MADISON, WI (OnFocus) – The Colby Hornets used a strong first-half performance to capture their fourth state title in school history.
The Hornets capped off a 13-1 season with a 22-7 victory over the Champions of the Wisconsin Flyway Conference, St. Mary’s Springs Ledgers.
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Senior quarterback Brent Jeske got the scoring started on Colby’s opening drive of the game with a 4-yard touchdown run with 10:02 left to play in the first quarter. Jeske then punched in another short-yardage touchdown with 5:04 left to play in the first quarter.
Colby piled on the Ledgers with a Jeske 63-yard fumble return touchdown on the ensuing St. Mary’s Springs drive. A missed extra point made it 20-0 Colby with 11:21 to play in the second quarter.
The Ledger defense tightened up as they didn’t allow another Hornet score the rest of the first half.
Springs got on the board with a Levi Huempfer 52-yard touchdown run to make the score 20-7 Colby heading into halftime.
Head Coach Jim Hagen said after the game that the players needed energy to keep the pressure on the Ledgers.
“Even before halftime one of our players came over and said, ‘Coach, I’m not telling you what to do but you’ve got to jack us up at halftime because we knew what they did last week against Darlington,” Hagen said.
The second half featured the stout Colby defense as they force two punts and a turnover on downs before senior Andrew Jeske sacked Springs quarterback Cullen King in the endzone for a safety.
The final score showed Colby atop the leaderboard of Division 6 with a 22-7 victory. Brent Jeske led the Hornet offense 130 yards rushing with two touchdowns on 25 attempts. Junior Caden Healy ran the ball 15 times for 75 yards while adding a 52-yard kick return and senior Mason Voss carried 12 times for 43 yards.
Brent Jeske was 3-9 passing for 40 yards including a 26-yard strike to Caden Healy that led to a score in the first quarter.