Kimberly 29, Franklin 14
Kimberly’s dominance over high school football continues after winning a state championship, yet again. It wouldn’t come easy early on, as Franklin took a 14-0 lead into the break.
The Papermakers rallied back with two Danny Vanden Boom touchdown passes in the third quarter, one to Boyd Dietzen for 10 yards and a 49-yard pass and catch to Alec Rosner.
From there, it would be DJ Stewart putting the icing on the cake with touchdown runs from 43 and 24 yards out. Stewart had been held to just 31 yards rushing before his 43-yard score. He finished the game with 113 yards on 19 carries.
Dave Krieg Award recipient Danny Vanden Boom put was able to come out strong in the second half. He struggled in the game’s first two quarters, completing 6-of-12 passes for 49 yards and an interception. The second half was a different story, throwing 6-of-8 for for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Kimberly defense played its part too. They held Franklin to only 257 yards of total offense, forced three interceptions, and recovered two fumbles.
With the win, Kimberly also extends the nation’s longest winning streak in high school football to 56 games. It’s the sixth state title for the program.
Brookfield East 42, Monona Grove 36
Despite trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, Brookfield East never flinched on their way to their first state championship in program history. They can thank the offensive display put on by running back Sam Santiago-Lloyd, who finished his afternoon with 198 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
Brookfield East’s only other score came from a 22-yard touchdown strike from Jake Graf to Patrick Cartier in the second quarter before halftime to tie the game at 21.
East outgained Monona Grove in total yardage 405-266 and dominated the time of possession battle by nearly 22 minutes.
Catholic Memorial 24, Notre Dame 14
Catholic Memorial captured its second state Division 3 football championship in five years, with a 24-14 victory Friday against defending champion Green Bay Notre Dame.
Eric Fridl returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown, and he booted a 27 yard field goal to complete an undefeated 14-0 season for Catholic Memorial. Running back Jaylen Campbell rushed the ball 22 times for 167 yards and a touchdown.
Notre Dame’s Nate Ihlenfeldt led the team in receiving and rushing yards. He had 5 catches for 35 yards and a touchdown, and he carried the ball 27 times for 90 yards and a score.
Johnny Santaga had a difficult time finding success against the Catholic Memorial defense. He completed 15-of-27 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown, however he was picked off three times.