Red Raiders blank Trojans
By Joshua Staloch
PULASKI – The Pulaski High School football team played host to Green Bay Southwest Oct. 4 and had little trouble taking care of business,
The Red Raiders secured a 33-0 victory to remain undefeated in Fox River Classic Conference action.
Pulaski (7-0 overall, 7-0 FRCC) has done two things well this season: play suffocating defense and run the ball effectively.
The home team scored four touchdowns (all of them on the ground), while the defense put together another shutout effort.
The Red Raiders have given up 24 points so far this season.
“Our defense has been able to do some pretty neat things this year, and today was another one of those days,” Pulaski head coach Jerad Marsh said. “It’s been a work in progress every week. We have a lot of guys taking snaps who are juniors, so there’s some ebb and flow there. Sometimes we’re really explosive, and other times we’re working through things. They’ve found a way to win so far.”
The Red Raiders started their second drive of the evening from their own 31 and came up with a momentum building play on fourth and two at midfield when Aaron Maroszek broke off a 19-yard run.
Later in the drive on another fourth-and-short play, Ben Redlin powered his way up field for a fresh set of Pulaski downs.
Maroszek then punched it in on the ground from nine yards out on third and one to start the scoring.
Southwest (2-5, 2-5 FRCC) Quarterback Alex Kowalczyk was moving around well, and Javonnee Szymanski picked up some yards, but a couple of costly penalties kept the Trojans from getting into scoring position.
When the Red Raiders got the ball back, Maroszek got a big run on a third-down play deep in their own territory to keep the drive alive.
Redlin, on a first-down running play, got around the corner, slipped a few tackles and barreled his way down the Pulaski sideline for a 62-yard score and a 14-0 lead.
A 25-yard field goal from Isaac Hanke made it 17-0 at the half.
The Red Raiders got an 11-yard score from Joseph Oleary early in the third quarter and then again later in the third on a 9-yard run.
From there, the Pulaski defense closed things out.
Benjamin Laskowski intercepted a Kowalczyk pass on Southwest’s next drive, and the defense notched two points on a safety to start the fourth.
“Give credit to their staff,” said Southwest co-head coach Patrick Wallace. “They did some things against us tonight and exploited some weaknesses we did our best to hide. They deserve all the credit for playing the game they did. On our end, it came down to we had some nice effort at the beginning, but we couldn’t sustain it. The continuity wasn’t there, but our kids still believe in each other – they want to win. They need to find their groove and come together”