Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

BREAKING: Chiefs trample Trojans, clinch fifth straight RVC crown

by Mike Ramczyk

October 06, 2011

EAST TROY - Winning conference has been a topic of conversation all season for the Big Foot football team.

With a fifth straight Rock Valley South title at stake Friday night at East Troy, the Chiefs made their dream a reality thanks to big plays and bone-shattering hits.

The boys opened a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and continued their dominance in the second half, cruising to a 40-0 shutout.

Big Foot improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the RVC for the season. The win was its 35th consecutive conference win, a new record. The previous record of 34 was originally set by Beloit Turner in 1989 and later tied by Brodhead-Juda in 2001.

Now, the Chiefs can undoubtedly etch their names in the history books as one of the best Rock Valley football programs of all time. This was a special win for coach Rodney Wedig.

"It means a lot," he said. "I told the kids it means a lot. It's a sign of consistency. I told them there are a lot of good athletes who made a commitment to Big Foot five years ago when my guys were still in middle school. They started this, and we needed to keep it going for them. We've been talking about it all year. We were very happy and excited on the sidelines."

Kenny Walker, Big Foot's big-play threat, was held in check most of the game. But with weapons aplenty in the spread-style offense, anyone can step up at any moment. On Friday, two of those guys were junior receiver Matt Ripkey and junior running back Mason Dixon.

Dixon busted off a 66-yard touchdown to extend Big Foot's lead to 14-0 in the first quarter. Then, Ripkey took a short slant 76 yards to the house to give Big Foot a commanding 21-0 lead.

Walker was held to 83 yards on 17 carries but managed three touchdowns including a 62-yard fumble recovery return late in the game.

"It bothered me a little but I knew someone else would step up," Walker said of his off night. "I just kept trying and trying."

After both teams failed to muster a point in the second quarter, the Chiefs benefited from Trojan miscues in the second half.

First, a Big Foot fumble recovery after a car collision of a hit from Ian Vara set the Chiefs up deep in Trojan territory midway through the third quarter. After a Jake Wedig pass was nearly intercepted, he came back to find brother Christian on a nine-yard strike to make the score 27-0.

Walker's perseverance paid off in the fourth quarter. He scampered in the end zone for an 18-yard score then made his defensive presence felt on the ensuing East Troy drive.

During a strong run by East Troy star D.J. Sweet, Christian Wedig laid the wood to the star back, popping the ball in the air. In a bit of a "look what I found" scenario, the ball popped up right to Walker, who turned upfield and and put the finishing touches on the win 62 yards later.

Dixon ended up with a season-high 195 yards on 15 carries. Ripkey caught two balls for 124 yards. And while Jake Wedig only completed 3 of 13 passes, two of his completions went for touchdowns.

Sweet, who has rushed for more than 1,200 yards this year, was held to a mere 60 yards on 16 carries.

"Sweet's a heck of a running back," coach Wedig said. "But we slowed our flow down and played fundamentally-sound defense. Defensively, I never dreamed we would shut this team down. We just rose to the occasion when we had to."

Big Foot hosts Palmyra-Eagle in next Friday's regular-season finale.

"It was good for us to play four solid quarters tonight," coach Wedig said. "Tonight was a great preparation for the playoffs, and we keep working toward that goal."

Check Wednesday's Lake Geneva Regional News for a full story and photos.

Other area scores

Badger 59, Union Grove 20

Cambria-Friesland 46, Williams Bay 0

Burlington 42, Elkhorn 21

Waterford 66, Delavan-Darien 10

Wilmot 52, Westosha Central 7

Brodhead/Juda 42, Whitewater 0