Panther Football Looks to Finish Season Strong

Alex Waterstraat, Writer

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The Greendale Football team is off to an exciting 5-2 start this year, with wins over rivals Greenfield, Pewaukee, New Berlin West, as well as newcomers to the conference Wisconsin Lutheran and West Allis Central.

The team took a heartbreaking Week 1 loss to Lake Geneva Badger 31-30 when Lake Geneva scored with 1 minute left in the game to take the lead. Week 4 was another tough loss for the Panthers, falling to rival New Berlin Eisenhower 31-0 in a game where the Panther offense didn’t seem to be clicking like it had all season.

In their 7 games so far, the team is averaging 29 points a game, and have won in dominating fashion in 3 of those games by the scores of 31-7 against Greenfield, 56-29 against Wisconsin Lutheran, where the team scored 35 in the first quarter, and 42-0 against West Allis Central.

Greendale’s potent offense is lead by senior quarterback Mitchell Gnadt, a three-year starter, who’s compiled a career record of 14-5.

“Being the quarterback of Greendale is obviously something special, especially with the players who played there before me, like Josh Ringelberg,” Gnadt said. “To have him as a mentor my freshman year has really helped me become the quarterback I am, but I wouldn’t be anything without the guys in front (lineman) blocking for me.”

Matt Derksen, a senior guard for the Panthers, loves playing the line.

“Even though we don’t get to score touchdowns or get a lot of attention, playing the line is  a lot of fun. Getting the satisfaction of knowing you contributed to the score is a great feeling, and is why I love playing line.”

Senior Jared Martines, who starts on defense at linebacker, has enjoyed the season so far.

“With it being my last year of football, I’ve gone all out and given it my all. I think all of us senior’s have that mentality, and because of that, we’ve had a pretty successful season. We have two games left until it’s win or go home, so I’m hoping we keep playing with the confidence we’ve played with,” Martines said.

Greendale plays at Pius this week Friday and a crossover game at home against a team on the other side of the conference next Friday. The team is hopeful that they can go 2-0 and head into the playoffs with a 7-2 record.

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