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BREAKING: Big Foot claims sixth straight conference title, Badger bucks Broncos



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Matt Ripkey touches the sky for a reception Friday night. He had two catches for 34 yards. Mike Ramczyk.

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October 06, 2012 | 11:04 AM
WHITEWATER - Maybe the Big Foot football players need to wear blindfolds, or tie one hand behind their back, or something out of the ordinary when they take the field. Those things could help level the playing field.

Because right now, the Chiefs are simply light years ahead of their opponents, and Friday night was another example.

The visiting Walworth boys fired off 37 first-half points en route to a 51-0 spanking of Rock Valley South foe Whitewater. With the win, Big Foot (7-0 overall, 6-0 RVC South) clinched its sixth straight Rock Valley South title and earned its 42nd straight conference victory. Whitewater (3-4 overall, 2-4 RVC) needed two victories to clinch a playoff spot and is likely eliminated from the postseason with the loss.

The Whippets pulled out all the stops, converting an onside kick to open the game and running obscure plays like the statue of liberty, but none of it fazed the dominant Chiefs. Starting with Mason Dixon's 5-yard touchdown run with 7:33 left in the first quarter, Big Foot kept scoring and stuffing Whitewater to the tune of 37 points in 16 minutes. Big Foot out-gained the Whippets, 450-104.

It was the seventh straight blowout win for Big Foot and its third shutout of the season.

"It's awesome," Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig said of the conference title. "We've had so much success. Sometimes, we forget how remarkable that is. We've won all our crossover games, and we haven't shared the title. We've really run the table. We're coming together. Carter's been running the offense so well, and Mason is running hard. We've got weapons, and our offensive line has been dominant. I like our attitude, and I like the way we approach the game. We keep our eyes on where we need to be."

The list of records didn't stop with the conference titles and consecutive games won.

With three more touchdowns, Dixon upped his career total to 55, which breaks Michael Walker's previous mark of 53. Dixon finished with 200 yards on 15 carries. Also, standout defensive end Garett Cary recorded two quarterback sacks to break the all-time school record.

"For some of these seniors, it's our third or fourth straight conference championship," Cary said. "For us to come out here and shut out a good team, it feels wonderful. Everyone comes out and does their job. We don't have any all-stars, we all just do our part. We want to go into the playoffs on a roll."

Cary was recently named one of 20 semifinalists for the Tim Krumie award, given to the top defensive lineman in the state. But for Cary, it's about winning it all.

"As of right now, that award doesn't mean anything until we go and get that gold ball," he said.

Gus Wedig, a junior linebacker, anchored the defense with 14 total tackles. He also scored on a 19-yard touchdown catch early in the second quarter to give Big Foot a 23-0 lead. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound tackling machine understands the importance of this title.

"It's awesome to get this for the seniors," Gus said. "When we come into the offseason, it's the younger guys that are scared to not follow through with what the seniors put out. We may not be as athletically dominant as last year, but we're focused and our defense flies around and plays Big Foot football."

Quarterback Carter Hehr ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns, one in the second quarter and one late in the third quarter. Tim Long added a rushing score in the fourth quarter.

Dixon's scoring runs were 56, 26 and 5 yards. On the 56-yarder, Dixon bolted through the line, cut back to the right and sprinted past the secondary with ease. On the 26-yard score, he broke tackles on his way to paydirt. One of Hehr's scoring jaunts was 43 yards, and he busted through several Whippet arm tackles on the way.

Hehr completed five of six passes for 83 yards. Daniel Pierce paced the Chiefs with 34 receiving yards.

Big Foot has enjoyed the benefit of a running clock (35-point lead) for three straight games. Despite lopsided victories all season, things could become much more challenging if Big Foot faces larger schools in the Division 3 playoffs. However, Coach Wedig believes his bunch can play with anybody.

"Whitewater put up a nice fight," he said. "We kept our starters out there into the third quarter. I just like the fact we've been getting out to leads early. We're executing the game plan, and defensively we've been playing unbelievably well. Division 3 would be a bit more of a challenge. We scrimmaged Madison West and Kenosha Bradford so we wouldn't be intimidated. We are going to get after it, and I like the way we play. I think we'll do fine."

Big Foot closes out the season next Friday at home against Palmyra-Eagle (1-6). Check Wednesday's Regional News for a full story including more from Gus Wedig and Cary.

Also, like our Regional News Sports Check page on Facebook for a photo album from tonight's Big Foot game.

Badger 61, Union Grove 12

It was a happy homecoming for the Badger football team Friday night.

The local boys raced to a 49-0 halftime lead and were up 61-0 in an absolute decimation of their Southern Lakes foe. The hapless Broncos fell to 0-7 this season.

The two-headed ground monster of seniors Robert Johnson (171 yards, two touchdowns) and Peter Krien (138, three scores) accounted for five of Badger's seven first-half touchdowns. Johnson's 76-yard scoring scamper 21 seconds into the game kicked the Badger offense into gear. Johnson and Krien each needed only 11 carries on the night.

Junior Matt Reynolds added two rushing touchdowns in the first 24 minutes.

Badger racked up 449 total yards and held the Broncos to 145. All but 30 (419) of Badger's yards came on the ground.

Junior Andrew Allen added 91 yards on five carries and scored on touchdown runs of 40 and 29 yards in the second half.

Defensively, Trent Bobula paced Badger with seven tackles and an interception.

Thanks to Waterford's 45-22 victory over Delavan-Darien, next Friday's tilt between Badger (6-0 SLC) and the Wolverines (6-0) will be for the conference championship.

Last season, the Badgers shared the SLC crown with Waterford. This year, Bobula and Reynolds and other players have said their goal is to win the SLC title outright.

Check Wednesday's Regional News for more from this game and the Badger-Waterford showdown.

Other area football scores

Hustisford 21, Williams Bay 7

Burlington 44, Elkhorn 19 (Demons clinch first playoff berth since 2006)

Wilmot 40, Westosha Central 21

Waterford 45, Delavan-Darien 22

McFarland 21, Palmyra-Eagle 0

Brodhead-Juda 28, Jefferson 20

East Troy 28, Orfordville-Parkview 14

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