The Catholic Central High School football team looks to be ready for the playoffs.
So does Tyler Burzawa.
The junior wide receiver had five receptions for 146 yards, three of those for touchdowns, and the Hilltoppers will take some momentum into the WIAA playoffs after a 34-0 Metro Classic Conference victory over Martin Luther at Greendale Friday night.
Catholic Central (5-4, 5-2 MCC) struggled somewhat in the first half, coach Tom Aldrich said, although Burzawa’s first touchdown catch, a 74-yarder from sophomore quarterback Ben Heiligenthal, came early in the second quarter.
“We didn’t seem to hit our stride,” Aldrich said of the first half. “But we came out strong in the second half and set the tone up front offensively and defensively.”
The Hilltoppers scored on back-to-back drives in the third quarter, on a 40-yard run by sophomore running back Cole Kresken and a 33-yard hookup between Heiligenthal and Burzawa. The two also connected on a 3-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.
“He’s a fast kid and a strong runner once he gets the ball,” Aldrich said of Burzawa. “Ben still has some growing pains, but he’s improving. He did a nice job managing the game for us.”
Kresken ran for 113 yards on 15 carries and Aldrich said senior fullback Adam Oehlers opened up some big holes.
The Catholic Central defense did its part, holding the Spartans (5-4, 3-4) to 70 total yards and making four sacks and eight tackles for loss. Aldrich singled out senior defensive end Tegan Miles, but said everybody did their part.