The Cudahy football team ran into a Brick wall on Friday night, as host Greendale rolled 49-19 to a second consecutive Woodland-Black Conference title behind its senior quarterback.
Sam Brick compiled more than 300 yards of offense and five touchdowns for the Panthers (8-1, 8-0) against the Packers (4-5, 4-4) on Friday night.
“He’s a phenomenal talent,” Greendale head coach Rob Stoltz said. “Running the ball, throwing the ball, we expect so much out of him.”
After running back Jake Zywicki (13 rushes, 166 yards) capped the opening drive of the game with a one-yard touchdown run, Brick dismantled the Cudahy secondary for the remainder of the half.
He connected with receiver Brett Nethery on a pivotal 4th down and 12 on the team’s second offensive series and on the next play strolled into the end zone on a one-yard run.
A interception by Gaelan Seibold, one of three Cudahy turnovers, set up Brick’s second one-yard run and gave Greendale a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The fast start was something Brick wanted to see, especially heading into the postseason.
“Usually, our defense steps it up and our offense doesn’t get it going for awhile,” he said. “We wanted to come out and prove for the playoffs that our offense can handle its own, and I think we did that.”
Brick hit Nethery in stride for a 36-yard touchdown to cap a 70-yard drive early in the second quarter before Cudahy finally got on the board.
The Packers utilized gimmickry to jumpstart the offense as quarterback Angel Ramirez caught a 59-yard option pass from Jeff Hauenstein.
Ramirez scored on a one-yard run to make it 28-6, but Brick answered on the next series with a 57-yard touchdown pass over the middle to senior tight end Kennedy Ringelberg.
“Tonight, we didn’t play our best football,” Cudahy coach Ryan Serfort said. “When you are put in a big hole like that you are just trying to rally the troops and keep it close or respectable.”
Ramirez connected with Collin Eichner for a 25-yard score on the next series, but again Greendale answered as Ringelberg took the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and 42-13 halftime lead.
Cudahy started the third quarter with a six-minute, 13-play drive but came away with nothing after missed on a fourth down pass into the end zone from the six yard line.
After Tommy Schultz picked off freshman Josh Ringelberg, who came on for Brick, running back Dillon Tycz capped a short drive with an eight-yard touchdown run.
Leading by 23, Brick returned to the game late in the fourth quarter to lead the team on its final scoring drive, which he finished with another one-yard run on fourth and goal.
Brick finished 9 for 12 for 206 yards and added 95 yards on 10 rushes.
As a team, Greendale put up 491 yards of offense including 282 on the ground.
“We’ve hung our hat on our offensive line all year, and today was a continuation of that,” Stoltz said. “We made a statement offensively early up front and through the air.”
Now the Panthers will look to build on that momentum into the playoffs.
Despite piling up the statistics, Brick said there is one he wants before he graduates: a postseason win.
“We haven’t won a playoff game since I’ve been here, so it’s really nice to get there as a senior,” he said. “Now we just want to prove we can fight with the best of them.”