Week seven of the 2017 season of U.S. Cellular Thursday Night Lights presented by Northwest Surgery Center featured a Woodland Conference showdown between the Greenfield Hawks and undefeated Whitnall Falcons, on Thursday, September 28th. The My24 Sports Team, our sponsorship partners, and fans of all ages packed the stands at Falcon Field on a beautiful night for football. Members of the United States Army presented the Color Guard, and the seventh game of the season got officially underway.
The Salvation Army had barrels on site to collect book donations for their drive (with a goal of collecting 10,000 books) from supportive fans, and the fans were happy to answer the call! Whether or not you'll be in attendance at a U.S. Cellular Thursday Night Lights broadcast game this season, you can donate new books to support The Salvation Army's goal of providing area children books this holiday season.
On the field, the game was an even-matched, slow burning thriller between the conference rivals. Whitnall drew first blood in the Battle of the Birds, connecting on a 14-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. Greenfield took a bit longer to get their bearings in the contest, with their only real first quarter excitement coming on a botched punt attempt that turned into a first down thanks to a heads up scramble. The Hawks found end zone green at the start of the second quarter, coming on a quarterback keeper from within the 1-yard line. An exciting final minute of play saw Greenfield block and recover a punt on Whitnall's 24-yard line. The Falcons intercepted an end zone pass with :33 left in the half to end the threat and send the game to halftime with the teams knotted at 7s.
At halftime, two lucky fans were chosen to take the field with a chance to throw three 20-yard passes at a tarp's target on the 50-yard line. Various prize values are represented on the tarp, with a bullseye netting the contestant $5,000 in home renovation package value from Window Depot of Milwaukee. The night's contestants connected for $100 and $1,000 wins, and more fans will get the same opportunity each week for the rest of the season!
The teams traded blows in the third quarter of play. Greenfield would recover a Whitnall fumble that occurred on a 4th & inches play call, and would later execute and convert a fake punt on 4th & 17. The Hawks failed to capitalize, however, as the drive would end with a turnover on downs as the Falcons stalled the drive on a 4th & 5 attempt. Whitnall broke the tie by connecting on a 33-yard field goal attempt with 8:38 left to play, taking a 10-7 lead. The lead would be short lived, as Greenfield connected on a 32-yard touchdown pass with just over 5 minutes left to play. In a huge play on special teams, the Falcons blocked the extra point attempt, holding Greenfield to a 3 point lead. Whitnall wasted no time on the ensuing drive, feeding off the block's momentum and scoring less than a minute later on a 40-yard scamper to reclaim the lead, 17-13. Greenfield used all 4 minutes they had to work with, converting on a 4th & 7 attempt from Whitnall's 19 yard line to keep their hopes alive with :44 left to play. With :08 on the clock, the Hawks looked to connect in the back corner of the end zone, but the Falcons would swoop in the bat hope away as time expired. FINAL: Whitnall Falcons 17 - Greenfield Hawks 13
Now in its eight season of broadcasts, U.S. Cellular Thursday Night Lights presented by Northwest Surgery Center is an effort of the My24 Sports Team to put a spotlight on local high schools and their talented students and faculty members, as well as community members effecting positive change and contributions. Scholar Athletes are nominated for recognition by their schools each week, with one student set to receive a $5,000 College Scholarship courtesy of Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin.
Watch the complete game broadcast above, including the Window Depot Pre-Game Show, and keep it locked to My24Milwaukee.com all season for more U.S. Cellular Thursday Night Lights presented by Northwest Surgery Center action!