Riley Kallas had a huge night and the Winneconne defense turned in yet another great performance as the Wolves claimed their first state football title with a 28-14 win over Platteville in the WIAA Division 4 state championship game at Camp Randall Stadium on Thursday night.
Winneconne became the first team with five losses to win a WIAA state title.
Kallas finished with nearly 150 total yards of offense, scored three touchdowns and had an interception in his final high school game as Winneconne outgained Platteville 329-219 and took a 28-7 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Hillmen (9-5) narrowed the gap on a 15-yard run by Jacob Bernhardt with 7:56 to play in the game, but Winneconne responded with a 16-play drive that ran all but 50 seconds off the clock, sealing the win.
Platteville took the opening kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown to take the lead, but it didn’t take long for Winneconne to answer.
Peter Buyeske returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards and Mitchell Markert scored two plays later to even the score. A short touchdown run by Kallas late in the first quarter gave the Wolves a 14-7 lead and Winneconne would pull away from there.
Kallas added a 58-yard touchdown run around the right side as Winneconne took a 21-7 halftime lead, while his 39-yard touchdown catch from Mitchel Fenrich in the third quarter stretched the lead to 21 points.
Zachary Henderson had interceptions on Platteville’s first two drives of the second half.
Division 5: Stanley-Boyd 21, Lancaster 16
A fourth-quarter defensive stand was exactly what the Orioles needed to secure the WIAA Division 5 state championship.
The Orioles capped an undefeated season (14-0) to secure their third state title.
Lancaster (13-1) was in position to tie the game in late in the game, however, and drove down to the Stanley-Boyd 10-yard line with 1:30 remaining. Facing a fourth-and-1, the Orioles defense stuffed Lancaster running back Tyler Glass for no gain to force the turnover on downs.
Stanley-Boyd ran off most of the remaining time, then gave up a safety to eat up a few more seconds. Lancaster did have eight seconds after the free kick, but Arrows quarterback Aaron Tranel was sacked to ice the game for Stanley-Boyd.
Craig Mason finished with 70 yards and a touchdown. He also had a touchdown receiving. The Orioles’ Tyler Sorensen was 14-of-23 passing and 172 yards.
Glass led Lancaster with 152 yards rushing and 25 carries. He also scored a touchdown.
Division 6: Shiocton 35, Darlington 0
The Shiocton football team finally has some gold hardware for the trophy case.
The Chiefs rode the strength of a stingy defense and the playmaking ability of Patrick Brouillard and Jacob Van Asten to win the school’s first state championship in football.
Shiocton (14-0) held Darlington to 131 yards of total offense. Darlington (12-2) entered the game boasting three 1,000-yard rushers.
Brouillard had 143 yards receiving on five catches and two touchdowns, including a 47-yard reception from Van Asten in the third quarter that made the score 27-0. That play immediately followed a forced fumble from Brouillard.
Brouillard also had a 35-yard touchdown catch from Van Asten in the second quarter. Van Asten accounted for five TDs, three passing and two touchdown runs of 4 and 2 yards. Van Asten capped the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Heinemeyer early in the fourth, which triggered the running clock.
Division 7: Black Hawk 44, Glenwood City 22
Tanner Sweeney rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns and the Warriors forced five turnovers to cap a perfect season with the school’s first state title.
Glenwood City (12-2) had Isaac Tuttle rush for 151 yards and a score, while Nick Mrdutt’s 1-yard plunge less than a minute into the second quarter knotted the score at 14.
That’s when Black Hawk broke away.
Tyler Peterson hauled in a 24-yard TD pass from Heath Butler to give the Warriors a 22-14 halftime lead and start a run of 30 straight points. Sweeney opened the second-half scoring with a 65-yard run, while Butler connected with Brett Lovelace for a 65-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Butler, who finished 6-of-7 for 126 yards in the air and 94 yards rushing, capped the scoring for Black Hawk with a 16-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
It was the first state runner-up finish for the Hilltoppers, who won Division 6 state titles in 1985 and 2012 and the Division 5 state crown in 1997.
Games are broadcast live on FSN Wisconsin (cable TV, not Internet stream). Finished games are shown at WIAA.tv.
Division 3 — Greendale (13-0) vs. Monona Grove (13-0), 10 a.m.
Division 2 — Oshkosh North (13-0) vs. Kimberly (13-0), 1 p.m.
Division 1 — Arrowhead (12-1) vs. Franklin (12-1), 4 p.m.