After dropping its first two Woodland West games, Wauwatosa West couldn't afford a slip-up against Pius XI.
The Trojans took care of business, rolling to a 40-0 halftime lead in a 53-6 win over the Popes at Raabe Stadium on Sept. 15.
At 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the Woodland, Wauwatosa West is still right in the mix to earn a playoff berth for the second consecutive season. The Trojans need two wins in its three remaining games that count toward playoff eligibility: Sept. 23 against New Berlin West, Sept. 30 against Pewaukee and the second Woodland Crossover game on Oct. 14.
Senior running back Paris Howell ran for 138 yards and four touchdowns on nine carries against Pius.
It was senior Cameron Walker that gave the Trojans the lead, however, as he scored on a 9-yard run and on an 8-yard catch from quarterback Jamil Razza in the first four minutes of the game. Howell then rattled off a 60-yard touchdown run to give Wauwatosa West a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Howell scored on runs of 6 and 8 yards in the second quarter, while Razza connected with Walker for a 39-yard touchdown.
After Pius got on the board early in the third quarter on 52-yard touchdown pass from Tylen Rhodes to Jonathan Lee, Wauwatosa West answered on a 3-yard score by Howell.
Senior Michael Green capped the scoring for the Trojans with a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Razza finished 6-for-9 for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Walker scored three touchdowns and finished with 81 yards receiving and 31 yards rushing. Senior Jacob Cieszynski carried the ball seven times for 69 yards.
Wauwatosa West will travel to New Berlin West (1-4, 0-3 Woodland) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, to face the Vikings.
The Vikings' lone win of the season was a 36-34 victory over Milwaukee Lutheran on a last-second touchdown pass on Aug. 26. New Berlin West has lost 13-0 to Greendale, 34-0 to Pewaukee and 42-8 to New Berlin Eisenhower in conference play.