A strong start for the Greendale football team was washed away by a flood of mistakes in a WIAA playoff loss to Plymouth on Oct. 21.
The Panthers broke on top with a 12-yard scoring pass from quarterback Clay Kujawa to receiver Zach Harrison in the opening minutes but struggled mightily after that and eventually dropped a 31-7 decision in a Division 3 contest on the road.
Greendale wound up 7-3 after starting out 4-0.
"We knew going in that we needed to start fast, sustain a fast tempo and protect the football on offense in order for us to win," coach Rob Stoltz said. "While we scored in less than 90 seconds after a five-play drive covering over 80 yards, we then gave up an opening 65-yard run (by Cody Kuhn for a touchdown) after the kickoff. The running back was untouched on his way to the end zone."
Kuhn's burst, plus the extra point, tied the game at 7-7 after one quarter, and the host team added 10 points in the second period to go up 17-7 at the half.
Plymouth put away the game with scores in each of the final two quarters to bring Greendale's season to an abrupt end.
Greendale struggled on offense and committed seven turnovers in the game.
"We had too many missed plays and turnovers, creating a situation where our defense was again on the field too long and for too many sustained drives," Stoltz said. "Seven turnovers and allowing over 300 yards rushing on defense is going to win you exactly zero games, regardless of the opponent."
One of the bright spots for the Panthers was Harrison, who just kept improving during the season and collected 109 yards on eight receptions against Plymouth.