By taking care of business against winless Pius XI, New Berlin West has put itself in position to play for a playoff berth in the final week of the regular season.
Max Meleski ran for four touchdowns, and the Vikings' defense recorded a shutout for the second consecutive week in 49-0 rout of Pius on Sept. 30.
New Berlin West finished tied for fourth with Wauwatosa West in the Woodland West at 2-3. Because of their 16-0 win over the Trojans on Sept. 23, the Vikings will be seeded fourth for crossover purposes.
After hosting South Milwaukee in a crossover game with no postseason implications on Oct. 7, New Berlin West will play a do-or-die game at Whitnall on Oct. 14. The winner will be playoff eligible, while the loser will have its season end.
Meleski scored four times in the first half against the Popes to give the Vikings a 28-0 lead at halftime.
A fumble return for a touchdown by Aaron Lettner extended New Berlin West's lead to 35-0. Tyler Sidders scored on a 6-yard touchdown run, and Trace Ferreira added an 80-yard touchdown scamper to complete the rout.
After allowing 29.7 points per game in its first three Woodland West contests, New Berlin West's defense has held Wauwatosa West and Pius scoreless in consecutive weeks.
The Vikings held the Popes to just 129 total yards and created three turnovers.
Nathan Artenian led New Berlin West with four tackles, and Tony Gress and Egan Iwanski had three apiece. Gress had two tackles for a loss, while Austin Englehardt, Lettner and Sam Meleski each had one.
Ferreira intercepted Pius quarterback Tylen Rhodes, while Lettner and Artenian recovered fumbles.
Max Meleski carried the ball 18 times for 104 yards and four scores. The senior has topped the 100-yard mark in five of seven games and has 866 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on the season.
New Berlin West will host South Milwaukee at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.
The Rockets (3-4 overall) finished third in the Woodland East with a 3-2 conference record. South Milwaukee has won three straight games, including a 33-27 victory over Whitnall on Sept. 30 that made it playoff eligible.