Offensive player of the day: West De Pere's Jay Tollefson rushed 25 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns and completed 12 of 17 passes for 133 yards and two TDs (not to mention a two-point conversion) in the Phantoms' 35-0 win over Waukesha Catholic Memorial in the WIAA Division 3 state title game. Not bad for a guy who was a wide receiver last year and caught six passes for 48 yards and a TD in a 34-27 Division 3 state title game loss to Reedsburg.
Defensive player of the day: Waunakee linebacker Zack Hougland, who had 11 tackles in the Warriors' 48-7 win over Cedarburg in the Division 2 state final. He also led the effort that helped wear down workhorse running back Logan Lauters, who carried 33 times — more than the whole Waunakee team combined — for 116 yards, almost 80 yards under his season average.
Play of the day I: Waunakee's Jared Staege had 66-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter. He took the ball at his own 34-yard line, split a convoy of blockers near midfield and took it the rest of the way for the longest punt return in Division 2 state finals history. (breaking Sussex Hamilton's Vince Coraggio's mark of 58 set in 2000) It was also the first punt return for a touchdown by a Waunakee player in the program's six state finals appearances.
Play of the day II: Waunakee fans had barely stopped buzzing about Staege's big play when Max Chamberlain stepped in front of a Cedarburg pass intended for Kain Kaiman and took it 45 yards the other way for another TD. It was the third return for a TD in state finals history for Waunakee, which had never had one until defensive end Jake Irwin returned a fumble 36 yards for a score in a 34-21 win over Kimberly in last year's Division 2 state championship game.
Stat of the day: West De Pere's Randy Hill not only showed good hands in setting a Division 2 state finals record for most catches in a game (eight), but he also was mighty impressive with his leg. The senior averaged 46 yards on five punts (long of 60) and also booted his five kickoffs through the end zone for touchbacks.
YOU SHOULD KNOW
Dylan Chmura, Waukesha West: In his first season as an offensive assistant for Waukesha West, former Green Bay Packers tight end Mark Chmura has seen his son Dylan, a sophomore tight end for the Wolverines, develop from a raw athlete into a playmaker.
"He's off to a good start," said Mark Chmura, who was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame last summer. "He's better at his age than I was, so we'll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned."
Dylan had a 17-yard touchdown catch during the Wolverines' 45-26 victory over Stevens Point in the Division 1 title game.
"It's a great experience," Dylan said. "He's obviously been teaching me the game of football since I was very young. Being out here and having him coach this year has been great."
FOR THE RECORD
Maly catches Straus in the record book: Waunakee senior tight end Austin Maly, a University of Wisconsin recruit, matched teammate Derek Straus for the record for most receiving yards (127) in a Division 2 state title game. Maly needed five catches to gain his yardage; Straus got it done on two grabs — one a 72-yarder for a TD — in the 2009 title game.
Waunakee picks off another record: Chamberlain, Staege, Ross Maly and Christian Foster teamed up to match Ashwaubenon's 2000 record for most interceptions in a Division 2 final (four).
The one that got away: Waunakee came up one point shy of tying Menomonie (1993) for the most points scored in a Division 2 title game (49).