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Big plays are huge in Big Foot's big victory over Brodhead/Juda

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Tim Wester/Special to the Gazette
September 3, 2011
— With its decisive 32-14 WIAA Division 4 semifinal victory last season, Brodhead/Juda’s co-op football team got the best of the Walworth Big Foot.

The only question left was, would it carry over to this season?


No such luck for the Cardinals.


Big Foot High running back Kenneth Walker unleashed two explosive touchdown runs of 48 and 35 yards, while quarterback Jake Wedig fired a pair of touchdown passes to help third-ranked Chiefs (3-0) avenge last season’s playoff loss with a decisive 27-10 victory over Brodhead/Juda (1-2) in a key Rock Valley South showdown here Friday night.


Walker, who didn’t play in the playoff showdown last season, proved to be the missing link in the conference opener, which produced Big Foot’s 30th straight Rock Valley victory.


“He has really brought it to a new level,” Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig said of Walker. “He is just electric out there. Last year, he had moments of brilliance, but it seemed like he was picking on the teams that weren’t on the top.”


Walker’s brilliance was a painful reminder for the competition that there’s been no changing of the guard atop the Rock Valley South, which has been dominated by the Chiefs since the conference went to divisions in 2008.


“Walker’s a good athlete, but we did some things that made him look good, too,” Brodhead/Juda coach Jim Matthys said. “We held up (Mason) Dixon and Walker pretty good, but it was just a couple big plays.”


Big plays and good field position proved to be the difference.


After pinning Brodhead/Juda at its 1-yard line, the Chiefs forced a quick three-and-out and took possession on the Cardinals’ 37 after a short punt early in the second quarter.


Eight plays later, Jake Wedig bootlegged right and found his brother, Cristian, for a 7-yard touchdown pass. That gave the Chiefs a 6-0 lead.


After a quick Brodhead/Juda punt on the ensuing possession, Walker turned the corner and raced down the sidelines for his a 48-yard touchdown run. That contributed to his 11 carries for 144 yards overall.


Jake Wedig later made it 20-0 on a pinpoint, 35-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Miller with 3:36 left in the half.


“Last year, I play four playoff games on a torn ACL, which was pretty rough,” Jake Wedig said. “I want to come out and show last year was a fluke and I was better than that.”


The Cardinals, meanwhile, wanted to show that last season wasn’t a fluke.


Brodhead/Juda put together a quick scoring drive, capped by a Josh Dougherty 29-yard field goal at the end of the half to pull within 20-3.


The Cardinals made it made it 20-10 on a Trent Jordan 9-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.


But Walker took over from there with a 35-yard touchdown run to slam the door on the Cardinals.


“I just wanted to get out there and show that if I could have played against them last year, I would have helped a lot,” Walker said.


Mission accomplished.


BIG FOOT 27, BRODHEAD 10


Brodhead/Juda 0 3 7 0—20


Walworth Big Foot 0 20 0 7—27


Scoring summary: WBF—Cristian Wedig, 7 pass from Jake Wedig (kick failed). WBF—Kenneth Walker, 48 run (Ian Gallagher kick). WBF—Jordan Miller, 35 pass from J. Wedig (Gallagher kick). BJ—FG, Josh Dougherty, 29. BJ—Trent Jordan, 9 run (Dougherty kick). WBF—Walker, 35 run (Gallagher kick).


Statistics: First downs—BJ 12, WBF 11. Rushing—BJ 26-113, WBF 38-212. Yards passing—BJ 112, WBF 92. Passes—BJ 24-11-2, WBF 8-6-0. Fumbles—BJ 2-1, WBF 4-1. Penalties—BJ 2-15, WBF 7-63.



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