Leszczynski, O-line helps Warriors create big plays.
WAUKESHA — Jacob Leszczynski is easy to spot on a football field. At 6-foot-4, 335 pounds, the Muskego senior tackle is an imposing presence. But when that frame is sprinting downfield, opposing defensive backs are finding out just what their teammates up front are experiencing.
That was the case during a second-quarter run Friday night, and that effort epitomized Muskego football in the Warriors 31-10 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha West on Friday. “We love to get to the second level,” Leszczynski said. “That’s one of our main pillars of our offense.
“But I was hauling. I think that’s probably the fastest I’ve ever ran.” Leszczynski’s block on a 43-yard run from junior fullback Josh Bulski was a dazzling play in a game full of them for the Warriors. Junior running back Alex Current scored on runs of 46 and 35 yards. He also recovered a fumble from Bulski and ran it 14 yards for a score.
He even added a 43- yard touchdown run that was called back by a penalty and a 68-yard run negated by penalty. “It’s pretty easy. I give a lot of credit to our offensive line,” Current said. “We’ve got seven on the line, two backs who block or fake and (quarterback Connor) Grohman who fakes as well. “All 11 guys have a job, and my job was to just run the football.”
Grohman, a senior, also scored on a 22-yard run, and Bulski had many big runs throughout the game. “We just believe in our system,” Muskego coach Ken Krause said. “Our kids enjoy the offense because we share the ball. We consider it a four-back attack. “I think we’re unique in today’s world with all the spread, so we kind of like it like that.”
It’s been no easy start for the defending WIAA Division 1 state champions. The Warriors opened the season with a 14-10 victory over Marquette followed by a 24-7 victory over Arrowhead. Beating West, Muskego’s third straight perennial playoff participant, the Warriors further drove home that they aren’t expecting to slip from last year’s undefeated season.
“Now we know we can play against the top teams in the state again,” Current said. “This game, I think we played a full game for the first time.” But the Warriors know there are still some things to fine tune. Among them are three turnovers (two lost fumbles, one interception) and a few penalties that negated big plays.
“I would say that we definitely have a lot to fix,” Leszczynski said. “We’re definitely not clicking on all cylinders right now. “Being tested early has been big for us.” West fell to 2-1 overall and in league play. The Wolverines did show flashes on offense. But Muskego was able to stifle all scoring drives except for a 28-yard field goal from senior Brent Bartelt.
But that came after West recovered a fumble deep in Muskego territory. West’s final score came late in the game against Muskego’s reserves. “They got some things going on our perimeter and we didn’t make tackles when we needed to,” West coach Steve Rux said. “Bottom line is they kicked our tails tonight.
We just have to bounce back, focus on the next one and get better. “I think we had a good plan, I think we had a good week of practice, we did some good things; but it’s just not nearly enough to match up against a team like (Muskego).