The 2012 Hitmen motto is simple - “Work to win the next game” This game, however, was special. It was the Season Opener. It was the Home Opener. It was the 10 year anniversary of the inception of the Muskego Hitmen. It would set the tone for the 2012 season. Anticipation was high Well, after a 76-7 Victory over the visiting Fond du Lac Crusaders, the season is off to a good start.This game, however, did not have a good start. The Hitmen offense failed to move the ball on their opening drive, and punted after a 3 and out.
The defense then took over anxious to return the favor. The Defense quickly short circuited a would-be crusader drive with a blocked an field goal, only to fumble the ball trying to advance it and giving possession back to the Crusaders. The turnover was the spark the Cursaders were looking for as it would only take four plays to find the endzone, putting them ahead seven to zero. That would be the last time that Fond du Lac would visit the endzone as the mood on the field suddenly changed.
The turnover and Crusader score seemed to light a fire in the Hitmen offense, and they explode for 11 touchdowns in route to victory. The Hitmen were led by rookie quarterback, Rob Evans, who enjoyed a successful debut. Evans was 8-14 passing for 189 yards and 3 touchdowns in a little over 2 quarters of play. He also added a rushing touchdown. Shortly thereafter, seasoned veteran, Andrew Janatis came in and took over where Rob left off, completing all 3 of his pass attempts – 2 for touchdowns, closing out the game with a perfect passer rating. Kurt
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Kurt Bork is a dominant blocker who has been known to crush defenders with a glancing blow. Six different Hitmen receivers caught a pass, led by Justin Henrichs' who made a stunning debut with 3 catches for 114 yards, earning his first IFL Touchdown with a hard earned 75 run after catch. Carmelo "He Only Catches Touchdowns" Velazquez was perfect. 3 Catches - 3 touchdowns. To top the night off was returning veteran Tight End, Kurt Bork added a touchdown grab of his own. This display of offensive weaponry could not have been possible if it were not for the hard, and often times, over looked work of the offensive linemen.
Not only did they not allow a single sack in the game, they cleared the way for 250 yards on the ground and 476 yards through the air. The rushing attack was led by Darrell Ellison, who rushed for 141 yards on 14 attempts and 3 touchdowns. Russ Hochstaetter and George Randolph also added to those totals with eashe as defenders seemingly cleared a path directly to the endzone. Mike Georgalas was 10-11 on PAT to round out the scoring.
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As successful as the offense was, they would not have had the opportunities that they had if not for the efforts of the Hitmen Defense and Special Teams. After giving up the first touchdown of the game, the Defense settled in and allowed the Crusaders only 112 yards and forced 5 turnovers. The Hitmen were paced by Anthony Evans, who had a great game with 4 solo tackles, caused a fumble and had an interception of his own. However, it did not stop there.
Brandon Blawat and the defensive utility knife, Joe Howard each pulled stray Crusader ball out of the air, recording their first interceptions for the year. and fumble recoveries by Defensive Tackle Rio Sutton and Justin Henrichs on Special Teams. Sutton also added a sack to his stat sheet, along with Defensive Ends Anthony Gilbert and Tom Alexander who notched sacks of their own.
Not to be out done, fellow Lineman, Chris Nelessen, also made his presence known, swatting several passes and punts out of the air with his bare hands. Although a storied franchise in the IFL, the Fond du Lac Crusaders are a young team, but fought hard for 4 quarters of football and showed class both on and off the field. The Hitmen will travel to Wilmot Union High School to take on the Elgin Eagles. The Hitmen will look to keep their momentum going while the Eagles look to bounce back from a week 1 loss at the hands of the Wauwatosa Spartans.
|Passing||11 of 17 for 226.0 yds, 5 TDs & 1 INTs|
|Rushing||28 for 250.0 yds, 6 TDs & 0 fumbles|
There are no Blocking stats
|Receiving||11 catches, 226.0 yds, 5 TDs & 0 drops||Defense|
WR Justin Henrichs had an impressive regular season debut. Not only did he lead the team in receiving yards - 3 catches for 114 yards and a TD - but he managed to record even more Special Teams tackles (4). Hardly ever coming off the field, Justin worked extra hard for the Hitmen this week, securing the award of Hustle Player of the Week. Linebacker turned Center (for one game) Nolan Sayles will also share the honor of Hustle Player for this week. Short-handed on the offensive line due to injuries, Nolan stepped in to fill the void - and he did a great job. Run blocking to the tune of 250 rushing yards while not allowing a single sack all game helped earn Nolan Hustle Player of the Week.