Pewaukee quickly erased the bitter taste from last week's loss at Greendale by thumping visiting Wauwatosa West on Friday night, 41-13.
"We talked a lot about forgetting last week and moving forward," Pewaukee head coach Justin Friske said. "We try to strive on being 1-0 every week. We wanted to get off to a hot start again and get a streak going. We talked all week about letting our play speak for itself."
The victory kept the Pirates (4-1, 2-1) near the top of the Woodland West Conference standings, while the Trojans dropped to 3-2 overall, 1-2 in the conference.
Pewaukee senior quarterback Ben Tenpas suddenly sparked a slow first quarter with a 65-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Matt Wendelberger down the middle of the field.
Much of the first half lacked excitement, but when the Pirates' Evan Hansen returned a punt 45 yards to the Trojans 14 in the waning moments of the second quarter, Pewaukee had a chance to pull away. Six plays later, Tenpas crept in from the 1-yard line to put the Pirates up 14-0 at halftime.
"(The big plays) at the end of the half motivated us," Wendelberger said. "We were able to carry some of that into the second half and just play as well as we know we can."
The Pirates extended the lead to 21-0 on the first possession of the second half after a nine-play drive capped by a 19-yard touchdown rush from senior running back Ryan Stepanovich. It was the first score in a five-touchdown third quarter.
The Trojans got on the board shortly after on a 37-yard burst up the middle from junior running back Demaris Purifoy.
"Purifoy on those trap plays has unbelievable speed up the middle," Friske said. "We were worried about their explosive capabilities. We had a little advantage on the lines, but if we didn't get a chance to exploit that, it would have been all for naught. Fortunately in the second half, we were able to find a little more rhythm, at least offensively."
After the Trojans surrendered another score and trailed 28-6, Purifoy hit the hole on an almost identical run, this time breaking loose for a 66-yard touchdown. Purifoy finished with 128 yards on 11 carries.
Pewaukee senior fullback Joe Henderson closed out the third quarter touchdown barrage with a one-yard run, and Tenpas hit junior wideout Dominik Johnson for a 65-yard touchdown in the fourth.
Tenpas only went 2-of-6 on the night, but both completions went for scores. Stepanovich and Henderson paced the Pirates on the ground with 13 rushes for 117 yards, and 11 for 92, respectively. Jordan Jones added six carries for 59 yards and a score.
"That was a big positive for us," Friske said. "We asserted ourselves nicely running the ball in the second half. Offensively I was pleased with the balance we struck in the second half. Defensively, there are things to work on. We left some things open and they took advantage, but they have some special guys. Greg Lewis is a stud. And Jameson Brock being hurt is tough, he's a big part of what they do."
For the Trojans, the night was a setback for a team that came in averaging over 40 points per game in its first four contests.
"You have to find a way to overcome injuries," Tosa West head coach Matt Good said. "It's obviously difficult when you've got big guys out, but that's part of football."
West stays on the road next week to visit New Berlin Eisenhower (1-4, 0-3), while Pewaukee goes for two in a row when it hosts Milwaukee Pius XI (3-2, 1-2).
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