Catholic Memorial makes its mark in conference of champions
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MILWAUKEE – These days, the Classic Eight Conference has become the place to be when it comes to successful high school football.
In a conference that hosts both the Division 1 (Arrowhead) and Division 3 (Catholic Memorial) state champions, it was to be expected that there would be some great performances from teams heading into the home stretch of this year’s football season.
Two of those Classic Eight powerhouses went head-to-head last Friday when the Catholic Memorial Crusaders took on the then-undefeated Waukesha South Blackshirts.
The Crusaders came into the week off of a 12-0 shutout loss to Arrowhead and were looking to rebound. They would do so in a big way, knocking off the 'Shirts, 56-14.
Running back Tommy Garza was a big part of Friday’s win as the Crusaders rushed for 378 yards total.
“I mean, we were angry after the game,” said Garza.
“I think we all knew what we had to do and we came out last week and we just practiced really hard. We knew what we had to do. South was a good team. They were 4-0 and we were 3-1. We wanted to go out there and just prove who we were.”
A huge part of the Crusaders’ success this season has revolved around its stingy defense.
Along with the high-octane offense it accompanies, the Crusaders have managed to outscore its opponents 169-26 through the first five weeks.
Head Coach Bill Young notices the haste and energy his defensive players use to make plays.
“Our kids know the importance of playing hard defense,” said Young.
“(They’re) fundamentally sound and getting where we're supposed to be and getting there with a lot of energy and being good tacklers. That’s what we've been able to do.”
While Catholic Memorial linebacker Matt Rechner appreciates the praise from his coach, he is trying to only looking forward to the next drive and their next opponent, Kettle Moraine.
“We just have to take it one game at a time,” said Rechner. “This week, we got 'KM' and just look to win every game and win every series on defense and just force three-and-outs and punts.”
As the season rolls along in the competitive Classic Eight, the Crusaders have their eyes on winning a state championship.
However, all eyes are on Catholic Memorial, this week’s Team of the Week.