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Falcons Clinch Title Share, Playoff Berth

Whitnall sneaked out a win over Cudahy on Friday. Meanwhile, Greenfield was shut out by Brown Deer and had its postseason hopes dashed.

A failed two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter helped Whitnall seal a share of its first Woodland Conference title since 2000 on Friday.

The Falcons rebounded from a 34-13 loss the previous week to Brown Deer to beat Cudahy, 22-22, at Falcon Field in the annual homecoming game.

The win was huge for several reasons. First, is guaranteed the Falcons will be playing in the WIAA postseason after wrapping up the regular season at New Berlin West on Oct. 12. Whitnall improved to 5-2 in league games, assuring themselves a spot in the playoff field.

In addition, the victory moved Whitnall to 4-1 in Woodland East games, tying them with Brown Deer atop the final division standings.

In the win over Cudahy, Whitnall quarterback Zach Sutton hooked up with Sam Mentkowski for a 59-yard touchdown with 6 minutes, 42 seconds remaining. The extra-point kick gave the Falcons a 22-14 lead.

But the hapless Packers did not go away quietly. Cudahy scored a rushing touchdown with just 7 seconds left, but the two-point conversion was unsuccessful and the Falcons escaped with a two-point victory.

Mentkowski scored the Falcons other two touchdowns as well, collecting a 27-yard pass from Sutton in the second quarter and scoring on a 90-yard kickoff return with under a minute remaining in the first half.

Hawks' playoff hopes ended

Meanwhile, the Greenfield Hustlin’ Hawks’ postseason dreams came to an abrupt halt with a 33-0 loss to visiting Brown Deer on homecoming night.

With the loss, Greenfield dropped to 2-5 overall. The Hawks finish the regular season at Wauwatosa West on Oct. 12.

Mitchell Molbeck October 10, 2012 at 05:09 PM
To make things clear, Whitnall has not locked up a spot for the conference title. Everyone thought they did with a win over Cudahy, including the coach. If the Falcons win friday then the conference share will be theres for sure. If Whitnall loses they need Brown Deer to lose to Greendale as well.
David Cotey October 10, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I'm checking on that Mitchell. I was told by a conference athletic director earlier this season that the conference titles (East and West Divisions) would be decided based on the five division games only, because each team plays a different set of three cross-over games. Under that scenario, both Brown Deer and Whitnall are 4-1 in division games, and share the title. If all eight games count toward conference standings, then the scenario you outlined is right on. I'll get back to you when I get it straight.
David Cotey October 10, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Hey Mitchell ... got it all cleared up and wrote this story: http://greenfield.patch.com/articles/whitnall-has-not-clinched-football-title-yet

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