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BREAKING: Wolverines stun Badgers in double OT, SLC crown a three-way tie

by Mike Ramczyk

October 13, 2011

On Friday night in front of a raucous home crowd, the Badger football team had a chance to win its first outright Southern Lakes Conference title in 21 years.

Call it nerves. Call it bad luck. Call it the curse of the football gods. For some reason, the team which had rolled through opponents seven straight weeks without a hitch simply didn't show up in the season finale against the Waterford Wolverines.

In a sloppy performance, three Badger touchdowns were negated by penalties, and the local boys committed 12 penalties overall and three turnovers in a 7-0, double-overtime loss.

Badger finished the season 7-2 overall and 6-1 in the SLC, sharing the conference title with Waterford and Wilmot.

"We had too many mistakes," coach Matt Hensler said in frustration. "We didn't deserve to win. We haven't played like that all year. I don't know where it came from. But we're still conference champs."

With one glance at the stat sheet, it would seem Badger won the game handily.

The Badgers out-gained Waterford, 259-122. Also, the home team reeled off 17 first downs compared to Waterford's seven.

Badger squandered a golden opportunity to score in regulation.

With two minutes left in the third quarter, Badger had a first and goal at the Waterford 1-yard line. But a false start made it second and goal from the 6. Badger was then stuffed for a loss of four, leaving a third and 10. Rory Klean gained two yards, forcing a fourth down.

Facing the north end zone, against the wind, kicker Peter Karr pushed a 25-yard field goal wide right, keeping the game scoreless.

After Badger forced a punt, the offense took over. Senior Chris Walker busted off three first-down sprints, including an 18-yarder, giving Badger a first and 10 at the Waterford 20 with four minutes left in the game.

On second and nine, quarterback Peter Krien faked a handoff and shot through the left side of the defense for a 19-yard touchdown, dragging three defenders with him. But the play was called back because of a false start. Two thwarted running attempts later, Badger punted on fourth and 25 with two minutes left.

Waterford struck quickly with a 27-yard pass on the next play. However, Waterford quarterback Zach Fisher was picked off on the next play by Trent Bobula. The wounded duck of a toss was thrown right to the Badger junior.

With 1:40 remaining, Badger advanced to the Waterford 40 and faced a fourth and 3. But confusion at the line resulted in a delay of game penalty which caused another Badger punt. Waterford ran out the clock and took its chances in overtime.

In the first overtime, Badger started with the ball. Another Krien touchdown run was negated by a penalty, this time offensive holding. On second and 18 and with no other choice but to break character, Badger passed on three straight downs, culminating in a Krien interception on fourth down where the Waterford defense stepped in front of the Badger receiver.

Now it was Waterford's turn. They played for the field goal, with a 40-yard attempt to win it. But Waterford kicker Nick Wirsching missed wide left despite plenty of distance.

In the second extra frame, the Wolverines finally had some success running the ball. It took four plays, all runs, capped off by a Greg Steffans one-yard score, and Waterford put the first points on the board two and a half hours after kickoff. The extra point made it 7-0.

On the next possession, a Krien 10-yard run set Badger up with a first and goal from the 10, but Walker was stymied for a loss of two.

Then, on second and 12, Krien utilized a nice fake handoff and quickly lobbed a pop pass for tight end Eric Winger, who was open. However, Krien didn't get enough on the ball as a Waterford defender skied for another pick to seal the victory.

Waterford players jubilantly rushed the field in celebration as the Badgers, dejected and heartbroken, walked slowly to their sideline.

Krien paced the Badgers with 107 rushing yards but was didn't complete a pass in four attempts with the two costly picks. Klean added 80 yards, and Walker tallied 73.

Steffans led the Wolverines with 54 yards.

Badger will play in the Division 1 playoffs, which kick off either Friday or Saturday.

Badger's opponent, date and time will be announced Monday afternoon. Check and the Lake Geneva Regional News and Resorter Facebook page Monday for more details.

Check Wednesday's Regional News for photos from the game.

Other area scores

Big Foot 48, Palmyra-Eagle 0

WALWORTH - The Chiefs clinched their fifth straight Rock Valley South title Friday by pummeling the visiting Panthers.

Big Foot got off to a bit of a slow start before pouring on 27 second-quarter points.

Junior Mason Dixon had a second consecutive huge night on the ground, piling up 168 yards on 13 carries with four touchdowns. Two of Dixon's scoring scampers covered 78 and 53 yards.

Matt Ripkey caught a long touchdown pass from Jake Wedig for a second straight Friday, this one a 47-yarder which put Big Foot up 34-0.

The defense was stingy yet again, holding Palmyra to less than 200 total yards. Spencer Volbrecht returned a fumble 38 yards for a touchdown near halftime.

With 87 yards on the ground, Kenny Walker surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau for the season, with 1,079. Dixon's monster effort also put him over the 1,000-yard hump with 1,015 yards.

Check Wednesday's Regional News for a full story.

Johnson Creek 39, Williams Bay 0

Westosha Central 42, Elkhorn 41

Delavan-Darien 41, Wilmot 20

Burlington 56, Union Grove 7

East Troy 44, Evansville 14

Edgerton 20, Whitewater 17

Jefferson 42, McFarland 6

Brodhead/Juda 61, Beloit Turner 12

Clinton 34, Parkview 27