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For most of the first half, New Berlin West was able to hang with one of the top teams in Division 3.

But in the end, top-seeded Catholic Memorial was too much for the eighth-seeded Vikings, as the Crusaders pulled away in the second half for a 33-6 victory in the first round of the WIAA football playoffs on Oct. 21 at Carroll University's Schneider Stadium.

New Berlin West, which was making its first playoff appearance since 2013, ends its first season under head coach Ben Chossek at 5-5.

After a scoreless first quarter, Catholic Memorial (10-0) took the lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by Jaylen Campbell with 6:48 left in the half. The extra point attempt was unsuccessful, leaving the Crusaders up, 6-0.

Catholic Memorial struck again just six seconds before halftime on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Ben Nimz to Max Cooper. A 2-point conversion made it 14-0 at the break.

A pair of third-quarter touchdown runs by Campbell allowed the Crusaders to take a 26-0 lead into the fourth quarter.

New Berlin West's lone score came early in the fourth quarter on a 47-yard run by Trace Ferreira, who finished with 72 rushing yards.

The Crusaders held the Vikings to just 180 yards and limited running back Max Meleski to 16 yards on 17 carries. It was just the third time in 10 games that the senior did not rush for at least 100 yards.

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