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BREAKING: Chiefs see state hopes vanish in state semifinal

November 13, 2010 | 05:56 PM
Middleton -- For the first five minutes of action Saturday, the Big Foot football squad continued its playoff momentum and appeared poised for another dominant victory.

With the stakes high in a Division 4 state semifinal, Big Foot threw the first punch on a Jordan Gottman 23-yard touchdown run with 7:19 remaining in the first quarter. The score came after a Brodhead three-and-out, and the Chiefs were seemingly in control. Playing in fierce winds and drizzling rain, the field seemed to favor Big Foot's smash-mouth style.

But the Cardinals reeled off 25 unanswered points and by the time Big Foot showed some life, it was too late. The Chiefs lost their first playoff game since November 2008, 32-14, to their division rival.

Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig said nobody ever really stepped up for the Chiefs.

"We didn't have players make plays when they had to," he said. "And Brodhead played really well. They did a great job defensively stopping our running game. I knew we were going to be in trouble if we had to throw more than 10 times, and we threw plenty. Hats off to Brodhead. I wish them all the best."

The Chiefs found themselves in a 19-7 hole at halftime before falling behind 25-7 in the fourth quarter. But Big Foot didn't give up, as Gottman punched the ball in from two yards out to cut the lead to 25-14 with 10 minutes left in the contest.

After the Chiefs stuffed the Cardinals on a fourth-and-three late in the third quarter, Big Foot was in full-blown passing mode with the clock ticking under seven minutes in the game and the Chiefs at midfield.

Facing a third-and-12, a defensive pass interference set Big Foot up at their own 46-yard line. After a dropped pass, the Chiefs had a third-and-three at the Brodhead 47, but a low throw from Wedig was picked off by Brohead and returned deep inside Big Foot territory.

The Cardinals wasted little time driving the dagger through Big Foot's state hopes.

On a play that had worked all game, Brodhead quarterback David Earleywine snuck into the end zone with 3:06 remaining from three yards out, effectively sealing the win.

Brodhead shut down Big Foot's dangerous rushing attack. But it's worth noting that Big Foot was without star tailback Kenny Walker, who missed the entire game due to an ankle injury.

Big Foot finished the season 10-3, including a 10-1 mark in its last 11 games. The boys have posted an impressive 37-4 record in the last three seasons.

Overall, Wedig was proud of his team.

"The seniors have been great leaders all year," he said. "Not a lot of people expected us to do much this year. After we lost to Delavan, people thought we were done. I'm not terribly disappointed. I thought we had a hell of a year."

Check Wednesday's Regional News for a complete story including stats and more comments from Wedig and senior lineman Kyle Collins.

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