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Big Foot rolls to record 35th straight Rock Valley

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Tim Wester/Special to the Gazette
October 8, 2011
— After clinching its fifth straight Rock Valley Conference championship Friday night, Walworth Big Foot High’s football team grabbed the Gatorade tank and attempted to drench its head coach, Rodney Wedig.

But much to the surprise of the Chiefs, Wedig sidestepped the cold shower.


Five conference titles, one state championship, and now a Rock Valley-record 35 straight conference victories has made Wedig much too wise for those kind of antics.


Big Foot, however, didn’t miss much else on the football field.


Kenneth Walker ran for two touchdowns and added a 64-yard touchdown fumble return for good measure to lead Big Foot (8-0, 6-0) to a dominating 40-0 victory over East Troy (6-2, 4-2) in a Rock Valley crossover game.


The decisive victory not only clinched a tie Big Foot’s fifth straight conference title, but also the Rock Valley-record 35 straight conference victories. The previous mark was shared by the Chiefs, Beloit Turner and Brodhead/Juda.


“You get very few moments in life to be the first to do something, and you could tell the record (35 straight wins) means a lot the team,” Wedig said. “It was more than just a good victory over a good football team. This was something we’ve talked about all year.”


The Chiefs’ record night started early in the first quarter when Walker charged into the end zone with a 2-yard touchdown run.


The Trojans quickly pushed their ensuing possession deep into Chiefs territory before Carter Hehr intercepted a Myles Olsen pass at the Big Foot 27.


Three plays later, Mason Dixon charged through a wide-open hole and sprinted for a 66- yard touchdown run with 4:13 left in the first quarter. That made it 14-0.


The East Troy fans’ silence grew more noticeable moments later when Chiefs wide-out Matt Ripkey nabbed a quick slant and flew up the field untouched for a 76-yard touchdown catch with two minutes left in the first quarter.


“We played them last year and then in 2007, my first year, when Travis Frederick (Wisconsin starting offensive lineman and former Big Foot standout) was a junior. And of the teams I’ve seen, this is probably one of his (Wedig’s) best teams, if not the best,” East Troy coach Eric Sulik said.


After the early command, the Chiefs’ defense took the spotlight, forcing four turnovers, including a fumble recovery by Spencer Volbrecht at the East Troy 14 early in the third quarter. Four plays later, Wedig hit his brother, Cristian Wedig, on a 9-yard touchdown pass over the middle to build the advantage to 27-0.


Walker, who added an 18-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, put the finishing touches on the victory with a 64-yard touchdown fumble return to make it 40-0 late in the fourth.


All that was left was a botched Gatorade celebration.


BIG FOOT 40, EAST TROY 0


Walworth Big Foot 21 0 6 13—40


East Troy 0 0 0 0—0


Scoring summary: WBF—Ken Walker, 2 run (Ian Gallagher kick). WBF—Mason Dixon, 66 run (Gallagher kick). WBF—Matt Ripley, 76 pass from Jake Wedig (Gallagher kick). WBF—Cristian Wedig, 4 pass from Jake Wedig (kick failed). WBF—Walker, 18 run (Gallagher kick). WBF—Walker, 62 fumble return (kick failed).


Statistics: First downs—WBF 12, ET 8. Rushing—WBF 35-249, ET 29-66. Yards passing—WBF 138, ET 79. Passes—WBF 6-4-0, ET 21-11-2. Fumbles—WBF 2-0, ET 3-2. Penalties—WBF 5-45, ET 4-30.



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