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Pulaski steamrolls Appleton West, 40-6, in Level 1

Pulaski's Dylan Hendricks gets tackled by an Appleton West defender during their Division 2 Level 1 playoff game Friday. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- Appleton West coach Brent Engen knew his defense was in for a test in Friday's Division 2 Level 1 playoff game against Pulaski.

The Red Raiders utilize the single-wing offense and it's a run-heavy scheme very few teams use anymore. In fact, Engen mentioned during the week of practice leading up to the game he never coached against this type of offense and he was concerned.

Turned out he had every reason to be concerned.

Behind Dylan Hendricks, No. 6-seeded Pulaski piled up 425 rushing yards and steamrolled the No. 3 Terrors, 40-6, to win the Game Time Game of the Week at the Banta Bowl. It was Pulaski's first win against a team with a winning record this season, as its five wins previoulsy came against teams with a combined10-35 record.

"We really manned up tonight, played great, shut them down," Hendricks said. "The offensive line helped us out and we ended up getting the win. We're moving onto next week and that's the most important thing."

"Great team effort," lineman Liam Fahey said. "The defense came out and stopped them right away, allowed only six points. The offense kept chugging along. I think as group we competed well, played aggressive and played one of our better games of the year."

Photos: Pulaski at Appleton West

Hendricks gained 285 yards on 34 carries and scored four rushing touchdowns -- two from one yard and 48 and 45 yards, respectively. Hendricks now has 1,918 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season.

"I just followed blocks, that's it," Hendricks said in regards to his performance. "The offensive line did great and the back did great blocking."

Even though Pulaski's rushing attack was unstoppable, the passing game also pitched in. Quarterback Dustin Graf was 3-for-4 for 79 yards and two touchdowns, including a 48-yard strike to Dan Martinucci with two seconds to play in the second quarter to increase the lead to 27-3.

Pulaski plays at Green Bay Southwest -- 44-12 winners over Ashwaubenon -- in Level 2 and it's a Week 1 rematch the Trojans won, 21-20. After Friday's performance, Pulaski has to feel pretty good entering Level 2.

"We have to use what happened in the past to help fuel us," Fahey said. "We lost to Southwest by one point. We're just going to use that aggressive mentality and really come out at them next Friday night."

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