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Badgers roll to fifth straight win, open playoffs Tuesday



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October 20, 2010 | 09:42 PM
Waterford -- When a high school football team opens the season 0-4, it can do one of two things. Players can bury their heads in the sand or turn things around.

Badger did the latter, and it has paid off big time. With a 35-7 blowout triumph Wednesday night at Waterford, the Badger football squad finished its season with five straight wins and a 5-4 mark after starting 0-4.

Now Badger advances to a WIAA playoff opener Tuesday night. The time and opponent have yet to be determined. While Badger usually plays in the Division 2 playoffs, this year could be different. According to coach Matt Hensler, Badger currently is the second-largest school in Division 2. The WIAA takes the 32 largest schools that are playoff eligible and puts them in Division 1. So Badger could conceivably end up in the Division 1 playoffs. Check www.lakegenevanews.net later in the week for updates.

Hensler said the defense and special teams were huge in the victory. He added that no matter the division, his team will be ready come Tuesday.

"If some schools bigger than us lose, we could be bumped up to Division 1," he said. "In my opinion, I don't think there's much difference between D1 and D2 in the state of Wisconsin. We'll play who we play."

As for the Waterford game, it was another dominant rushing attack and defensive performance that propelled Badger to the win. Badger totaled 295 yards, 261 on the ground. Also, the defense held the Wolverines to 138 yards until an 89-yard touchdown run late in the fourth got the home team on the board.

Also, two blocked punts by Badger led to 14 points. Junior Rory Klean carried the ball 20 times for 105 yards and a touchdown. Senior Trevor York and sophomore Peter Krien each added scoring runs.

Badger took a 14-0 lead into halftime before pouring it on in the third quarter with two more touchdown runs. For good measure, senior Mike McBride ran 13 yards around the right end to extend Badger's lead to 35-0 early in the fourth quarter.

Hensler gave credit to his players and coaches for turning the season around.

"The guys in the helmets are the ones responsible," he said. "They didn't hang their heads or quit on the coaches. And I'm proud of the coaches for continuing to coach. But to be a good coach, you need interested players. And the guys were."

Other area scores

Wilmot 30, Westosha Central 8

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