Week 1 of the 2020 season of Heiser Automotive Group Thursday Night Lights presented by Landmark Credit Union saw a Classic Eight Conference clash between the Muskego Warriors and Arrowhead Warhawks on Friday, September 25th. After an offseason of COVID-induced delays and uncertainty for all, the My24 Sports Team is thrilled to be back in the community to showcase our communities' schools and students with our 10th Anniversary season of high school football action.
A special thank you goes out to all of the schools and great community-minded sponsors who work with our team to make the broadcasts a reality each and every week. The condensed 2020 season features a number of special Friday editions of Heiser Auto TNL, including this season kick-off match-up, in order to accommodate everyone's already strained scheduling needs. We are overjoyed to be able to make the adjustments and take the necessary safety precautions to bring these games into the area's homes, especially at a time where in stadium attendance is so limited for the safety of all.
Any time these two powerhouse programs face-off, you know they're going to put on a show, and this game did not disappoint. The back-to-back defending Division I State Champion Muskego Warriors literally hit the ground running in this contest, with Running Back Alex Current starting the night by cracking off a 79-yard touchdown run. Nikita Gladkov's point-after touchdown attempt failed, leaving the Warriors with a 6-0 lead over the Warhawks. After an Arrowhead three-and-out, Muskego once again put the ball in the hands of Current, who broke through the Warhawk defense for a 70-yard touchdown scamper. The Warriors failed to convert a two-point attempt, giving them a 12 point advantage early on.
After trading punts, Arrowhead's offense shook off some rust late in the first quarter. An 18-yard screen to Running Back Jordan Reneau helped moved the chains during a promising drive that stalled thanks to an intentional grounding penalty. Arrowhead settled for and converted a 39-yard field goal attempt by Tyler Bittman to cut the deficit to 9 early in the second. Muskego once again turned to their storied ground assault, riding the 45-yard gain by Fullback Josh Bulski en route to Current's third touchdown of the half; this time a 15-yard run. The two-point attempt was fumbled, making the score 18-3 with just over 9:00 to play in the half.
The teams traded penalties on the Warhawks' next possession, ending the sequence with a Mason Buehler interception near midfield. The Warriors offense failed to capitalize on their takeaway and punted to Arrowhead in the closing minutes of the half. Quarterback Max Bredeson used his legs to pick up a 26-yard gain on the ensuing drive, taking the Warhawks to the Warriors' 27-yard-line. Muskego penalties gave new life the drive twice, including nullifying a fumble recovery for touchdown to end the half. The Warhawks used the free play to have Bredeson scamper in for a 5-yard touchdown run on a keeper with time expired. Bittman added the point-after, and brought the hosts with eight, trailing 18-10 going into the second half.
During the Cousins Subs Halftime show, Bubon Orthodontics put a spotlight on an elite student athlete achieving accolades both in the classroom and on the field of play. The resume of Muskego's Sara Jochims puts her in the running as the first nominee to earn a share of $5,000 in scholarship money at the end of the season, courtesy of Bubon Orthodontics.
Returning to the field-level action, Arrowhead failed to ride the wave of momentum they had heading into the half, punting away the ball after a three-and-out series. Muskego pounced on the opening to reassert dominance in the trenches. Alex Current found the end zone green after a 49-yard scamper (Gladkov PAT good), giving the Warriors a 15-point lead. The Warhawks regrouped and connected on a pass to Wide Receiver Brady Russ on 4th & 4 to keep moving the chains. Jackson Tanke capped the effort with a 1-yard touchdown on 3rd & goal (Bittman PAT good) to make it 25-17 late in the third.
After trading a trio of punts, Arrowhead missed a 44-yard field goal attempt with just under six minutes to play, and Muskego turned to their backs to pound the rock in the fourth. Bulski rumbled his way to a 60-yard gain, taking the Warriors to the 36 yard-line of the Warhawks, and Current added a fifth scoring play to his night's tally with a second 15-yard touchdown (Gladkov PAT good) with just under 3:00 on the game clock. Arrowhead fought to the end, using a nice kick-off return to their own 43 yard-line to set up a late scoring drive. With just :08 on the clock, Max Bredeson ran his second touchdown of the night in on 4th & 2 from the 5 yard-line. Bittman's point-after brought Arrowhead within eight, but a failed onside kick sealed the victory (29th in a row) for Muskego. FINAL SCORE: Muskego Warriors 32 - Arrowhead Warkhawks 24
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