Coach Matt Good and his coaching staff preached all week to his Wauwatosa West football team to put last week's heartbreaking 28-20 loss to New Berlin West behind him.
Trailing Pius XI, 12-0, nearing halftime, it looked like the Trojans hadn't taken Good's message to heart.
But then senior Greg Lewis broke loose for a 51-yard touchdown run with 6 minutes, 4 seconds left in the first half and the Trojans took the momentum into the locker room.
"We had fumbles, we missed open receivers, he had to clean up those things and change that," Good said. "We told our senior leaders you know how to win, now lead the rest of the team take control in the second half."
But it was a sophomore who got the Trojans on the board two minutes into the second half, as running back Truman Tyson, all 5 feet, 9 inches, 150 pounds, raced in from 11 yards out to tie the game at 12-12. Zach Veit drilled the point after and the Trojans never trailed again.
That's because junior running back Demaris Purifoy used his 6-1, 180-pound frame to get in the end zone four times in the final 18 minutes of the second half.
First he scored at 6:37 from 35 yards out. Then he scored at 3:08, punching the ball in from 3 yards out, closing out the third quarter with a 28-12 lead.
It was all Purifoy in the fourth quarter, as he scored on the short and long touchdowns. He ended a drive with a 2-yard run at the 6:13 mark. And then he electrified the crowd with a 96-yard romp to close out the scoring.
He finished with 288 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns, and Good talked about one of his key players afterward.
"Demaris has great straight line speed," he said. "He can take a 3, 4 yard run and turn it into a long gain as he is learning to follow his blockers.
"He has always had great speed, but now he's learning to bounce out from behind his blockers and make the right cuts. He's an extremely talented fellow."
Lewis added 128 yards and a touchdown, giving Good two talented runners along with Jameson Brock, who was banged up a little.
"Greg Lewis is our bowling ball (5-9, 208)," Good said. "We want him to go out and roll over people."
When asked about the Trojans slow start, Good had this to say.
"We thought we could just show up and win," he said. "You have to work for it. I am happy with the bounceback win. Anytime you get a win it feels good."
Good praised Tyson, who stepped in for Brock, Eric Chapman and Veit, who had an interception and two recovered fumbles.
With a mad Pewaukee team, which lost to Greendale last week, waiting for the Trojans on Friday, Good knows his team has work to do.
"There are a lot of things we need to clean up," he said. "On the special teams, defense, offense, we need to get better. Pewaukee is a great team."
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