Entering the season, Matt Good felt Wauwatosa West had a chance to be a very successful unit.
The Trojans have backed that sentiment up through two games. After shutting out Grafton, 31-0, on Aug. 26, Wauwatosa West finished the nonconference portion of its schedule having allowed just six points.
"There's no doubt defense right now is our strength," Good said. "They are playing like that, which is what we have to have. They keep getting better. They are making reads better. They are flying to the ball. They are starting to create turnovers. They are really doing a nice job for us."
Against Grafton, Paris Howell gave Wauwatosa West a 7-0 lead on a 45-yard touchdown run with 5:06 left in the first quarter. After the Wauwatosa West defense gave the offense a short field with a turnover, Cameron Walker made it 14-0 with a 10-yard touchdown run.
The Trojans took a 17-0 lead at halftime on a 31-yard field goal by Henry Tyson as time expired.
"We jumped on them pretty quick," Good said. "Our defense created a turnover that gave us a short field so that definitely helped us. We kind of stalled out on offense a bit. We were moving the ball, but we just couldn't punch it in the end zone."
Howell added fourth-quarter touchdown runs of eight yards and 26 yards to help the Trojans pull away. He finished with 189 yards and three touchdowns and has rushed for 331 yards and six touchdowns through two games.
Walker carried the ball eight times for 39 yards and A.J. Moorer gained 24 yards on seven carries.
"We run the ball at Tosa West, that's no secret," Good said. "We were able to get Paris the ball in different spots, but a lot of credit has to go to his teammates, because they are doing what they have to do to make sure he has the holes. When we do things right, we're really hard to stop offensively."
Wauwatosa West's defense limited Grafton to just 83 yards, including 29 yards on 23 rushing attempts. Blackhawks quarterback Hayden Proefrock had 12 completions, but they went for a total of 54 yards. The Trojans held running back Vincent Giorgi to 32 yards on 14 carries.
The lone touchdown against the Trojans in non-conference play came after a muffed punt gave Wauwatosa East a short field to work with in the season opener.
"Our defense was outstanding," Good said. "It was what we expected. Our front four was very, very good. Our secondary covered very well and our linebackers played as well as I've seen them play."
The defense of the Trojans will be challenged right off the bat in Woodland Conference play, as Wauwatosa West will host the potent offense of New Berlin Eisenhower on Sept. 2. The Lions (1-1) have scored 82 points in two games.
New Berlin Eisenhower is one of the teams Wauwatosa West will have to get past in order for the Trojans to accomplish their goal of winning a Woodland West championship.
"Coach Kern has done a great job getting that program back up and running," Good said. "They do a lot of things well. We're going to have to do things equally as well as them. We feel good that the game is on our home field.
"We're right where we want to be and right where we thought we would be. We have to continue to shore things up and get better."