In the regular season finale, the Muskego Hitmen were set to take on the Wauwatosa Spartans at Hart Park. Even though the playoff seeds were set, these teams had something to prove going into the post season. Could the Muskego Hitmen take out the class of the AFC, or would they incur their second loss of the season to a respected football team?
It is well known that the Spartans rely on smash mouth football. They will run at you all day and wear down your defense. In this case, the Spartans would run early and run often. The first score of the game came on an inside run by the Spartans, jumping out to a 7 – 0 lead. The Hitmen would follow by marching down the field, eating up time and ground. Unfortunately, the Hitmen were unable to punch the ball into the end zone, settling for a perfect field goal by Mike Georgalas. The two teams would battle back and forth until an errant turnover inside the Hitmen 10 yard line would lead to another Spartan touchdown. The score going into halftime would read 14-3, Spartans. Knowing that the Spartans were fierce competitors, the Hitmen would need to bring their “A” game to win this contest. Unfortunately for the Hitmen, they would dig an even deeper hole coming out of half.
The Spartans would score on a long passing play to increase their lead to 21-3. The only offensive Hitmen touchdown of the game would come on the legs of Darrell Ellison. A short, sweeping run would give the Hitmen a little life, bringing the game to 21-10. The Spartans would tack on an additional field goal and take a 24-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Sensing that the team needed a spark, Carmelo Velazquez would take the ensuing kick-off down the right sideline, hurdling the kicker, and scoring on what would prove to be a fantastic igniter for the Hitmen, rousing the crowd and the sidelines. While giving the Spartans a run for their money, the deficiencies from earlier in the game would prove to be too much to overcome over the course of the game. The Hitmen would be stopped on a 4th and 1, killing their momentum and ultimately sealing their fate.
Specials teams would give the Hitmen a fighting chance all day, with Melo netting 110 kick return yards and Dominique Johnson adding 80 punt return yards. Justin Rogers would also add an interception during the course of the game, but the 21-3 hole the Hitmen put themselves in would be too much to climb out of. With a final score of 24-17, the Hitmen would come out of the game knowing that they left a lot on the field. Next week, the slates are wiped clean and a new season begins. Muskego will host the Elgin Eagles in a first round playoff game at the IFL’s historic Milwaukee Sports Complex.
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Carmelo led the game in receiving yard, found him self in the endzone numerous times. His electrifying return on a kick off gave the team the lift it needed right when it need it. Carmelo has been dedicated to finding the endzone, this time it came at the most opportune time possible.