It was not a pretty two days for the Shorewood/Messmer football team as the Greyhounds dropped their storm-delayed opener to a red-hot Milwaukee Rufus King team, 37-0.
The Greyhounds started the game at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, but like many other games in the southeastern Wisconsin area that night, games were postponed and outright suspended by a strong line of thunderstorms that poured through the area. Almost all of these games, including King and Shorewood/Messmer, were at the half when the storms came through.
Due to extenuating circumstances, the game could not be completed until Monday, Aug. 22. King led at the half, 24-0.
Greyhounds coach Chad Hofmann was a bit disappointed by the effort, but said that everything that went wrong is correctable.
"They hit us with a couple of big plays early, and we had some sloppy tackling," said Hofmann. "It was absolutely a case of us beating ourselves. We'd get out of position and we wouldn't make plays."
The Greyhounds don't have much time to lick their wounds, having to get ready for a trip to area nonconference rival Nicolet at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. The Knights broke a four-year losing streak with a 13-12 victory over Waukesha South on Aug. 19 (see separate story).
"I don't like the short prep week, but we'll make the best of it," said Hofmann.
King had touchdown runs of 41, 7 and 26 yards in the first half and then returned a punt 60 yards and completed a pass for 47 yards for two more scores after play resumed.
The Generals had a total of 188 total yards on the ground, averaging 6 yards a carry. King is considered the overwhelming favorite in the City Conference this fall.
"They won the game at the point of attack," said Hofmann.