Well, it’s not exactly like the Whitnall Falcons drew it up, but when you wait 12 years for a conference title, you’ll take a piece of the crown any way you can get it.
Even if you lose in wild, wild fashion. And even if you have to share the title with three other teams.
Both happened to the Falcons on Friday.
Whitnall finished the regular season 5-3 after a 56-42 shootout loss to New Berlin West on Friday, but thanks to Greendale’s 42-0 win over visiting Brown Deer, Whitnall remained tied atop the Woodland Conference East Division standings along with Brown Deer.
Meanwhile, the South Milwaukee Rockets defeated New Berlin Eisenhower, 21-16, Friday to work their way into a three-way tie with Brown Deer and Whitnall. It’s the Rockets first title since 1980.
It is the Falcons first Woodland title since 2000.
Senior Zach Sutton completed 27 of 39 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Sam Mentkowski, who returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown in the first half, hauled in 13 passes for 192 yards and two second-half touchdowns.
Jake Brunette also had a huge night for the Falcons with seven catches for 117 yards.
A trio of rushers led the Vikings, including Travis McKeon, who had 16 carries for 171 yards and two touchdowns.
Hawks finish league season strong
The Greenfield Hustlin’ Hawks (2-6), meanwhile, finished their Woodland Conference season with one of their best games of the year, a 28-21 loss to playoff-bound Wauwatosa West.
The Hawks tied the game at 21-21 with 2 minutes, 10 seconds left on a 4-yard TD catch by Reggie Blakely, but the Trojans scored with 17 seconds remaining.
Greenfield will not play in the playoffs but has scheduled a ninth game with non-conference foe West Allis Central for next weekend.