Wautoma wins South Central Conference Championship
The Wautoma football team won the South Central Conference Championship finishing off their undefeated conference season with a 28-22 win over the Mauston Golden Eagles at home on Oct. 13.
The first quarter saw neither team able to sustain an offensive drive against the opposing defense; however, starting with the ball in the second quarter, the Hornet offense came to life on a 53-yard pass from Ryan Lois to Spencer Klinger.
Wautoma would score their first touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Lois to Cade Peterson. Lois then ran in the 2-point conversion to take the lead, 8-0.
After an interception by senior Dustin Farrar, the Hornest took over on their own 10-yard line. With 16 seconds left in the half, Lois completed a 90-yard pass to Cade Peterson for another Wautoma touchdown.
In the third quarter, both teams traded touchdowns with Mauston scoring first on a 12-yard pass. On the ensuing kick-off, Max Bennett exploded through a small gap and outran the Mauston kick-off team for a 78-yard touchdown.
Mauston capped their next drive with a 13-yard touchdown run of their own; however, on the Golden Eagles’ next possession, junior Matt Kroll intercepted a pass and ran 60-yards for a touchdown.
Mauston capped their drive as they punched in a 1-yard run as they tried to close the gap as Wautoma led, 28-22. The Hornet defense sealed the South Central Conference Championship when Damean Netzler intercepted the ball with 9 seconds remaining in the game.