Corbin Hynes’ 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter provided the difference as Columbus (14-0) rallied from a 21-20 deficit and scored a 23-20 victory over Waukesha Catholic Memorial (13-1) in the WIAA Division 4 state football championship game in snowy conditions Thursday night at Camp Randall Stadium.
Columbus quarterback Nathan Cotter threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jefferson Mobry, tying the game at 14-14 with 3 seconds left in the first half. Cardinals running back Colton Brunell scored his second touchdown on an 8-yard run with 8:45 left in the third quarter, giving the Cardinals a 20-14 lead.
Catholic Memorial had won the past two Division 4 state titles (in 2021 and 2019) and also won the Division 3 title in 2018.
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