Brookfield East kicker Allen's four field goals boots Beaver Dam
East to face GMC pre-season favorite Marquette Friday
Brookfield East senior kicker Connor Allen booted the Spartans to a 19-0 shutout Aug. 29 at Beaver Dam.
With the loss of sophomore running back Sam Santiago-Lloyd to a broken collarbone, the Spartans had trouble finishing. So Allen took over, booting field goals of 37, 44, 47 and 25 yards. With an extra point, he had 13 of East's 19 points.
In fact, East's only touchdown came on a 71-yard kickoff return by junior Mitch Mikulsky on the opening play.
"Mikulsky was never touched on the play," East coach Tom Swittel said. "He didn't catch it on the fly. It hit the ground and bounced around, and sometimes when that happens, guys are no longer in proper coverage. He went up middle. It was a great way to start the game."
East coach Tom Swittel talked about how the weather, and his offense not being able to finish, influenced his thoughts with Allen.
"There was a nice wind on Friday night, it was warm and we had the wind to our backs when he kicked three field goals in the second quarter," he said. "In the pregame, he was kicking from 50 yards, so I wouldn't have hesitated having him kick from as far away as 53 yards."
With East leading, 16-0, in the third period, two offensive line blow-ups gave the Spartans a third and long. East ran on third down and then Swittel sent in Allen to kick his final field goal.
"I didn't want to throw the ball on third down," he said. "Being up 16-0 is a two touchdown game (plus two 2-point conversions). I knew we could kick a field goal and be up by three touchdowns. Beaver Dam wasn't going to score three touchdowns against us."
Despite his offense not being able to finish, senior running back Corey Smith rushed for 140 yards on 21 carries (6.7 yards per carry) and junior quarterback T.C. Swittel added 64 yards on 10 carries (6.4 YPC). T.C. Swittel also completed 4-for-11 for 50 yards, three going to senior wide receiver Kyle Martin for 38 yards.
As a team the Spartans rushed for 207 yards on 34 carries (6.1 YPC).
"We hardly had the ball in the second half," coach Swittel said. "Our defense bent, but didn't break."
Leading the defense was senior linebacker Drew Hepperla with 10 tackles, while Mikulsky and junior defensive back Will Schmidt had seven tackles each.
Junior defensive lineman Dominic Cartier and senior defensive back Adam Van Rens each recovered a fumble, and junior defensive lineman Jack Leonovicz had a sack.
"It was a weird game," coach Swittel said. "Sometimes when you score early you get lulled to sleep. You think it's going to be an easy game. We didn't respond well. It was a hot and muggy night.
"We were slightly out of sync - the coaches, the players. We weren't sharp, but we went out and got the win.
"We couldn't finish, but we had too many penalties. "We stopped ourselves more than Beaver Dam stopped us. One of our goals was to finish drives. Last year wasn't good either for that. But the things we are doing wrong are fixable."
The Spartans had some good news on the injury front, as all-conference center PJ LeClaire is returning from his knee injury on Friday, Sept. 5 when the Spartans play preseason favorite Marquette (0-2) at 7 p.m. at Hart Park.
"Forget their record, they lost to two quality teams (Wisconsin Lutheran, 35-28) and Loyola Academy, 44-0)" coach Swittel said.
Star Hilltopper quarterback Charlie Greif didn't play against Loyola in the last series of the first half (hand) and wide receiver Mike Thompson didn't play at all.
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