The Chiefs defense was put to the test early when the Redbirds returned the opening kickoff deep into Shiocton territory, but they were unable to take advantage of the field position when the drive stalled on the Shiocton 14-yard line. The Redbirds drove to the Shiocton 11-yard line on their ensuing drive following a 41-yard run by Tanner Wiegel, but again failed to convert the drive into any points.
Shiocton took advantage of the missed opportunities to score 35 unanswered points to decide the game. Jacob Van Asten ran to pay dirt from four yards out to give the Chiefs a 6-0 lead with 11:18 remaining in the second quarter. He added a 2-yard plunge at 6:57 of the quarter to extend the lead to 12-0. Patrick Brouillard caught a 35-yard strike from Van Asten to give the Chiefs a 19-0 halftime advantage.
Van Asten and Brouillard hooked up again with 4:50 remaining in the third quarter on 47-yard halfback option play to balloon the lead to 27-0. The Chiefs broke out the trickery to extend their lead to 35-0 when Van Asten threw back to Talon Heinemeyer on the option play for a 22-yard touchdown pass.
The Shiocton defense allowed only 131 total yards and six first downs in the game. Jacob Van Asten led the Chiefs, having a hand in all five touchdowns. He ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns, passed for 147 yards and three scores, which ties a Division 6 State final record. Wiegel led Darlington with 62 yards rushing.
It’s the first State championship for Shiocton (14-0) in three tries in the title game. Darlington (12-2) finishes runner-up in its ninth appearance.
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