Falcons open 3-0 by topping Brillion

by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


SHEBOYGAN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL students cheered on the Falcons in full beach attire, during an Eastern Wisconsin Conference football contest against Brillion Friday, Sept. 4, in Sheboygan Falls. 
Falls Newsphotoby SteveOttman SHEBOYGAN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL students cheered on the Falcons in full beach attire, during an Eastern Wisconsin Conference football contest against Brillion Friday, Sept. 4, in Sheboygan Falls. Falls Newsphotoby SteveOttman There were so many reasons to welcome the Sheboygan Falls High School football team’s 49-13 victory over Brillion in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference football opener Friday, Sept. 4.

Falls hasn’t embraced a 3-0 start since 2006, which was the last season former Falcons’ head coach Dan Juedes led the program.

However, the welcome party had started earlier in the week when current Falls head coach Brian Berlin and his wife greeted the arrival of a baby boy into the Falcon family.

Berlin’s Falcons also welcomed new EWC opponent Brillion by piling up a whopping 544 yards of total offense led by three touchdowns each from running backs Sean Mattek and Josh Becker.

“This was the best week of my life,” said Berlin. “I’m not sure what I was more nervous about, being a new dad or being away from the football team all week. My coaches prepared this team very well.”

Falls scored 42 points in the first half for the second time this season with an explosion of big plays.

Mattek opened the game with a 71-yard scamper for a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead after the extra point from Tyler Beeck with 9:38 in the first quarter.

The Falcons made it 14-0 when quarterback Ryan Schmitt connected with Lucas Kaland on a 27-yard touchdown pass. Beeck’s extra point kick was good with 4:12 left in the quarter.

On the first play of the second quarter, Schmitt found Becker for a 31-yard pass play and Beeck’s point after kick made it 21-0 in favor of the Falcons.

Brillion broke up the shutout with a 5-play, 67 touchdown drive capped with a 2-yard touchdown run from Michael Rieder to cut the score to 21-6. The extra point try was fumbled.

Becker then scored on a 31-yard dash for his second touchdown of the night to make it 28-6 after Beeck’s kick with 6:14 left in the first half.

Mattek then intercepted a pass to set up another score, after starting from the Lions’ 29 yard line.

Schmitt passed 15 yards to Kaland to move the ball to the 14 yard line. On the next play, Mattek went in for a 14-yard touchdown run. The point after by Beeck was good to extend the lead to 35-6.

Falls stopped Brillion right before the end of the half and really made the most of it.

Mattek hauled in a 54-yard touchdown run off of a screen pass from Schmitt to make the score 42-6 with 12 seconds left in the first half.

With a running clock in the third quarter, Becker capped off his big night with a 46-yard touchdown run to vault the Falcons to a 49-6 lead after Beeck’s kick. Becker’s run was set up by a 34-yard run by Dustin Setzer to start the two-play series.

A late 2-yard touchdown run from Brillion’s Rieder made the final score 49-13.

Becker finished with eight carries for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Mattek rushed 12 times for 120 yards and three touchdowns. Setzer ran eight times for 83 yards and Kaland had two catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Schmitt completed 5-of-6 passes for 153 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Dontae Krizenesky led the Lions with 94 yards rushing and Rieder ran for 66 yards and two touchdowns.

“We ran a diverse offense tonight with multiple looks and three touchdown passes,” remarked Berlin. “A lot of our players had an outstanding night.”


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