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Black Hawk Wins First State Title
Thursday, November 21st, 2013 -- 1:57 pm
Posted by Larry Hoeser, Sports Director


Black Hawk (14-0) dethroned Glenwood City (12-2) as champion in Division 7 following a 44-22 victory in the title game Thursday at the WIAA State Football Championships in Madison..

The Warriors jumped out to a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter on a 17-yard run by Jayden Rufenacht and a 5-yard scamper by Tanner Sweeney. On the next play from scrimmage, the Hilltoppers cut their deficit to 14-6 with a 68-yard run by Nick Mrdutt. Mrdutt tied the game with a 1-yard plunge with less than a minute left in the half.

The Warriors regained the momentum with a score on their ensuing possession on a 24-pass from Heath Butler to Tyler Peterson with 21 seconds left in the half. The drive was set-up by a 38-yard kickoff return by Sweeney into Glenwood City territory. Black Hawk led 22-14 at the half.

The Warriors scored on their first two possession of the second half on a pair of 65-yard dashes. Sweeney scored at the 11:43 mark, and Brett Lovelace duplicated the feat with 9:18 left in the quarter to extend the lead to 30-14.

Butler scored on a 16-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to cap the Black Hawk scoring. Glenwood City added a token score with under a minute to play in the game. Jake Logghe caught a 25-yard pass from Nick Schone to account for the final score.

Sweeney rushed for 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Heath Butler completed 6-of-7 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown to lead the Warriors’ attack. The Hilltoppers were paced by Isaac Tuttle with a game-high 151 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Black Hawk wins its first State championship in its second appearance in the State final. 2012 champion Glenwood City finishes runner-up in its fourth State final.



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