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Wauwatosa East came within a two-point conversion of winning its first game of the season.

Scoring with just over three minutes left, the Red Raiders elected to go for two points and the lead rather than attempt an extra point for the tie. The two-point conversion attempt was no good, and West Allis Hale held on for a 21-20 victory at Hart Park on Sept. 30.

The loss dropped Wauwatosa East to 0-7 overall and 0-5 in the Greater Metro.

Hale jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game on touchdown passes of 25 and 31 yards from quarterback Michael Johnson to Brandon Barr.

An 11-yard touchdown run by Red Raider quarterback Luke Lindemann pulled Wauwatosa East to within 14-6 with 10:31 left in the first half.

After a defensive stop, Logan Riemer blocked a Hale punt attempt, which led to a 12-yard touchdown pass from Lindemann to Matthew Kubicek. Jeremiah King ran in the two-point conversion attempt to leave the game tied at 14-14 at halftime.

Hale took a 21-14 lead with 1:56 left in the third quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Aaron Schmidt.

Facing fourth and long late in the fourth quarter, Lindemann hit Donovan Lauda for a gain of 30 yards and a first down. On the next play, King scored from 20 yards out with 3:04 to play.

But Lindemann's pass fell incomplete on the two-point conversion try, leaving Hale ahead, 21-20.

Up next

Wauwatosa East will travel to Brookfield Central for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday, Oct. 7.

The undefeated Lancers (7-0, 5-0) are ranked No. 3 in the Division 2 coaches poll and are chasing their second-consecutive Greater Metro Conference title.

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