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The early-season struggles continue for Grafton's football team, but coach Shaun Behrend feels more help is coming.

The Black Hawks were shut out by Wauwatosa West, 31-0, on Aug. 26 to fall to 0-2 on the season.

"We are struggling," Behrend acknowledged, "but we are still down five guys for injuries and other reasons. We are playing a lot of sophomores ,so they are getting good experience. We will look a heck of a lot different in two weeks (when those players return)."

Offense has been the main problem, with the Hawks scoring only one touchdown in the first two games.

"This is a new offense, and the kids are still learning the ins and outs of it," Behrend continued. "This is a work in progress, but the offense has to start moving the chains more."

Vince Giorgi led the team in rushing with 26 yards and Jack Birch in receptions with four for 19 yards. Quarterback Hayden Proefrock completed 11 of 20 passes for 55 yards.

Defensively, Birch collected 10 unassisted tackles and two sacks; Giorgi six total tackles with two sacks; and Alex Davis six total tackles and one sack. Davis is a sophomore who was pressed into duty on both offense and defense.

"We are in the middle of a huge culture shift here," Behrend said. "This will take some time. The guys played hard, though. We were down, 14-0, early but only gave up three points in the second and third quarters combined."

Grafton begins North Shore Conference play at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Homestead (1-1 after downing Kenosha Indian Trail, 50-26, last week).

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