Waunakee Caps Off Perfect Season with Division 2 State Title Win over Homestead; Game recap and Stats

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Waunakee (14-0) won the Division 2 State title with a 33-21 victory over Homestead (11-3) in the championship game. Andrew Keller hauled in a 34-yard pass from Quintin Keene to put the Warriors up 7-0 with 23 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Highlanders tied the game on a Sal Balistrieri 1-yard run after a fumble recovery set the offense up in Warriors’ territory. Ben Farnsworth captured the momentum back for Waunakee with a record-setting 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to regain the lead at 14-7 with 1:58 in the first half. It’s the longest kickoff return for any division in State history.

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Waunakee added another touchdown before the half after an interception set them up near midfield. The Warriors scored with 32 seconds remaining on a 19-yard run by Michael Gnorski for a 20-14 halftime advantage. Homestead cut into the deficit with a 15-yard rush by Joe Ollman, who led all rushers in the game with 124 yards, to make the score 20-14 with 3:24 remaining in the third period.

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Gnorski scored his second touchdown of the game to increase the Warriors’ advantage to 27-14 with a 24-yard run at the 2:37 mark of the third quarter. Balistrieri added another touchdown for the Highlanders on an 11-yard burst with 9:59 remaining in the game.

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The Warriors capped the scoring on another Keene to Keller connection, this from the 1-yard line. Keller caught a game-high five passes for 80 yards. Waunakee wins the title for the seventh time in 11 State Final appearances, and Homestead placed runner-up in its eighth appearance in the final.

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David Keech
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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]