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Week 5 of the 2019 season of Heiser Automotive Group Thursday Night Lights saw a North Shore Conference battle between the Homestead Highlanders and the Whitefish Bay Blue Dukes on Thursday, September 19th. 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 assembled in Whitefish Bay ready for a great night of high school football.
Community members helped honor The Salvation Army and Community Outreach Manager Ryan Miller from the Milwaukee Distribution Center 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.
Homestead received the opening kick-off. The Highlanders traded punts with the Blue Dukes after stalled drives until Whitefish Bay's Nigel Cheeks ignited the home crowd with a 66-yard touchdown run (Michael Kauffman PAT Good). Homestead's offense responded by capping their ensuing drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Ian Sheehy to Oliver Stewart (Jack Gresham PAT Good) to tied the game 7-7 with just over a minute to play in the first. The Blue Dukes needed only one minute to answer, as Drew Garcia found the open field and put Whitefish Bay back on top with a 82-yard scamper (Michael Kauffman PAT Good).
The Highlanders came out swinging in the second period of play, scoring early and often. Sheehy found Luke Konik for a 45-yard touchdown reception to start the second, then took it into the end zone himself on a quarterback draw from 13-yards out on their next possession (Gresham PATs Good). JJ Covill added a 15-yard touchdown of his own with just over 5 minutes to play in the half, and Gresham's point-after gave the Highlanders a 28-14 lead. The Blue Dukes couldn't get anything going after starting strong in the first half despite a fumble recovery by Israel Blunt late in the second. A high snap resulted in a tackle and turnover on downs deep in the Blue Dukes' own territory, leading to a 26-yard field goal by Gresham to end the scoring in the first half with :24 to play.
The Blue Dukes found their footing and fought back as they took control of the third quarter. Garcia broke free for another scoring run, this time to the tune of 74-yards (Kauffman PAT Good) on the first possession of the half. After the Highlanders missed a 37-yard field goal attempt, Whitefish Bay crossed into Homestead territory thanks to a 38-yard scamper by Cheeks. The drive stalled thanks to a penalty on the 11-yard-line, but the Blue Dukes added a 33-yard field goal from Kauffman to make the score 24-31 heading into the final quarter of play.
Gresham put the lead back to 10 points for Homestead after connecting on a 35-yard field goal with just over 9 minutes left in the contest. Whitefish Bay capped a scoring drive with a 4-yard run from Garcia (Kauffman PAT good) with under 3:00 to play, but Homestead converted on 4th & 2 to seal the victory for the Highlanders in a hard-fought battle out of the North Shore. FINAL SCORE: Homestead Highlanders 34 - Whitefish Bay Blue Dukes 31
After the final whistle sounded, Sideline Reporter Mike McGivern gathered the victorious Highlanders for the presentation of the Player of the Game Award with the United States Marines to Senior QB Ian Sheehy, who threw for 125 yards, 3 touchdowns, and ran for another 55-yards on the ground.
McGivern then presented the Rudig Trophies Team Trophy to Head Coach Dave Keel and his Highlanders.
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