Football is a game that teaches a lot of valuable life lessons. One of the most valuable is adaptation - Making the most of what the opposition is willing to give you. If you can't go right, go left. If you can't go down, go up. If your opponent won't give you anything - Take it. On this day, The Hitmen would employ this mentality against the Elgin eagles who thought they had discovered a weakness after their impressive debut in week one.
After amassing 250 yards on the ground in previous week, the Hitmen rushing game found yards a bit harder to come by. Elgin had done their homework. Frequently putting 9 defenders in the box, in an effort to stop the overwhelming Hitmen ground game to increase their chances of a victory. However, Muskego's Offensive Line and Running Backs had other plans. Led by reigning IFL Offensive Player of the Year JoJo Moore, the Hitmen would rush for 128 yards to complement the "air attack." Moore would find paydirt on an impressive 16 yard touchdown run. Not to be out done, last week's leading rusher, Darrell Ellison, would scamper in from 10 yards out for a touchdown of his own.
Pei[`durt] -n Noun
Informal. Any source of success or wealth; A fortunat discovery or profitable venture; To Score; The EndZone.
With their focus firmly on stopping Muskego's potent running game, The Hitmen would , quickly, have to adapt. The Hitmen found a good deal of breathing room through the air landing in the endzone on back - to - back series. 'The Rookie', Rob Evans would connection with League All-Star, Camelo Velazquez from 55 yards and 47 yards out early in the game, crushing any hopes Elgin had of shutting down the Muskego Offense. Evans would add a third Touchdown throw to emerging new comer, Justin Henrichs, and one final score via all-star full back Russ Hochstaetter.
From their, returning veteran Andrew Janatis would take over riding the a massive wave of momentum started by Evans. Andrew put together a perfect game going 4 for 4 through the air, including a 74 yard touchdown strike to none other than, Carmelo "He Only Catches Touchdowns" Velazquez. Melo would end up with arguably his best game as a member of the Hitmen, pulling down 6 passes for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns. Much of the success seen by the Muskego Offense can be attributed to the fine play of the Special Teams who kept The Hitmen in excellent field position due to a number of outstanding returns and near perfect kicking from Tyler Hunt and Mike Georgalas.
[`B]awl Hawk -n Noun -a Attitude
A "Ball Hawk" is a player who is always looking for a reason and a means to remove the football from anther human's hands by any means necessary.
Muskego has always been know for it relentless and overwhelming defense. And on this day, they would not be out done. In the face of the eagles at ever turn, The Muskego defense managed to hold Elgin to less than 100 yards of total offense and forcing 2 turnovers. Lead by ILF All-Star, Corey Sticker who blocked a punt and recorded his first sack on the season, more than 12 different Hitmen made their mark on the field with tackles of their won. In addition, linebacker Nolan Sayles forced the first Elgin turnover in perfect "Ballhawk" fashion, as he knifed in the Eagle backfield to force a fumble and then jump on the ball for the recovery as well. Dominique Johnson had the game's only interception for either side - returning the ball 36 yards and deep into Eagle territory. The only score Elgin would come away with on the night came at the hands of a missed tackle leading to an 85 yard touchdown scamper.
In the weeks to come, Muskego will face some of the toughest teams in the league sure to test the limits of what this young and talented team is capable of.
|Passing||22 of 32 for 387.0 yds, 5 TDs & 0 INTs|
|Rushing||22 for 128.0 yds, 2 TDs & 0 fumbles|
There are no Blocking stats
|Receiving||22 catches, 387.0 yds, 5 TDs & 0 drops||Defense|
Carmelo had 6 catches for 209 yards and 3 Touchdowns against the Elgin Eagles, numbers 4, 5, and 6 on this young season. He also posted a 43 yard average on Kick Return. "Melo" has been a leader on and off the field and a great ambassador for the Hitmen. That combined with his stellar performance on the field led to his honor of Hustle Player of the Week!