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Senior quarterback Carson Hansen helped Pewaukee deliver their first state championship on Friday afternoon. The senior had the two touchdowns for the Pirates in a 15-6 win over Rice Lake at Camp Randall in the Division 3 State Title game.
“It is a tribute to the children and coaches and the work they have done, but also to all the children who laid the foundation,” said Pewaukee head coach Justin Friske of the state title. “Every time you win a title like this, it means so much to those involved and gives the entire community a boost.”
On the first possession of the game, Pewaukee finished a 12-play drive with a one-yard touchdown run from quarterback Carson Hansen. After the touchdown, the Pirates added a successful two-point conversion run by Logan Schill to take the early 8-0 lead.
Hansen wasn’t even Pewaukee’s quarterback earlier in the season. Two-year-old starter Logan Dobberstein missed the season after undergoing arm surgery, and second string quarterback Zane Farra lost a collarbone injury later during the season.
“Because of his great competitiveness and athleticism, Carson took the opportunity and really grew over the year,” said Friske. “As coaches, we also had to figure out how to best use him. When we felt more comfortable with him and he settled in, he really blossomed and we could do the run we did. ”
Rice Lake cut Pewaukee’s lead to two in first possession of the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run by Cole Fenske. The Pirates missed a 39 yard field goal attempt on the halftime weapon when Pewaukee walked into the locker room with an 8-6 lead.
After a goalless third quarter, Pewaukee secured victory with a 26-yard touchdown run from Hansen to a 15-6 win.
Hansen led both Pewaukee’s pass and run attacks to victory when the quarterback threw 69 yards and ran 98 yards with 20 carries as eight different Pirates players had carries in the game. Max Sheridan led the Pirates’ defense with nine tackles while Josh Bunyer had seven.
“With so many players playing in both directions, we had the feeling that we could give them a break offensively and bring other players onto the field,” said Friske of the even distribution of the ball. “I would like to hope that it made planning the game a little more difficult for us as we had no feature back … but it was really a necessity to let our boys play for 48 minutes.”