MADISON, Wis. (WLAX/WEAU) – Three-peats don’t happen very often in sports and today at the WIAA State Football Championships, La Crosse Aquinas was looking to win their third straight Division 5 Title. Standing in their way, Wrightstown. Both teams looking for their 4th state titles, Blugolds looking for the three-peat.
Aquinas fumbles on their 1st drive and Wrightstown’s Aiden Humphries rumbles in for the 7-0 Tigers lead.
Blugolds punt on their next possession and on 3rd and 6 Tigers QB Trevor Vanden Hey keeps it outside, rips through a tackler and rushes in 41-yard touchdown. Tigers lead 13-0.
But the Blugolds flip the momentum in a hurry.
Cut the deficit to 13-8 into the 2nd, Brady Lehnerr walks in the go-ahead score.
And on the 2-point conversion, Aquinas opens the playbook. Pitch goes reverse goes pass, Walter Berns to his QB Jacob Thornton, 16-13 Aquinas lead.
same score later in the 2nd, Kyle White rips off a long run for Aquinas. Remember his name. Before David Malin bowls through a defender to extend the Aquinas lead to 24-13. And on the next play, it’s Kyle White again.
Historic day for the Blugolds junior, 32 carries, 240 yards, that’s a D5 State Title game record, as Aquinas makes it three in a row, 32-14 over Wrightstown.
Aquinas head coach, Tom Lee, says, “This is absolutely the first time these guys have been allowed to say the word three. We were not defending anything. We didn’t have to win three in a row tonight. All you have to do is come out and go one and all. And that’s been their focus. And they’ve gotten better every week. And the guts and the determination this team showed. I’ve never had a grittier and tougher team than these guys. We’ve had some good special ones, but these guys are different.”
White adds, Seeing our seniors back there in the student section or like just in the stands pointing at them, knowing that they’re here, cheering us on is an amazing thing to look back and see where it all started. And I’m just so happy that I can point to them and say they got the ball rolling. It’s almost I love those guys so much.”