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BREAKING: Blocked field goal in final seconds ends Badger football season

Badger junior Peter Krien rushed for 116 yards and three first-half touchdowns Saturday. Here, he takes it to the house on a nine-yard scamper in the second quarter. Mike Ramczyk.

October 22, 2011 | 06:19 PM
Talk about heart-breaking.

There wasn't a dry eye among the players or coaches after the Badger football team's stunning 22-21 WIAA Division 1 playoff loss to visiting Sun Prairie Saturday.

It was a tough one to swallow to say the least.

With Badger trailing 22-21 with 9.7 seconds left, the local boys lined up for a game-winning 30-yard field goal.

However, a Sun Prairie player darted around the line, dove and blocked Peter Karr's attempt, essentially ending the game and Badger's season.

Badger finished the season 7-3.

Several Badger players dropped to their knees in disbelief after the play, and players and coaches wept in sadness after the game. Coach Matt Hensler and an assistant coach, though, reiterated their pride in each player and assured them it was an excellent season.

Badger was close to pulling off a dramatic victory.

With around four minutes left, Badger embarked on a nice drive to set up the field goal try. With 1:17 left, and facing a second and 8 from the Sun Prairie 28, quarterback Peter Krien hooked up with tight end Eric Winger down the middle for a 23-yard gain.

But on the next play, as has been the case in the last two games, Badger committed penalty, this time a false start. After two runs were stuffed, Prairie blocked the kick, and the visiting Prairie fans erupted in joy while Badger players slowly walked off the field.

Badger led 21-6 at one point. Clinging to a 21-16 lead with 8:21 left, an 80-yard Chris Walker touchdown run was called back due to holding.

Krien ran for 116 yards and three first-half touchdowns to lead Badger. Senior Rory Klean added 115 yards on 22 carries.

Winger caught three balls for 33 yards, including two big first-down receptions in the fourth quarter.

For a full story including stats and comments from Hensler and senior Ryan Jolly, check www.lakegenevanews.net later this weekend.

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