St. Mary’s Springs captures third straight state title, defeats Regis 7-0 in Division 6

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The St. Mary’s Springs Ledgers captured their third straight title, taking down Regis 7-0 in Division 6. This is the Ledgers’ ninth gold ball in school history.

“It’s surreal,” Ledgers defensive back/running back David Mueller said. “The feeling never gets old, even for Springs people. I don’t know. I hope to be back here next year.”

The Ledgers defense dominated Regis on Thursday afternoon inside Camp Randall, holding the Ramblers to 2.8 yards per play.

“Well, it’s called experience and we didn’t have it at the beginning of the year,” Ledgers coach Bob Hyland said. “We have to play as a team, not as individuals. That’s one of the things we stressed after our second game of the season when we lost to Amherst. They showed it today. They showed what they’ve learned, and I can’t be prouder of this team than any other that I’ve had.”

“He’s just a great coach,” Ledgers quarterback Braydon King said. “I’ve never seen anyone watch so much film before. He sets us up for success. By Monday we already know what we’re going to be doing for the week. It’s just great. There’s no other way to describe it. It’s just amazing.”

Senior running back Marcus Orlandoni led the Ledgers with 20 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown. David Mueller added 14 carries for 57 yards.

“I didn’t think that we’d only score once, and that’s what it came down to,” Ledgers running back Marcus Orlandoni said. “Our defense held them to zero points and that’s all it took.”

To clinch the state title, the Ledgers recovered a Gus Theisen fumble with under two minutes to play and ran out the clock from there.

Bob Hyland has led this club to three straight championships. Last season, the Ledgers defeated Stratford 20-17. And in 2017, St. Mary’s Springs beat Iola-Scandinavia 35-12.

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