Stanley-Boyd caps unbeaten season with D5 state title
Stanley-Boyd’s area of least experience entering the season turned out to be its biggest strength in the biggest game of the season.
Defensive back Dusty Spaeth’s 26-yard interception return in the second quarter proved to be the game-winning score and the Orioles’ defensive line delivered a critical fourth-down stop late in the game to preserve a 21-16 victory over Lancaster in the WIAA Division 5 championship Thursday at Camp Randall Stadium.
“Our defense played outstanding and that’s where we returned the least experience,” said Orioles coach Jeff Koenig. “They’ve really done a great job. Our defensive staff has done an outstanding job teaching the guys, buying into everything they do.”
The Orioles (14-0) advanced to the state title game based on their offense, which averaged 43.7 points per game, had scored over 60 points three times and hadn’t been held to fewer than 21 points all season. So when its offense went scoreless the final 43:45, Stanley-Boyd’s defense was finally given center stage.
With Lancaster (13-1) having a chance to tie the game after driving inside the Stanley-Boyd 20 with two minutes left, the Orioles stuffed tailback Tyler Glass—the team’s leading rusher at 115.6 yards per game —for no gain for fourth-and-1 from the 11.
“It means a lot,” said Spaeth. “Our guys up front, the linebackers, they put in the time and effort in the summer. Lift weights, getting faster, it all leads to this, getting down and dirty in the trenches and stopping them.”
After taking a safety with 12 seconds left, Stanley-Boyd sacked quarterback Nathan Tranel on the final play to set off the wild celebration.
n Winneconne 28, Platteville 14—Riley Kallas ran for two scores and hauled in a touchdown pass to lift Winneconne to a 28-14 victory over Platteville on Thursday night in the WIAA Division 4 title game.
It was the first state title for the Wolves (9-5), who overcame a 0-3 start and had to win their final two games to qualify for the playoffs.
Platteville (9-5) opened with a 72-yard scoring drive for an early 7-0 lead, but Winneconne’s Peter Buyeske returned the ensuing kickoff 74 yards to the Hillmen 5-yard line to set up the tying touchdown run by Mitchell Markert.
Kallas added touchdown runs of 1 and 58 yards to put Winneconne up 21-7 at the half.
Kallas added a 39-yard touchdown reception from Mitchel Fenrich in the third quarter. Jacob Bernhardt had a 15-yard touchdown run for Platteville in the fourth quarter.
n Shiocton 35, Darlington 0—Jacob Van Asten passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more as Shiocton capped a perfect season with a 35-0 win over Darlington in the WIAA Division 6 championship.
Shiocton (14-0) stopped Darlington in the red zone twice in the first quarter before breaking loose behind Van Asten, who alternates between quarterback and running back.
Van Asten scored on runs of 4 and 2 yards and connected on a 35-yard TD pass to Patrick Brouillard to pace Shiocton to a 19-0 halftime lead.
Shiocton outscored its four previous playoff opponents 196-6 and allowed just 22 points during the regular season
Darlington was appearing in the title game for the first time since losing in the final in 1997.
n Black Hawk 44, Glenwood City 22—Senior tailback Tanner Sweeney rushed for 146 yards and two scores as Black Hawk used a dominant second half to beat Glenwood Cityto win the WIAA Division 7 championship.
Starting with Sweeney’s 65-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half, the Warriors (14-0) broke open a 14-14 game by scoring the next 30 points. Black Hawk finished with 403 total yards and picked off Hilltoppers quarterback Nick Mrdutt four times.
Black Hawk outscored its five playoff opponents 235-67 and won its first football state title in its second appearance, first since 1998.
After scoring 34 points in last year’s second half to win the division 7 title, Glenwood City (12-2) was held scoreless after halftime, resulting in a season-low point total for an offense entering the state final averaging 46.2 points per game.