Waunakee Wins Seventh State Football Title

Waunakee didn’t dominate the stat sheet, but they dominated where it counts as they beat Homestead 33-21.

Homestead outgained Waunakee 348-293, dominated time of possession 30:47-17:13, and lead the turnover battle 4-2.

After a sloppy start to the game, Waunakee took the lead right at the end of the 1st quarter on a 34-yard pass from Quinten Keene to Andrew Keller, Aiden Driscoll would hit the extra point.

After a pair of turnovers, one by each team, Homestead would respond on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Sal Balistrieri the extra point would be good by Sean West to tie the game at 7:00.

Waunakee would not take long to get the lead back, as Ben Farnsworth would return the kickoff a state record 97 yards for a touchdown, Driscoll would hit the extra point to put Waunkee up 14-7.

After another Homestead interception, Waunakee would score on four plays ending with a Michael Gnorski run for 19 yards, the extra point would be missed and give us or halftime score of 20-7.

Homestead would strike first in the third on a 15 yard run by Joe Ollman, the extra point was good cutting the lead to 20-14. But Waunakee would respond again, this time aided by a personal foul call on Homestead, to set up a Michael Gnorski touchdown run of 24 yards, the extra point was good and Waunakee lead 27-14.

Homestead would cut into the lead again on a Sal Balistrieri 11 yard touchdown run, and they would get the extra point to cut the lead to six at 27-21.

But Waunakee would go on a six-minute drive, again aided by a personal foul penalty on Homestead that would end on a one-yard pass from Keene to Keller, Waunakee would go for two but fail, and they would lead 33-21.

Homestead had a drive going but would stall out at the 35.

Quinten Keene would lead all passers going 12/18 for 193 yards 2 TDs 2 INTs. Joe Ollman would lead rushers with 32 carries 124 yards and a TD.

Steven Okonek
Author: Steven Okonek