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Big Foot rolls over Edgerton

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JOHN N. BARRY
October 22, 2011
— Longtime Edgerton High football coach Mike Gregory said it would be almost impossible to rank the greatest teams in Rock Valley Conference history.

He said not only have times changed, but so have players.


Yet forced to name the most complete team he has ever seen, Gregory didn’t take long to answer—the 2011 Walworth Big Foot Chiefs.


Gregory, a former all-conference quarterback for Big Foot, got a first-hand look at the unbeaten Chiefs here Friday night. Big Foot, behind a quick-strike offense and a suffocating defense, manhandled the Crimson Tide, 61-6, in a WIAA Division 3 playoff opener.


Big Foot (10-0) hosts Madison Edgewood (8-2) either Friday or Saturday next week in a Level 2 game.


The Chiefs had a 28-0 lead after one quarter and poured it on from there. Big Foot’s starters sat out most of the second half after opening up 47-0 halftime lead.


“That is the best team to come out of this conference in a long, long time,” Gregory said of the Chiefs. “Their skill players are the real deal, and when you look it how big and physical they are up front, it makes for a long night.


“We knew coming in that it was probably going to be a monumental struggle for us. We tried to throw everything we had at them early, but once they got going, it just snowballed from there.”


Big Foot’s offense spent most of the game in Edgerton territory. The Crimson Tide could get nothing going offensively—finishing with only 52 yards of total offense—and when it came time to punt, wanted nothing to do with Big Foot’s electric Kenneth Walker. A number of punts were shanked out of bounds as the threat of kicking to Walker loomed.


The Chiefs had only eight first downs, mainly because so many scoring drives were three plays or less.


Walker scored four touchdowns, including a 54-yard pass from Jake Wedig on Big Foot’s third play from scrimmage, while Mason Dixon scored twice and led the Chiefs with 77 yards rushing. Dixon and Walker both sat out the second half as the clock ran continuously thanks to Big Foot’s 35-point-plus lead.


Edgerton quarterback Colin Gregory finished only 7-for-21, with three completions coming on Edgerton’s late scoring drive against Big Foot’s reserves.


“I think our secondary has made the biggest improvement of any area of our team,” Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig said. “That unit really played with purpose tonight, knowing they were going to see a spread offense.


“Overall, I think the biggest reason we had such good success early was because we won the field position battle. We started a number of drives in Edgerton territory, and it’s obviously a lot easier when you play on a short field.”


BIG FOOT 61, EDGERTON 6


Edgerton 0 0 0 6—6


Walworth Big Foot 28 19 7 7—61


Scoring summary: WBF—Kenneth Walker, 54 pass from Jake Wedig (Ian Gallagher kick). WBF—Walker, 7 run (Gallagher kick). WBF—Mason Dixon, 5 run (Gallagher kick). WBF—Walker, 5 run (Gallagher kick). WBF—Dixon, 1 run (kick failed). WBF—Dixon, 49 run (kick failed). WBF—Walker, 9 run (Gallagher kick). WBF—Spencer Volbrecht, 3 run (Gallagher kick). WBF—Quin Dixon, 6 run (Ian Carthey kick). E—Lucas Gregory, 6 pass from Collin Gregory (pass failed).


Statistics: First downs—E 4, WBF 8. Rushing—E 22/-1, WBF 18-195. Yards passing—E 75, WBF 126. Passing—E 21-7-1, WBF 10-5-0. Fumbles—E 2-1, WBF 2-0. Penalties—E 3-15, WBF 2-20.



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