Big Foot spoils Clinton's first home playoff game

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Tim Wester, Special to The Gazette
Friday, November 1, 2013

CLINTON—Before the Clinton High School football fans got a chance to take in the sights and sounds of the Cougars’ first home playoff game in school history, Big Foot was already ruining the moment.

The Chiefs took pride in dismantling the home crowd’s fun with a pair of touchdowns in the first minute and 37 seconds of their WIAA Division 4 Level 2 game on the way to a dominating 38-7 victory here Friday evening.

Chiefs quarterback Brett Morris fired touchdown passes of 95 and 34 yards, while running back Brandon Hausner chipped in with a pair of touchdown runs to propel Big Foot (11-0) into a Level 3 matchup against Platteville.

“We knew with Clinton coming off its first playoff win and them hosting for the first time, the crowd was going to be electric,” Big Foot head coach Rodney Wedig said. “So we talked about getting out in front early, because if it was 0-0 after the first quarter, they’re going to have some momentum and we were going to be in some trouble.”

Turns out Wedig had nothing to worry about.

After a quick Clinton three-and-out to start the game, Big Foot silenced the crowd on its first offensive play from scrimmage with a Hausner 62-yard touchdown run through the heart of the Cougar defense.

Then, on the ensuing Clinton possession, Quin Dixon recovered an errant toss at the Cougar 3-yard line. One play later, Tim Long plowed into the end zone with a touchdown run to put the Chiefs up 14-0 with 10:23 to go in the first quarter.

Just a few minutes after that, Morris drilled Daniel Pearce in stride with a 95-yard touchdown pass.

“Any team can win on a given Friday, and it’s our team motto to put away a team as fast as we can,” Hausner said. “And we did that.”

The quick surge gave the Chiefs defense all it needed to take control of the game. The group had a pair of interceptions and three fumble recoveries, including picking up a botched snap on a punt inside the Cougars’ 5-yard line. That set up a Hausner 1-yard touchdown run midway through the second to make it 28-0 Chiefs.

Big Foot later added a 43-yard field goal by Ian Gallagher late in the second and then a 36-yard touchdown pass from Morris to Gus Wedig in the third to raise its lead to 38-0.

Clinton finally ended the Chiefs’ run in the fourth with a Sam Correll 55-yard fumble return to cut the lead to 38-7.

But it was too little, too late for Clinton, which saw its record-breaking season come to a disappointing end.

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