago's first drive thanks to a personal foul penalty on a 3rd & short play. That opened a door that running back Ryan Genrich was more than happy to run through, taking the Indians to the 1-yard-line with a 36 yard scamper. Genrich punched it into the end zone from there, and Sam Sonnenberg added the extra point kick to give Mukwonago an early 7-0 lead that would last through the first quarter of play.
Early in the second, Catholic Memorial's Luke Fox took a couple of shots deep that didn't pan out, first connecting on a 30-yard pass out of bounds, then getting intercepted by Mukwonago's Brandon Antczak on the 10-yard-line. The Indians would give it right back, however, when the Crusaders' Langston Latham recovered a fumble. Running Back Tommy Schmitzer put Catholic Memorial on the board with a 17-yard touchdown run, and Luke Fox added the extra point kick to tie the game at 7-all. After almost mishandling the kick-off, Mukwonago regained composure and capped their drive with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Justin Peck to Greyton Gannon (Sonnenberg PAT) to take a 14-7 lead with 1:26 to play in the half. The Crusaders caught the Indians off-guard with a perfectly executed 40-yard hook and ladder play from Luke Fox to Joe Sikma to Daniel Fynaardt to score as the half expired. Fox's PAT kick was true and tied the game at 14-14 as we entered halftime.
In the third, Luke Fox and Tommy Schmitzer used their legs to push Catholic Memorial steadily down the field, setting up 9-yard touchdown pass from Fox to Fyaardt (Fox PAT) with 4:27 on the clock. Mukwonago fought back, using a 44-yard run by Cole Kaestner to move the offensive chains deep into Crusaders territory. They stalled and Sonnenberg converted a 20-yard field goal late in the quarter.
Leading 21-17 entering the fourth, the Crusaders pounded the rock to control the pace. A quarterback keeper on 3rd & 2 from Fox kept their drive alive, capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Schmitzer (Fox PAT) with 8:32 to play. Trailing by 11, Mukwonago's offense failed to get past mid-field as Catholic Memorial stood their ground. DB Joe Sikma landed a sack on QB Justin Peck on 3rd & 8, and a final pass attempt on 3rd & 10 missed its mark, ending hope of a comeback for the Indians. FINAL SCORE: Catholic Memorial Crusaders 28 - Mukwonago Indians 17
After the final whistle sounded, Sideline Reporter Mike McGivern gathered the victorious Crusaders for the presentation of the Player of the Game Award with the United States Marines to Running Back Tommy Schmitzer, who contributed two scores and 115 yards...
...then presented the Rudig Trophies Game Trophy to Head Coach Bill Young and his Catholic Memorial Crusaders. With this being his 350th win, Coach Young now ties our friend and former Color Commentator, Marquette University High School's Dick Basham.
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