Waunakee used every phase of the game to take their seventh state title on Friday with a 33-21 win over Homestead in the WIAA Division 2 State Championship at Camp Randall, Madison.
After Waunakee’s first two drives ended in interceptions, Quentin Keene started with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Keller with 23 seconds to go in the first quarter. Both teams had a scoring festival in the last two and a half minutes when Sal Ballestieri scored the tie from a yard before Waunakee responded with a 98-yard kickoff return from Ben Farnsworth to regain the lead.
After an interception from Ballestieri on the next drive, Waunakee added a 19-yard touchdown run from Michael Gnorski as they went into halftime with a 20-7 lead.
Both teams exchanged scores in the third quarter when Homestead had a 15-yard touchdown from Joseph Ollman and Gnorski had his second quick touchdown of the day for Waunakee. The Hilltoppers had a lavish touchdown from Ballestieri in the fourth quarter, while Keene and Keller were linked with a one-yard touchdown pass to the final score of the game.
Keene led Waunakee by 193 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Ballestieri led the homestead passing attack with 111 yards and two interceptions. Ollman led all rushers in the game by 135 yards.
Waunakees Drew Mais was the leading tackler in the game with 10 in the win while Drew Wilson and Cole Elsbee both had seven for Homestead.
Recently, on November 5th, Mequon Homestead faced each other in a football game at Wauwatosa West. We got the game covered. For a full summary, click here.
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