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Border Battle Upset! Indians Drop Chargers 24-21

Menomonee Falls and Sussex Hamilton met in the annual gridiron border battle under the lights of Schumann Stadium Friday. The Indians dished the Chargers their first lost of the season.

The New York Mets and the New York Yankees had the “Subway Series”. The Brewers and the Cubs have the “I-94 Rivalry”.

The Menomonee Falls Indians and the Sussex Hamilton Chargers have the “Highway 74” rivalry.

The Chargers and Indians will renew their cross-town rivalry under the lights at Schumann Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday. The Chargers come into burgundy and grey country with a perfect 4-0 record, and a 3-0 Greater Metro Conference record.

The Indians are hoping to knock the Chargers from the ranks of the undefeated, and fall into a tie for second in the conference.

Menomonee Falls Patch will be bringing you the big plays as they happen right here from kick off to the final snap. Check back here at 7 p.m. to follow the team on Patch. Video highlights of tonight's game will also be posted later in the night.

FIRST QUARTER

Q1, 12:00: Falls will return the opening kick. Cool crisp Falls night in Falls, just a few clouds.

Q1, 11:53: Falls takes the opening kick to the 37 yard line. We're underway.

Q1, 10:51: Justin Johnson hauls in a 17-yard pass, an unnecessary roughness penalty tacked another 15 yards onto the play. Falls in Chargers terrritory.

Q1, 9:56: Falls' Adam Vechart just sacampered 27 yards to pay dirt, but scoring play was called back by a holding penalty.

Q1, 8:31: TOUCHDOWN! Cole Hernikl catches a 15-yard pass from Adam Vechart for the first score of the game. Extra point is good. Indians 7 - Chargers 0

Q1, 5:12: Chargers' first drive stalls. Good punt puts the Indians at their own 12 to start its second drive.

Q1, 4:17: BIG PLAY! Indians running back Christian Almonte sprints 54-yards on a sweep to the outside. Ball at the 10 yard line.

Q1, 2:06: TOUCHDOWN! Adam Vechart scores on a 1-yard run. Extra point is good. Indians 14 - Chargers 0

Q1, 0:37: TURNOVER! Chargers fumble, and Falls recovers at the Hamilton 31-yard line.

End of first quarter

SECOND QUARTER

Q2, 10:31: Falls turns the ball over on a failed fourth-down conversion. Chargers take over at their own 25 yard line.

Q2, 7:57: Chargers driving, and running back Drew Patterson is helping the team move the chains. Ball at the Indians' 19 yard line.

Q2, 5:59: TOUCHDOWN! Chargers' Drew Patterson hits pay dirt on a 12-yard run up the left side. Extra point good. Indians 14 - Chargers 7

Q2, 2:24: Falls gets back 17 yards on 3rd and 21, forced to punt. Chargers will take over at the Chargers' 2 yard line.

End of second quarter

THIRD QUARTER

Q3, 12:00: Falls kicking off to the Chargers to start the second half. Big return by Drew Patterson, roughly 40-yard return to open the half. Chargers take over at the Indians' 37 yard line.

Q3, 8:45: Chargers drive stalls, another good punt and Falls will start at its own 5 yard line.

Q3 5:50: BIG PLAY! Falls' Adam Vechart connects with Justin Johnson for an 80-yard gain. Ball at the 5.

Q3, 5:44: TOUCHDOWN! Falls' Cole Hernickl punches it in on a 5-yard run. Extra point is good. Indians 21 - Chargers 7

Q3, 5:33: TURNOVER! Falls recovers a fumble on kick return. Falls takes over at their 49 yard line.

Q3, 4:38: Christian Almonte with a 26-yard bruising run. Falls threatening to score again.

Q3, 1:27: FIELD GOAL! Alec Knuese knocks in a 23-yard field goal to extend the lead. Indians 24 - Chargers 7

End of third quarter

FOURTH QUARTER

Q4, 12:00: Chargers will open the quarter with the ball on the Indians' 4 yard line. Looking to close the gap.

Q4, 10:48: TOUCHDOWN! Chargers' Drew Patterson runs hard for a 5-yard touchdown. Extra point is good. Indians 24 - Chargers 14

Q4, 9:40: Chargers defense comes up big, Falls goes three-and-out on its next possesion. Forced to punt. Drew Patterson fumbled the return, but Chargers recovered.

Q4, 8:14: TURNOVER! Falls' Mike VanAlstyne intercepts Mark Gryszkiewicz's pass. Indians take over at the Chargers' 29-yard line.

Q4, 6:36: Falls goes three-and-out again, and are forced to punt. The punt sailed into the end zone and the Chargers will take over at their 20-yard line.

Q4, 4:29: Chargers are driving. 2nd and 12 at the Indians' 29-yard line.

Q4, 2:59: 2nd and goal at the 1-yard line for the Chargers.

Q4, 2:24: TOUCHDOWN! Chargers' quarterback Mark Gryszkiewicz sneaks in for a 1-yard touchdown. Extra point is good. Indians 24 - Chargers 21

Q4, 2:11: Chargers appear to recover an onside kick, but referees rule that a Sussex player touched it too early. Falls takes over at the 50-yard line.

Q4, 1:58: Falls goes three-and-out and the Chargers use all three timeouts. Falls punt goes out of bounds at the Chargers 17.

Q4, 0:00: Incomplete pass on final play of the game. Falls knocks off undefeated Chargers at Schumann Stadium.

FINAL: INDIANS 24 - CHARGERS 21

Charger fan September 21, 2012 at 09:46 PM
good luck indians! CPOD Chargers will prevail!
jerry mislang September 22, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Outstanding effort by both teams. Both squads have head coaches who win and lose with class. Both student bodies were well behaved, loud and really into the game. It was great for the band to be there for the whole game. Friday night football between two rivals...if you weren't there, you missed out on what makes Friday night high school football the best sports value money can buy. Come out for this Fridays home game against Marquette game see what I'm talking about.
Chargerfan September 24, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Someone please help me out. When I look at the video above provided by the Patch....it appears Hamilton's onside kick hits off Adam Vechart leg and he reaches and touches it again with his right arm prior to any Hamilton player touching the ball. Am I seeing things?
Chargerfan September 24, 2012 at 09:08 PM
After further review....it should not have made a difference whether or not #12 of MF touched the ball. It appears the ball travels more than the required 10 yards before anyone touches the ball. At that point, either team can recover the ball. Originally, and I think correctly, the refs awarded the ball to Hamilton, since #13 of Hamilton appeared to recover the football. Then the refs huddled and called Hamilton for "illegal touching", which would indicate they felt a Hamilton player touched the ball before it went the required 10 yards. I think they messed up this call.....it is too bad, it would have been interesting to see how Hamilton would have done if they had the ball at the 50 yard line with 3 minutes and 3 timeouts instead of finally getting it at the 17 yard line with 1 minute and no timeouts. Yes....I'm a Hamilton fan, but tell me if I'm wrong when you look at the video provided by the Patch.
hamiltontheruler September 26, 2012 at 12:31 AM
No you viewed it right. Only to find out that the FALLS WERE CHEATING!
Matt Schroeder September 26, 2012 at 03:36 PM
It's a good question ... when I did the video I had to watch repeatedly to see if the ball clipped the leg of No. 11 on Hamilton. And watching it again just now, I still can't tell. If not, there's no question Falls touched the ball first, making it a live ball immediately. Perhaps the Falls Cable Access channel had a better angle; I haven't watched it there.

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