Williams Bay's Eli Edington, right, and Big Foot's Jack Gillingham fight for position for a rebound during tonight's OT thriller in Walworth.
WALWORTH — Big Foot's boys basketball team overcame two separate deficits to force overtime and then surge past Williams Bay tonight by a final score of 72-68 in a crosstown rivalry matchup.
The thrilling victory before a hometown crowd in Walworth extends Big Foot's winning streak to six straight games over the Williams Bay Bulldogs in boys basketball.
It was also the third time in recent years that
the crosstown rivalry showdown was decided in the final moments by a margin of five point or fewer.
Williams Bay started out strong in tonight's game, opening up a 12-point lead in the first half. The Bulldogs also enjoyed a 14-point lead in the second half.
But the Big Foot Chiefs orchestrated rallies to overcome both deficits. At the end of regulation, the two teams were tied 64-64, forcing overtime.
The contest saw Big Foot sophomore Gus Foster and Williams Bay junior Jaden Randall engage in a scoring duel. By the time the home team claimed victory, Foster and Randall had scored 27 points apiece, both leading their teams in offensive output.
Defensive linemen Josef Botello, left, and Christian Nickel get set to rush the passer in Badger’s game against Greendale.
Lineman Kyle Freund brings down Greendale running back Joe Toetz in Badger’s 20-7 Aug. 22 win.
Badger wide receiver Joey Amann checks with the referee to make sure he’s properly aligned in the Aug. 22 win over Greendale.
Badger running back Tanner Garrels, shown in action earlier this season, ran for 35 yards in the team's loss to Wilmost.
Quarterback Grant DuMez will lead the Badgers in the playoffs when they face conference foe Burlington on Oct. 25.
Big Foot defensive back Jack Gillingham dives for a sack on Jefferson quarterback Logan Wagner.
Big Foot players all had a JH sticker on the back of their helmets to honor longtime coach Jim Haeni who passed away in January.
With a year of experience under his belt, Big Foot quarterback Basil Demco will return as a leader next year after the team loses a large crop of seniors from the 2019 team.
Cole Vance, left, Jack Gillingham, center, and Owen Martin, right, all earned All-Conference honors for their efforts this season.
Big Foot running back Cole Vance, center, is one of the experienced returning weapons for the Chiefs offense.
Quarterback Cole Oertel, right, will return under center next year for the Bulldogs as one of 18 returning players on a young team this season.
Williams Bay’s Ian Karcher has played a number of roles for the Bulldogs as one of only two seniors on the squad.
Williams Bay defender Jacob DeLeon, left, dives on a New London fumble while Jake Oertel, center, and Sam Norton make sure he has a hold of it.
Williams Bay Bulldog Jake Oertel earned All-Conference for his role as the team's top receiving threat.
Bulldogs coach Jon Tomaszewski, left, coaches up quarterback Cole Oertel on the sidelines during Williams Bay’s Aug. 24 game.