It took some time, but Wauwatosa West is playing like the football team it thought it could be in the preseason.
Carrying momentum gained in their upset of Pewaukee to the following week, the Trojans racked up 381 rushing yards in a 64-6 homecoming trouncing of Brown Deer on Oct. 7 in a Woodland crossover game.
"We continued our game from last week," Wauwatosa West coach Matt Good said. "We were physical; we were fast. Our kids played really hard. They earned themselves another really great win."
The game did not have any playoff implications, as the first crossover game between the Woodland West and Woodland East is considered a nonconference matchup.
Wauwatosa West (5-3, 2-3 Woodland) must win at Cudahy in its regular-season finale on Oct. 14 to qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
"Our playoff run started two weeks ago at Pewaukee," Good said. "Then it went to Brown Deer. Now it goes to Cudahy and hopefully somewhere else the following week. We just need to continue to play well, focus on the opponent and do the things we've been doing here. We're a really good football team right now."
Wauwatosa West left little doubt against Brown Deer (0-8, 0-5), jumping out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter.
Javaree Jackson got the Trojans on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run just over a minute into the game. With Wauwatosa West leading, 14-0, Austin Ertl recovered a fumble for a touchdown with 7:37 left in the first quarter.
The Trojans capped their 28-point first quarter with an 8-yard touchdown run by Jacob Braxton.
"For some reason, we've often started slow and waited to see what the other team has before our kids start playing hard," Good said. "We've talked about getting off to a fast start for the past four or five weeks to show teams who we are. We've done a nice job of that (the last two weeks)."
After scoring in the final minute of the first quarter, Wauwatosa West struck in the first minute of the second quarter on a 6-yard touchdown scamper by quarterback Jamil Razza.
Razza scored again from 6 yards out on the Trojans' next possession, while a 22-yard touchdown run by Paris Howell and a 32-yard field goal by Henry Tyson gave Wauwatosa West a 50-0 lead at halftime.
The Trojans' two second-half scores came on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Sam Baierl to Bryan Key with 10:09 to play in the fourth quarter and on a 10-yard touchdown run by Nick Smukowski.
Wauwatosa West had 13 different players carry the ball for 381 yards. Howell led the way with 142 yards on eight carries, while Braxton gained 56 yards on five carries and Kyleon Parker ran for 52 yards on six attempts.
"It is a great thing for our younger kids to be out on the varsity field in a homecoming game," Good said. "To get that experience is just a real positive thing for them. Our younger kids lift, run and do all the work our older kids do. It is nice for them to be rewarded and get on the field."
If the Trojans continue to play as they have the past two weeks, taking down the Packers (2-6, 1-4) should be no problem. Cudahy fell, 22-20, to previously winless Pius XI on Oct. 7.
"Our kids have really improved a lot over the past two weeks," Good said. "I don't know why that is. Something finally clicked for us. Practice was solid, and we hit the floor running in the game again. We're getting to be the team we thought we had in the preseason. We're starting to be a real good football team."