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Panthers finally earn playoff win

Sophomore quarterback sparks huge win

Oct. 23, 2012

Greendale - Sophomore quarterback Josh Ringelberg passed for 301 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 109 yards and another score as Greendale crushed Wauwatosa West, 41-16, Friday night in a WIAA Level 1 playoff game at West.

The win for the Panthers was their first in the playoffs since moving to Division 2 in 2008. Greendale, which lost to Tosa West, 37-30, in overtime on Oct. 5, put this game away early.

"This was not redemption," Greendale coach Rob Stoltz said. "We just wanted to get a playoff win. Since we got bumped up to D2, we haven't had a playoff win."

His quarterback didn't quite agree with him.

"From the first time we played them we knew who we had to stop," Ringelberg said. "We prepared pretty well (for this game). It was payback."

Ringelberg raced 74 yards for a touchdown with 11:02 in the first quarter and then tossed a beautiful 86-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Cody Kmetz for a 12-0 lead at the 5:59 mark.

"They (West defense) took something away (on the first touchdown)," Stoltz said. "(Ringelberg) read it and did the right thing."

When asked how important it was to get off to a fast start in a playoff game, the enthusiastic Stoltz was quick to reply.

"It's huge," he said. "Football, especially at the younger levels, is built on emotion. Josh is a really outstanding player and he will be the first to tell you our line does a really outstanding job and our halfback (Jake Zywicki) does as well.

"You can't have play action if we don't run the ball well and this is the deepest stable of receivers we've ever had (six deep). We have good receivers and they make plays."

West sophomore running back Demaris Purifoy scored on an 8-yard run and Zach Veit booted the point after to cut the lead to 12-7 with 3:54 left in the first period.

But it was the Ringelberg-Kmetz show.

Ringelberg threw touchdown passes of 33 and 39 yards to Kmetz to begin the second quarter and then added his fourth touchdown pass of the game - 39 yards - to Nate Miller for a 33-7 advantage.

The Panthers added a safety with 44 seconds left, when a bad snap from the Tosa West center went over punter Mickey Morgan's head. Morgan then slapped the ball through the back of the end zone to prevent a touchdown.

Zywicki, who rushed for 110 yards, scored on a 37-yard run to make the score 41-7 with 7:23 left in the third period. Morgan scored from four yards out in the fourth quarter and then the Trojans got a safety.

Kmetz caught six passes for 191 yards and three scores to lead the Panthers. Purifoy rushed for 119 yards on 34 carries for the Trojans.

West played without star running back Jameson Brock and wide receiver Develyn Ferguson.

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