Sussex Hamilton found the tipping point, and leaned on it to knock off Brookfield East 35-28 at Sussex Hamilton High on October 15 in Wisconsin football action.
Brookfield East started off the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown run from Simon Lupton to grab a 7-0 lead with 3:47 to go in the first quarter. Nate Kollath put the team on his back with four touchdowns to four different receivers as well as a two-yard rushing touchdown as Sussex Hamilton took a 35-7 lead with 8:30 early in the third quarter.
Quarterback Matthew Schmainda responded for Brookfield East with a scoring run of his own as he connected on a seven-yard touchdown pass with Joe Stewart as his team trailed 35-14 after the third quarter. With 5:02 remaining in the fourth quarter, Schmainda connected on a 16-yard touchdown pass with Nollenn Tabaska to cut the lead to 35-21.
With 20 seconds remaining in the game, Schmainda hit Lupton on a 20-yard touchdown pass on Brookfield East’s final drive.
Kollath led the way for Sussex Hamilton with 195 yards passing with four touchdowns and one interception, while also leading the team with 79 rushing yards. Schmainda led the Brookfield East passing attack with 182 yards passing and 51 yards rushing, while Lupton led Brookfield East rushers with 59 yards on 15 carries and led in receptions with five catches for 91 yards in the loss.
Joey Austin led the way defensively for Brookfield East with 12 total tackles, while Joseph Cheatham and Joe Wilde both had eight tackles in the game. Colby Horn led Sussex Hamilton with 11 tackles, while Alex Eichmann, Derrick Lehner, and Jack McCoy all had nine tackles in the win.
Sussex Hamilton finishes the regular season at 9-1, and will take on Milwaukee Hamilton in first round playoff action at home. Brookfield East finishes at 6-3, and will start the playoffs on the road against Wauwatosa West this week.
In recent action on October 1, Sussex Hamilton faced off against Brookfield Central and Brookfield East took on Menomonee Falls on October 1 at Brookfield East High School. For a full recap, click here.
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