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The Whitefish Bay Blue Dukes fell to the Homestead Highlanders at Lubar Stadium on Friday night, 26-7.  The loss was the Dukes second of the year and leaves them with a 3-2 (3-1) record, locked in a 4-way tie for second place in the North Shore Conference.

After the Dukes D forced Homestead to punt on their first possession, the Blue Dukes Offense put together an 11-play drive lasting nearly 6 minutes that resulted in a Jack Nau 6-yard rushing touchdown to put Bay up 7-0 in the 1st quarter.  The Blue Dukes would force a three-and-out on the Highlanders next possession and a short punt gave the Blue Dukes good field position with just over a minute remaining in the quarter.  A costly fumble three plays later, however, allowed Homestead to get their first points on the board with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Sal Ballstrieri to Tyler Miller.  That would be the beginning of 19 unanswered points for the Highlanders, who took a 19-7 lead into halftime.

Whitefish Bay started the second half by putting together a 6-minute drive that ultimately stalled out at midfield.  Even though Homestead gave the ball right back to the Dukes by fumbling the punt, they failed to capitalize and turned it over on downs 4 days later.  Homestead added their last touchdown on a 63-yard pass early in the 4th quarter, making it 26-7.

Senior running back Nigel Cheeks led the Blue Dukes offensively, rushing for 127 yards on 24 carries.  Defensively, Nick Jorndt (6), Joe Brunner, (6), and Sean Callahan (5) led the team in tackles.

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Next Up…

The Blue Dukes make the drive up to West Bend East and look to bounce back against the Suns on Friday, September 24th at 7pm.