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PC season ends with shutout loss to defending champs

Chase Luebker tackles high and Tyler Churchill tackles low to bring down a Burlington Catholic Central receiver.2 / 2

BARABOO, Wis. - Plum City High School's football team did everything it could except score as they were shutout by the defending state champions Burlington Catholic Central 14-0 in a WIAA Division 7, Level 4 playoff game Saturday at Beryl Newman Field.

The No. 5 ranked Blue Devils played the No. 4 Hilltoppers tough. They made an important fourth down and inches defensive stand in the second quarter and didn't give up any big play touchdowns.

But Plum City (12-1) also had many missed opportunities. They had the ball inside the Central 30 yard-line four times in the ballgame and came away with no points. Their receivers also dropped passes, including one for a potential touchdown. They had three turnovers. A drive starting on its own eight-yard line which went to the BCC 26-yard line was stopped on downs.

"Our offense couldn't take advantage of the opportunities given us today," PC head coach Troy Ingli said.

Plum City was also hurt by the loss of Chase Luebker, who injured his ankle severly in the second half and left the game.

The Hilltoppers scored in the first quarter on a 19-yard run by quarterback Rex Morrow. They also scored midway through the third quarter on a 20-yard TD pass from Morrow to Grant Alderman

Plum City's last chance came at the 7:06 mark of the fourth quarter when the Hilltoppers fumbled the ball at their own 46-yard line. The Blue Devils drove to the 'Toppers 11-yard line before losing a fumble.

Central (12-1) will play in the state championship game for the third straight season Thursday in Madison against No. 6 Gilman although this was the closest playoff game they had so far.