Wauwatosa West lost a game it shouldn't have and as a result made the race for the postseason even harder.
New Berlin Eisenhower rallied from a 28-14 deficit going into the fourth quarter and won, 35-28, with a touchdown in overtime.
West began the game in a hole, giving the Lions a two-touchdown advantage before waking up.
The Lions' Nick Taylor opened the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown run and Nathan Erickson kicked the point after for a 7-0 lead at 7:20 of the first quarter to start the game.
Ike's Nick Ganzke then ran in a 9-yard touchdown with 4:27 seconds left in the first quarter for a 14-0 advantage.
Tosa West got on the board with 24 seconds left in the period when Truman Tyson ran for a 2-yard score. Zach Veit booted the PAT to cut the lead in half, 14-7.
The Trojans then took over the second period with two scores and a 21-14 lead at halftime.
With 8:36 left in the second quarter freshman Rayvon Bartelt Jr. tossed a 60-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Develyn Ferguson to tie the game. With 5:36 left to play, Demaris Purifoy raced 80 yards for a score to end the first half.
West then scored the only third-quarter touchdown at the five-minute mark when Tyson took in his second score on a 14-yard run for a 28-14 lead.
"I figured one more score and we'd be OK," West coach Matt Good said. "But our defense couldn't stop them and when we did, we would fumble. We had three fumbles again."
From then on, it was all the Lions, who capped off three drives with short touchdown runs.
First, Steve Harrell scored on a 1-yard run at the 11:56 mark to cut the lead to 28-21. Then with 1:59 left in the game, quarterback Sam Carey ran in a 1-yard touchdown to tie the game at 28-28 to force overtime.
Ganzke scored on a 3-yard run and Erickson's fifth extra point of the night gave the Lions the win.
Good was disappointed in his defensive line.
"We were not getting off our blockers," he said. "They were engaging our kids and we were not shedding blockers, making tackles."
With Greendale coming to town Friday, the Trojans need to get their act together.
"Turnovers are everything," Good said. "We can't keep putting the ball on the ground. That's not good."
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