Taking care of business quickly and efficiently, the Homestead football opened defense of its North Shore Conference co-title with a 49-14 rout of visiting Grafton on Sept. 2.

"It definitely was," said Highlander coach Dave Keel. "We got a three and out right away (defensively), and then we marched the ball right down the field and scored. That's how it pretty much went in the first half."

The win improved the Highlanders to 2-1 overall, while the Black Hawks fell to 0-3. Homestead will visit archrival Germantown (1-2) in the projected last game of its long-running rivalry at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 (see separate column for more details), while Grafton will visit Nicolet (1-2) at 7 p.m. the same night.

Homestead scored 21 first quarter points en route to cruising to the victory over the Black Hawks. It was 35-0 at the break, and then the teams exchanged TDs in each of the third and fourth quarters.

Homestead's first score was a 30-yard Eric Zoeller to Matt Hartlieb pass, and that was followed up with an 8-yard run for score by Bradley Woldt. Jared Schneider ran in it from a yard out to finish out the first period scoring.

In the second session, Zoeller ran it in from 2 yards out, and then Cole Destefanis closed out the half with a 2-yard run to make it 35-0.

The Highlanders opened third-quarter scoring with a 63-yard run by Willie Garrison to make it 42-0.

With Homestead reserves in, Grafton quarterback Hayden Proefrock hit Jackson Orlowski on a 61-yard TD pass. Proefrock hit Griffin Stenberg on the two-point conversion to make it 42-8.

Proefrock connected with Orlowski again, this time from 45 yards out to make it 42-14. Homestead's Jack Riebau closed out the scoring with a with a 16-yard TD pass to Garrison.

Homestead had 381 total yards as Garrison rushed for 67 yards on six tries, Woldt 66 on 13 tries and Brady Bartz 54 on 10 attempts.

Grafton quarterback Hayden Proefrock completed 20 of 31 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns.

"He (Proefrock) had a nice night, and it could have been better. We had three dropped passes on third downs," said Grafton coach Shaun Behrend.

Grafton had just 17 yards rushing, but Jack Birch caught eight passes for 83 yards and Orlowski four passes for 129 yards, 32.3 yards per catch.

Defensively, Birch had 13 total tackles, 12 unassisted for Grafton.

"It was just a nice team effort all around," Keel said. "We were also able to get everyone in, which was also a good thing."