Kimberly High School sends football team to title game with pride

Kimberly, Wis. (WFRV) - Tomorrow, all eyes are on Kimberly High School.  The Papermakers have the nation's longest winning streak, and before heading to Madison to go for their 70th win in a row, the school and community sent them off with pride.    

Sounds of drums and horns filled the Kimberly gymnasium as students gathered to celebrate their accomplishments at the annual Fall Sports Celebration.

"It keeps our kids involved, connected, supportive of each other, and it really just sets a good tone for the year," said Principal, Mike Rietveld.

Almost 1,600 students raised their voices to show school spirit for all the fall athletes, club members, and student band.

But let's just say, they saved the most exciting moment for last.  With a sea of claps and cheers the varsity football team hit the floor ahead of their State Championship game tomorrow.

"This group is a very resilient bunch," said Varsity Head Coach, Steve Jones. "We've been tested like we've never been tested before within a season, we have had a lot of close games and our kids have shown a lot of grit and determination."

The team is no stranger to Madison.  If they win Friday, it will be their 5th straight state title.

Coach says, "They're going to be ready to play, I mean how can you not be excited to play in the State Championship game at Camp Randle?"

Jones says the team put in the hard work, but if it wasn't for the fans and the student body, none of this could have been possible.

"That energy rolls over onto the field, no doubt about it," said Jones.

The team leaves for Madison Friday morning at 10:45.  They will face off against Sun Prairie, from the Madison area, at 4:00pm.

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