Waukesha West's shutout streak takes them two wins from title

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Waukesha West High School has shut out each team in the first three levels of the WIAA Division 2 football playoffs, and they've scored a combined 167 points.
 
“We've all really come together as a team at the right time, and everything is just molding together,” explained senior quarterback Conor Blount.  “You couldn't pick a better time than the playoffs to mold together.”
 
Blount connected with his receivers for five touchdown passes last Friday against Waterford, and linebacker Zach Knaebe had a three-interception night in their 60-0 victory.
 
“Synching on routes and stuff,” senior linebacker Zach Knaebe explained about his monster night.  “The ball was placed right there, more than once.”
 
“I think the turnover ratio is the biggest statistic that we're looking at,” said head coach Steve Rux on his team’s playoff production.
 
“That's really credited to our defense and the way that they've been playing, really securing the football and making good choices on the offensive side.  I think our special teams have played really well, as well.”
 
So well that now the Wolverines are just one win away from a trip to Camp Randall for the second straight season.  Sure, players are excited to hold TODAY'S TMJ4’s trophy, but nothing compares to the ultimate prize.
 
“Holding the silver ball (runner-up trophy) is nothing like holding a gold ball, and we've had that in the back of our minds since last year at state since that clock hit zero,” Blount said.  “We've all worked toward the same goal, which is the gold ball, and hopefully, we can get it this year.”
 
West faces Lake Geneva Badger in the state semifinals on Friday night at Kenosha Indian Trail High School.
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