Expectations surrounding the two Wauwatosa football programs are very different.
Wauwatosa West expects to contend for a Woodland West championship, while Wauwatosa East is hoping this season is the first step in a rebuilding process under a new coach.
The difference between the two teams showed Friday in the annual Battle for Tosa, as the Trojans kept the rivalry sword for the fourth straight year with a 35-6 victory over the Red Raiders at Hart Park.
It was likely the last nonconference meeting between the schools, as WIAA realignment currently has Wauwatosa West joining Wauwatosa East in the Greater Metro in 2017.
With lightning in the area, the start of the game was delayed by 50 minutes. It didn't take Wauwatosa West long to seize control once the game kicked off.
"When they finally got to go, they were ready to go," Wauwatosa West coach Matt Good said. "We physically wore them down right away. That's what we thought we could do. We were able to jump on them and hit some big plays."
The Trojans went up 7-0 just over two minutes in on a 2-yard touchdown run by Paris Howell. Two plays after Wauwatosa West's defense forced a three and out, Howell broke free for a 76-yard touchdown to make it 14-0.
Wauwatosa West went up 21-0 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Cameron Walker with 11:23 left in the second quarter.
"I think West did a great job ready to be physical right from the start," Wauwatosa East coach Matt Kender said. "I think we felt it out a little bit."
The Trojans temporarily allowed the Red Raiders back into the game when Wauwatosa East recovered a muffed punt at the West 35-yard line. The Red Raiders then drove the ball inside the 1-yard line and were facing third and goal when the officials spotted lightning and halted the game with 5:47 left in the first half.
On the second play after the 40-minute delay ended, Red Raiders quarterback Luke Lindemann scored on a keeper on 4th and goal to pull Wauwatosa East to within 21-6.
Just as the teams seemed to hit a rhythm after the second delay, the game was halted for an 18-minute halftime session.
"Any time kids have to start and stop, they are emotional," Good said. "It is hard to get them going, stop them, get them going and stop them. Some sloppy play was a result of that."
Wauwatosa West scored on its first possession of the third quarter to go up 28-6 on a fourth-down reverse A.J. Moorer took 21 yards for a touchdown. The Trojans made it 35-6 on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Jamil Razza to Howell.
In his first varsity start at quarterback, Razza went 8 for 9 for 138 yards and a touchdown. Howell ran for 142 yards on 13 carries and caught three passes for 64 yards. Walker finished with 65 yards on 11 carries, and Moorer ran four times for 69 yards.
"Paris (Howell) is a special player," Good said. "We're going to give the ball to him a lot this year. He's kind of the next guy in line. We're going to give him the ball. He knows that, the offense knows that. It was good to see him in the open field again."
While on the wrong end of the final score, Wauwatosa East could draw positives in Kender's first game in charge.
Instead of letting the game get away from them, down 21-0, the Red Raiders hung right with the Trojans and were only outscored 14-6 from early second quarter on.
Avery Luckett led the Wauwatosa East ground attack with 74 yards on 14 carries. Jeremiah King ran four times for 39 yards and Cyrus Taylor four times for 36 yards.
"At times, we were able to run the ball, and they are a big, physical team," Kender said. "At times, it wasn't there. We need to keep coming along with the running game because we can't just be a dropback pass team.
"We need to be able to get through tough spots because sometimes we are going to be able to come back. Right now, the first lesson is to keep fighting, because eventually, something good is going to happen for us."