Amherst was held to 38 yards rushing but registered three touchdown passes in knocking off Lancaster 19-7 to cap a perfect season and claim the WIAA Division 5 State Championship at Camp Randall Stadium on Thursday.
The Falcons (13-0) broke a 7-7 tie late in the third quarter when Caleb Glennon connected with Max Strand on a 6-yard scoring pass and Amherst added another score with two minutes left on a 15-yard pass from Ryan Makuski — who threw just one pass in the game — to Joel Biadasz to seal the win.
The Flying Arrows (12-1) got a 36-yard pass from Nate Tranel to Troy Baker with three minutes left in the third quarter to knot the score at 7.
It was the first state title for Amherst, which was making just its fourth trip to the WIAA playoffs.
Division 6 St. Mary’s Springs 24, Eau Claire Regis 14
St. Mary’s Springs (13-0) captured its second straight state championship by using a scoring drive in the final two minutes of the first half to break a 14-14 tie and held the lead the rest of the way.
Regis (12-1) scored 14 straight points in the second quarter to tie the score and Springs took over on their own 25-yard line with 1:50 to play before half.
The Ledgers marched 13 plays for the tide-turning score, getting a 7-yard pass from Evan Henderson to Ryan Grandlic with 17 seconds left in the period to take the lead.
Division 7 Glenwood City 46, Potosi 21
Isaac Tuttle ran for 195 yards and four touchdowns as Glenwood City rallied from a halftime deficit .
The Hilltoppers (11-2) trailed 14-12 at intermission but erupted for a 22-point third quarter en route to the third state title in school history.
Nick Mrdutt scored on a 35-yard run to open the scoring after halftime, while Tuttle chipped in touchdown scampers of 20 and 46 yards for a 34-14 lead.
Potosi (12-1) stemmed the tide with a touchdown to open the fourth quarter .
The WIAA Division 4 State Championship matchup between Somerset (11-1) and Big Foot (12-0) ended too late to be included in today’s print edition of the Herald Times Reporter.