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Mequon Homestead edged Hartland Arrowhead in a close 23-22 encounter in a Wisconsin high school football matchup on August 27.

“I am very happy for our kids, they really played hard, with great focus, and earned a quality victory vs a super talented team,” Homestead head coach Drake Zortman said of the win.

Mequon Homestead hummed like a well-oiled machine through the final quarter, extending the lead with a 16-8 advantage in the frame.

Hartland Arrowhead and Mequon Homestead traded scores with a 67-yard rushing touchdown from Alijah Maher-Parr for Arrowhead and a Joseph Ollman two yard touchdown for Homestead. Arrowhead broke the tie on a 49-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Charles Smith to Collin Argue in the seond quarter.

Both teams were shutout in the third quarter before Homestead took a 15-14 lead on a Tyler Miller one-yard touchdown run and a successful two point conversion. Smith connected with receiver Andrew Weske on a three yard touchdown pass to retake a 22-15 lead. With 41 seconds left in the game, Homestead quarterback Sal Ballstrieri connected with Joseph Rossman on a three yard touchdown with a successful two point conversion to get the 23-22 victory.

“The kids on both our heavy package and our extra point team executed at a high level,” Zortman said. “We trust that our seniors on those units will lead the way, and the 2 point plays are a factor of that.”

Smith went 9-for-22 for Arrowhead for 245 yards and two touchdown passes, while Ballstrieri went 7-for-11 for 77 yards with one touchdown for Homestead. Maher-Parr was the leading rusher in the game with 133 yards rushing for Arrowhead, while Argue and Weske both posted 100 yards receiving for the Warhawks.

Homestead improves to 2-0 on the season, and takes on West Bend East next week, while Arrowhead goes to 1-1 and takes on Waukesha North at home.

“We enjoy the opportunity to be on the same field with very good opponents. Our non conference scheduling helps our team grow and be the best it can be,” Zortman said. “We know that we have to be fully prepared week in and week out coming up in the North Shore Conference.”

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