Prep Football season concludes with thee state title gamesThe final three state prep football titles were won Friday during the WIAA State Finals at Camp Randall Stadium.
MADISION - Wisconsin’s Division 1 prep football champion Hartland Arrowhead was ranked at the top in the preseason and held that position all the way. Arrowhead won its fifth state championship in its 10th appearance, beating Sun Prairie 35-14 at Camp Randall Stadium Friday in Madison.
The Warhawks ran out to a 35-0 first-half lead against a Sun Prairie defense which had allowed just 26 points in the regular season. Quarterback Brady Kelliher connected on 15-of-22 passes for 222 yards and three first-half touchdowns. Sun Prairie finished with a 12-1 record.
The Waunakee High School football team ended a 48-game winning streak Friday afternoon, when it lost to Mequon Homestead 14-0 in the state Division 2 title game in Madison. All the points were scored in the first half. Homestead quarterback Jake Lahinen scored on a one-yard run on his team’s opening drive. Then late in the first half, Jack Popp caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Lahinen. Waunakee got within the Homestead five-yard-line several times in the second half, and came away empty each time. Both teams ended their seasons at 12-and-1. Waunakee’s 48-game win streak ties Manitowoc for the longest in school history.
Waukesha Catholic Memorial won the state high school Division 3 football crown today, 42-7 over Waupaca at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Memorial won its ninth straight game to claim its first WIAA title, after winning four championships in the old WISAA private school association. Wisconsin recruit Matt Hubley ran for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Pat White had three touchdown passes, tying a state Division-Three title game record in that department. And Andre Bodden shined on both offense and defense, catching three passes for 103 yards and getting three interceptions – one of which he returned for a touchdown. Waukesha Catholic Memorial finished at 11-2. Waupaca closes out at 12-1, after being held to 205 yards of total offense.
Running back Mason Dixon of Walworth Big Foot has been named the state high school football offensive player-of-the-year by the coaches association. And defensive end Alec James of Brookfield East was selected as the defensive player-of-the-year. Dixon rushed for 22-hundred-43 yards in his senior year, with 42 touchdowns. That includes last night’s state Division-Four title game, which Big Foot lost to Somerset by two points. James, a Wisconsin Badger recruit, had 14 sacks during the regular season of his senior year. He had 22-and-a-half tackles for losses, four forced fumbles, two pass break-ups, and a blocked kick. James led Brookfield East to a 10-1 season and the third round of the state playoffs. Also, the coaches’ association named Paul Martin of Waunakee and Shawn O’Laughlin of Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs as the assistant coaches of the year. The coach-of-the-year will not be announced until after the state finals – which wrap up today with title games in the top three divisions.
The WIAA will keep holding its state high school football and boys’ basketball championships at UW-Madison. The two announced an agreement this morning which extends their partnership through the spring of 2020. The deal also includes the state golf, softball, and wrestling events that have traditionally been held at the UW. But it does not include girls’ basketball, which moves to the Resch Center in Green Bay for at least the next two years due to scheduling conflicts at the UW’s Kohl Center. Also, the state high school tennis, swimming-and-diving championships will stay at UW Madison – but they’re not officially part of the new agreement. Today’s deal was especially good news for those who wanted to see the boys’ tournament stay in Wisconsin’s Capital City, where it’s been since 1920.