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First Half Propels Regis to Division 6 Championship

In the battle of unbeatens, Regis (14-0) defeated Darlington (13-1) 27-14 to capture the Division 6 championship final at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison Thursday.

The Ramblers stymied the vaunted Darlington offense, which averaged more than fifty points a game and 11 yards per rush entering the game, with a ball-control offensive attack and a stingy defense that forced five turnovers. 

Regis’ early control of the game was clearly reflected in the statistics, particularly in time of possession with an 18:39 to 5:21 advantage in the first half. The Redbirds were held to 49 yards of total offense in the half and 249 in the game.

Jack Nicolai gave the Ramblers a 3-0 lead with a 27-yard field goal midway through the first quarter. They increased their lead to 10-0 later in the quarter on a 6-yard touchdown run by Caleb Brickner. 

In the second quarter, Regis added another touchdown on a 2-yard run by Noel Ortiz, and Nicolai added his second field goal of the game before the half to give the Ramblers a commanding 20-0 advantage.

The Ramblers added insurance late in the third quarter on a 55-yard touchdown strike from Paul Petit to Samuel Forden to take a 27-0 lead. 

The Redbirds scored twice late in the game when the outcome was no longer in doubt. Hunter Johnson scored on a 2-yard run, and Ryan Glendenning caught a 36-yard scoring toss from Jared Meister to account for the final score. 

Ortiz rushed 24 times for 132 years and a touchdown for the Ramblers’ offense. Petit connected on 6-of-10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. Forden was on the receiving end of four passes for a game-high 124 yards and a score. Brickner led the Ramblers on defense with a pair of interceptions and four tackles.

Darlington’s Jared Meister completed 8-of-24 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown, but he was intercepted four times. Hunter Johnson ran for 95 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 28 yards. Glendenning led the team in receiving with four catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.

It’s the second State title for Regis in five appearances in the title game. The Ramblers won the Division 7 championship in 2003. Darlington finishes runner-up for the fourth straight season and for the eighth time in their 12 appearances in the title game.

Edgar Downs Shullsburg to Win Division 7 Title

Edgar (11-3) captured its seventh State football championship with a 36-6 victory over Shullsburg (11-3) in the Division 7 final Thursday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

The Wildcats took control of the game from the opening kickoff, marching 66 yards in seven plays. Alec Hafferman capped the drive with a 1-yard scoring run, and he added the two-point coversion for an 8-0 lead. On Shullsburg’s first drive, Karson Butt intercepted a Noah Wand pass and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown to increase the Wildcats’ lead to 15-0.

Hafferman gave Edgar a 22-0 lead with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter on 2-yard touchdown run. The Miners got on the board on a 9-yard pass from Wand to Hunter Matye, but the two-point conversion failed to narrow the Miners’ deficit to 22-6. Hafferman scored again on a 6-yard run to increase the Wildcats’ lead to 29-6 in the second quarter.

Butt’s second interception of the first half set up the Wildcats in Miners’ territory before intermission. Tyler Matysik ran the ball in from one yard late in the half to give Edgar a 36-6 halftime advantage. Both teams held the other scoreless in the second half.

Hafferman led all rushers with 136 yards for the Wildcats, which ran for 285 yards in the game. Edgar completed 2-of-4 of its passes in the game for 33 yards. The Wildcats intercepted three passes, including two by Butt. 

Wand was 7-of-18 passing for 108 yards and a touchdown for the Miners. Ben Sigwarth led the team in rushing with 84 yards on 20 carries. He also caught one pass for a game-high 40 yards.

In their 11th State finals appearance, the Wildcats win their seventh title and their first title since 2010. Shullsburg finishes runner-up in its first-ever appearance in the finals.
 
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