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BREAKING -- Chiefs save best for last in area's first win



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September 10, 2010 | 10:15 PM
Brodhead -- Through 48 minutes of football Friday night, Big Foot and its arch-nemesis Brodhead-Juda were all tied up at 14-14.

But none of that mattered in overtime when junior running back Kenny Walker and senior defensive end Vaughn Bourassa both decided losing was no longer acceptable.

On Big Foot's first play of overtime from Brodhead's 25-yard line, Walker bolted for a touchdown, giving the Chiefs a 20-14 lead. Then, freshman kicker Ian Gallagher had his shot at redemption. Gallagher missed a 25-yard field goal at the end of regulation that would have won the game, but he was dead on with this extra point to extend Big Foot's lead to 21-14.

However, it was the defense that ultimately conserved the victory. Although Brodhead scored on five plays to cut the lead to 21-20, the Chiefs came up big on the two-point conversion. With excellent coverage from Jordan Gottman in the flat, senior defensive end Vaughn Bourassa chased down Brodhead's quarterback and forced him to fumble to win the game. Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig said it's a lot easier to be 1-2 than 0-3.

"This was a season-changing victory for sure," he said. "It was a big one to get. In the second half, people started stepping up and making plays. That's what we've been asking for all year, and we finally got it tonight."

Wedig said a turning point in the game, which Brodhead led 14-0 in the second quarter, came when Brodhead was threatening to take a 21-0 lead.

Walker intercepted a Brodhead pass at Big Foot's 10-yard line, and it changed the momentum of the game. The Chiefs would go on a 90-yard drive immediately after, capped off by a Mason Dixon 19-yard touchdown run with 3:37 left in the first half.

Big Foot's stout defense held the lead to 14-7 until late in the fourth quarter, when sophomore quarterback Carter Hare rolled out and found senior receiver Michael Kunes in the back of the end zone for a game-tying 10-yard touchdown pass. Gallagher's extra point tied the game at 14-14. After pinning Brodhead deep in its own territory, a three-and-out gave the ball right back to Big Foot with less than a minute remaining in regulation.

Hare then connected deep with Walker for a 38-yard pass down to Brodhead's seven-yard line, and Big Foot sprinted to the line to spike the ball with six seconds remaining. But Gallagher pushed his kick right and the game went into overtime.

Walker's overtime score was a simple trap, but his athleticism took over.

"Ken was hit at the line of scrimmage," Wedig said. "Then he broke a tackle and outran everyone to the edge for the score."

Wedig said his team is on track to win its fourth straight Rock Valley title.

"Now we can make a run," he said. "It wouldn't have been possible if we didn't beat Brodhead. A lot of kids rose to the occasion. And some seniors stepped up and played very well."

Big Foot must now travel to McFarland (3-0) next Friday at 7 p.m. McFarland is ranked third in the state for medium-sized schools according to Wedig. The Chiefs will still be without former starting quarterback Jake Wedig, whose knee injury will sideline for at least two more weeks.

Big Foot leaders

Rushing: Mason Dixon 13-92; Kenny Walker 12-87. Passing: Carter Hare 4-12, 64 yards, TD. Receiving: Walker 2-45; Michael Kunes 2-19, TD. Total yards: 266.

Other area scores

Hustisford 38, Williams Bay 0

Elkhorn 7, Wilmot 6

Westosha Central 33, Burlington 22

Waterford 33, Union Grove 28

Edgerton 33, East Troy 27

Jefferson 48, Whitewater 14

McFarland 20, Evansville 19

Palmyra-Eagle 42, Clinton 24

Illinois scores

Richmond-Burton 35, Winnebago 0

Johnsburg 38, Dundee-Crown 35

Oregon 26, Harvard 7

Grayslake North 20, McHenry 17

Huntley 20, Woodstock North 7

Marian Central 20, Aurora Christian 6

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