Milton captures undisputed Badger South championship
The growing pains that many predicted the Red Hawks would experience during their inaugural season in the tough Badger South Conference proved to be a hoax.
In fact, the only pain experienced in Milton on Wednesday night was visiting Fort Atkinson suffering a 41-0 loss to the Red Hawks in a conference and regular-season finale.
Quarterback Zach Fry rolled up touchdown runs of 1 and 11 yards and added 14-yard touchdown pass to Hank McIvor to lead Milton (7-2, 5-1) to the undisputed Badger South championship and fifth straight conference title overall.
“There were a lot of self-doubters in our community and a lot of people in the Badger South that didn’t believe that we had a football team that could do what we did,” Milton coach Jeff Bachinski said.
“I’m very proud of our football team and our coaching staff. It’s a great situation for us—first time in the Badger South, conference champs.”
Fort Atkinson (2-7, 0-6), which missed the WIAA playoffs for the first time in eight years under coach Steve Mahoney, certainly wasn’t left to doubt Milton’s ability.
Milton jumped on the Blackhawks early in the first quarter by taking advantage of a short punt and putting together a precise 6-play, 42-yard touchdown drive. It was capped by Fry’s 1-yard run as the Red Hawks went up 7-0 with 7:24 left in the period.
After a quick Fort Atkinson punt, Milton ran 11 straight times, capped by McIvor’s 7-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 14-0 with 11:52 left in the second quarter.
It only got worse from there for the Blackhawks.
Milton quickly turned a blocked punt on the ensuing Fort Atkinson possession into another touchdown on Fry’s 11-yard run with 8:44 left in the second period.
Fry added a 14-yard touchdown pass to McIvor with 2:40 left in the second quarter to give the Red Hawks a commanding 27-0 halftime lead.
McIvor and Alec Vicenzi put the finishing touches on the victory with second-half touchdown runs of 13 and 9 yards, respectively. McInvor wound up with 21 carries for 157 of Milton’s 255 yards on the ground, while Fry completed 10 of 12 passes for 109.
“We’re playing good football right now and hitting on all cylinders,” Bachinski said. “We just got to continue to climb the ladder.”
The Red Hawks will get that chance Tuesday when they begin their eighth straight WIAA playoff appearance.
MILTON 41, FORT ATKINSON 0
Fort Atkinson 0 0 0 0—0
Milton 7 20 7 7—41
Scoring summary: M—Zach Fry, 1 run (Karleski kick). M—Hank McIvor, 7 run (Nick Karleski kick). M—Fry, 11 run (kick failed). M—McIvor, 14 pass from Fry (Kyle Martinelli kick). M—McIvor, 13 run (Karleski kick). M—Alec Vinenzi, 9 run (Martinelli kick).
Statistics: First downs—FA 8, M 25. Rushing—FA 25-54, M 45-255. Yards passing—FA 34, M 109. Passes—FA 12-6-2, M 12-10-0. Fumbles—FA 1-0, M 1-1. Penalties—FA 2-20, M 3-20.
n Monona Grove 28, Monroe 20—Ryan Roberts ran for 189 yards and four touchdowns as Monona Grove spoiled visiting Monroe’s bid to make the WIAA playoffs.
The Silver Eagles (6-3) moved up to a second-place tie with Oregon and Madison Edgewood at 4-2 in the final Badger South standings, while fell Monroe fell to 2-4 in the conference and 4-5 overall.
Roberts scored on 4- and 89-yard touchdown runs to help Monona Grove grab a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, but Monroe kept coming back. The Cheesemakers finally pulled within 28-20 on Mitch Tordoff’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Josh Popanz with 44 seconds left, but Monona Grove recovered the ensuing onside kick.
Alex Dahmen rushed 27 times for 87 yards, and Tortoff passed for 147 to lead Monroe.
MONONA GROVE 28, MONROE 20
Monroe 0 7 0 13—20
Monona Grove 0 14 7 7—28
Scoring summary: MG—Ryan Roberts, 4 run (Beau Goff kick). MG—Roberts, 89 run (Goff kick). Mon—Alex Dammen, 5 run (Steve Knox kick). MG—Roberts, 19 run (Goff kick). Mon—Mitch McArdle, 29 pass from Mitch Tordoff (Knox kick). MG—Roberts, 4 run (Goff kick). Mon—Josh Popanz, 24 pass from Tordoff (pass failed).
Statistics: First downs—Mon 14, MG 14. Rushing—Mon 31-88, MG 47-272. Yards passing—Mon 147, MG 35. Passes—Mon 28-13-1, MG 5-2-0. Fumbles—Mon 0, MG 2-1. Penalties—Mon 7-35, MG 6-41.
n Edgewood 34, Stoughton 7—The Crusaders (5-4, 4-2) pounded the Vikings (4-5, 2-4) through the air and on the ground to gain a second-place tie in the final Badger South standings.
Edgewood’s Tim Longo gained 98 yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 2, 36 and 1 yard. Mario Minnart passed for 160 yards, completing 7 of 11 passes, including a 52-yard TD pass to Mike Eshun.
Jordan Adams gained 112 yards on 13 carries for Stoughton, which suffered its fourth straight loss after being 4-1.
EDGEWOOD 34, STOUGHTON 7
Madison Edgewood 6 14 14 0—34
Stoughton 0 7 0 0—7
Scoring summary: ME—Mario Minnart 22 run (kick failed). ME—Tim Longo, 2 run (minnart to curtin pass). ME—Longo, 36 run (Minnaert kick). S—Joe Ginther, 2 run (Ryan Nyhagen kick). ME—Longo, 1 run (Minneart kick). ME—Mike Eshun, 52 pass from Minnart (kick failed).
Statistics: First downs—ME 17. s 11. Rushing—ME 45-298. S 39-267. Yards passing—ME 160, S 8. Passes—ME 11-7-0, S 11-2-0. Fumbles—ME 3-2, S 1-1. Penalties—ME 4-40, S 5-40.
n DeForest 27, Oregon 13—Cory Wipperfurth scored two touchdown in the last four times to break a 13-13 tie and give visiting DeForest (7-2) an nonconference win over Oregon (5-4).
After the Norskies had a 13-0 halftime lead, Oregon tied tied it on senior quarterback Aaron Nelson’s 40-yard touchdown run and extra point with 6:50 left in the game. Wipperfurth gave DeForest the lead for good on a 3-yard touchdown run with 3:55 remaining sealed the game with 6-yard scoring run with 41 seconds left.
Wipperfurth had 27 carries for 105 yards.
DeFOREST 27, OREGON 13
DeForest 6 7 0 14—27
Oregon 0 0 6 7—13
Scoring summary: D—Tyler Lengfeld, 2 run (kick failed). D—Eric Stewart, 5 pass from Tyler Benzine (Ricky Horton kick). O—Matt Marzalek, 32 pass from Aaron Nelson (kick failed). O—Nelson, 40 run (Sean Cherry kick). D—Cory Wipperfurth, 3 run (Horton kick). D—Wipperfurth, 6 run (Horton kick).
Statistics: First downs—D 15, O 7. Rushing—D 57-195, O 19-66. Yards passing—D 128, O 149. Passes—D 17-10-0, O 20-9-1. Fumbles—D 1-0, O 1-1. Penalties—D 9-58, O 10-75.