Wauwatosa East quarterback Thomas Harper helped lead a balanced offensive attack to victory with four touchdown passes in a 38-28 win over Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday night. Harper went 13-for-30 for 246 yards in the victory.
After a 19 yard touchdown run, Harper connected with receiver Andy Albinger on a 33-yard touchdown pass to give Wauwatosa East a 14-0 first quarter lead. Shortly after a Jamarkis English four yard touchdown run for Milwaukee Lutheran, Harper responded connecting with Albinger and George Hoyt on two more touchdown passes before going to the locker room with a 28-14 lead.
“Thomas (Harper) and Andy Albinger had a great night. They bracketed AJ (Nichols) the entire game so it opened up some big opportunities for Andy and he really came through,” Wauwatosa East head coach Mike Greinke said.
In the third quarter, kicker Aiden Vandre added on with a 25-yard field goal to extend the lead to 31-14. Milwaukee Lutheran running back Dexter Strong ran for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, while Harper connected with AJ Nichols on a 10-yard touchdown pass for the lone score in the quarter for Wauwatosa East.
“We came out of the gates much better than the previous two weeks, and our defense did play better overall,” Greinke said. “The passing attack was there. They shut down a couple key plays of ours offensively, so we tried some different things and they worked.”
Jayden Lor led the Wauwatosa East rushing attack with 20 carries for 103 yards, while Albinger led all Tosa East receivers with five catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
“Jayden played well despite a lot of miss cues on the offense of line,” Greinke said of the running game. “We haven’t had our offense line coach for the last week he’s been quarantined.”
Quarterback Jatez Fullove led the Milwaukee Lutheran passing attack with 107 yards on 9-for-18 passing with one touchdown and one interception, while Strong had 18 carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the running game.
Wauwatosa East improves to 2-1, and will face Pius XI Catholic next week on the road. Milwaukee Lutheran goes to 1-2 and takes on Wauwatosa West next week at home.
In recent action on August 20, Wauwatosa East faced off against West Allis Nathan Hale and Milwaukee Lutheran took on Grafton on August 20 at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. For a full recap, click here.
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