Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
I don't blog about South Milwaukee High School football, even though I go to a lot of the games. But tonight's game against Greenfield is an exception. I don't believe I've ever seen a game like it.
First off, even though the Rockets went into tonight's game undefeated, I didn't have high hopes that their record would hold, given that one of their best players, Ian Pribyl was out with an injury. And things didn't look too good when the Hustlin' Hawks scored on the second play of the game.
After that, though, the Rockets pretty much held their own with Greenfield ahead by only a few points. Then South Milwaukee went ahead 17-13 later in the game and stayed there until less than a minute to go, when the Hawks scored a heartbreaker (for SM) of a touchdown, which put them on top 20 to 17.
South Milwaukee received the kickoff at 27.1 seconds left in the game. The Rockets stayed alive with a series of sideline passes that stopped the clock with about 17 seconds left, then 12 seconds, then 8 seconds.
On the very last play with only 4 seconds on the clock, quarterback Justin Oliden let loose with a 38-yard pass toward the end zone that looked for the world to me like a lost cause. Joe Saskowski was there. He leaped into the air and, miracle of miracles, hauled in the ball as time expired. Pandemonium!!! The Rockets won 23-20.