GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Through its first two games of the season Green Bay Southwest had two wins but at least offensively it was not hitting it out of the park.
That all changed Thursday against Green Bay Preble.
Nick Howard threw three TD passes and Josh Komis ran for three more as the Trojans scored more points than they did combined in their first two games, and in the process beat Preble, 45-28, in a battle of undefeated teams in the Fox River Classic Conference.
"Everything blended tonight," Howard said. "The o-line did a great job, Josh ran well and that helped me do my job."
This was a back-and-forth game midway through the third quarter. Preble, ranked No. 4 in the FOX 11 Top 11, grabbed a 28-24 lead two plays after Southwest failed to gain a first down on fourth-and-two near midlfield.
Henry Geil completed a 45-yard halfback pass and then Nic Dahlke barreled in from 5 yards.
From there, No. 7 Southwest scored the game's final 21 points and Southwest has announced itself as a serious contender in the FRCC.
"I believe we're right there at the top," Howard said. "Bay Port's undefeated, Notre Dame's still undefeated, but we can handle them. I think we can compete with anyone."
Entering the season a lot of focus was on Komis, who ran for more than 1,500 yards last season. But Howard's playmaking ability with his feet and arm has complemented Komis, who totaled 142 yards on 21 carries Thursday.
"It's been a process," said wide receiver Kaleb Keener, who caught two TD passes. "A lot of the times we would just focus on him and have him carry the load and you could just see tonight he was taking hits."
The Trojans were confident entering the season and now wins over Pulaski, De Pere and Preble have them believing this could be a special season.
"I think the first three weeks we played very well, but there's always room for improvement," Keener said. "We were very confident. Tonight was the night for this game. Tomorrow we have to move into the next one."
Added Howard: "We've had three pretty tough games and we've handled them really well."
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