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High School Football: Improbable run ends in D-4 State Title for Winneconne

After starting the season 2-5, the Winneconne Wolves finished a postseason run for the ages Thursday night.
MADISON (WIAA) - Winneconne (9-5) scored 28 unanswered en route to a 28-14 victory over Platteville (9-5) in the Division 4 championship game Thursday evening.

The Hillmen took its only lead of the game in the first quarter with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Logan Butson to Derek Schambow at 9:48 in the first quarter. The Wolves tied the game on a 3-yard run by Mitchell Markert 44 seconds later. Riley Kallas scored on a 1-yard run in the closing minute of the first quarter and added a 58-yard burst to give Winneconne a 21-7 lead with five minutes to play in the half.

Kallas found the end zone again on the Wolves first possession of the second half. Mitchell Fenrich lofted a perfect pass to Kallas streaking down the sideline to extend the Winneconne lead to 28-7.

Platteville scored with 7:56 remaining in the game on a 15-yard run by Jacob Bernhardt to cut the deficit to 28-14, but that’s the closest the Hillmen would get the remainder of the game.

Markert rushed for a game-high 120 yards and a touchdown, while Kallas added 58 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground and 120 yards receiving with a touchdown to pace the Wolves’ offense. Zachary Henderson intercepted two passes, and Alex Ford had 11 tackles to lead the defensive charge. Platteville was held to 42 yards rushing in the game, and Logan Butson was picked off three times despite throwing for 174 yards and a touchdown.

Winneconne wins the State championship in its first-ever appearance in a championship final. The Wolves’ improbable path to the State title came after a 4-5 finish to the regular season and being seeded sixth in their playoff grouping. Platteville finishes runner-up in its second State final appearance.
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