Week 4 of the 2020 season of Heiser Automotive Group Thursday Night Lights presented by Landmark Credit Union saw a Classic Eight clash between the Waukesha West Wolverines and the Mukwonago Indians on Friday, October 16th. 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.
The hosting Indians started the night off with the first possession of the game. The Mukwonago offense methodically worked its way down the field, moving the chains with two successful third down conversions. After a 22-yard gain by Running Back Cole Kestner on an option play moved them to the Waukesha West 10-yard-line, an offensive interference call stalled the drive and negated the first scoring play of the night. Instead of the touchdown, Mukwonago took an early 3-0 lead behind a 30-yard field goal by Sam Sonnenberg.
Waukesha West looked primed to start strong after a kick-off return to their own 34, but Mukwonago's Drew Trudell intercepted a pass on the Wolverines' second play from scrimmage. The Indians once again converted on a third down try to start the ensuing drive in Wolverine territory, but Linebacker Tate Peters returned the favor with a takeaway on a tipped ball on the 17-yard-line. Two plays later, Defensive Back Drew Jurack picked off Tyler Hug's pass to give Mukwonago the ball with just 31-yards between them and the goal line. Quarterback Greyton Gannon connected with Tight End Garrett Gillette, and Sonnenberg added the point-after to give Mukwonago a 10-0 lead. heading into the second quarter after the wild and sloppy first.
In the second, Waukesha West regrouped and, after a near-disaster with the muffed handling of a Mukwonago punt, the Wolverines ate up over half the quarter with a lengthy drive. Aided by an Indian encroachment penalty on 3rd &1 at midfield, the drive was capped by a 14-yard touchdown scamper by Running Back C.J. Grisar. Zach Thomas converted the PAT attempt, and the Wolverines cut the lead to 3. Mukwonago started their next possession on the 33-yard-line and caught Waukesha West off-guard with a reverse to Kaestner for a 15-yard gain. Despite a false start penalty on 4th & 1 from the Wolverines' 29-yard-line, the Indians kept the offense on the field and converted on fourth down to keep their drive moving. With :30 left in the half, Gannon found Max Braun in the end zone for a 27-yard score (PAT miss) to take a 16-7 lead into halftime.
During the Cousins Subs Halftime show, Bubon Orthodontics put a spotlight on two elite student athletes achieving accolades both in the classroom and on the field of play. The resumes of Waukesha West's Colbey Grisar and Mukwonago's Kyle Santos put them both in the running as the week's nominees to earn a share of $5,000 in scholarship money at the end of the season, courtesy of Bubon Orthodontics.
A quiet third quarter saw a trio of series stall and result in punts back-and-forth as the defenses tightened and the teams battled for field position. Mukwonago found themselves near midfield to start their second drive of the half, and rode the legs of Running Back Jake Adams to move deep into Wolverines territory. They opened the 4th with a 5-yard touchdown run from Braun to widen the gap. Sonnenberg converted the point-after to put the Indians ahead 23-7.
Waukesha West fought back early in the fourth, converting twice on 4 & 2 plays to extend the offensive effort and keep hope alive. A pass conversion to Dan Kujawa and QB Draw by Tyler Hug helped move the chains, and a run by Grisar had Mukwonago's heels on the goal line. Hug found Running Back Jason MacIntyre for a 3-yard score to cap the drive, but the two-point conversion attempt failed after a high snap, leaving the contest a 10-point affair with under 4:30 to play. The Wolverines attempted an onside kick but couldn't recover it, and despite forcing a punt by Mukwonago late, simply ran out of time after turning over the ball on downs with seconds left to play. FINAL SCORE: Mukwonago Indians 23 - Waukesha West Wolverines 13
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