You can’t blame West De Pere junior quarterback Jay Tollefson for pinching himself after Friday’s 35-0 victory over Waukesha Catholic Memorial in the WIAA Division 3 state prep football title game at Camp Randall Stadium.
It all seemed too unreal.
“I dreamt of it, but I did not dream 35-0, I can tell you that much,” he said after leading the Phantoms (14-0) to their first state title.
Tollefson rushed for 150 yards, passed for 133 and scored four times. He led West De Pere’s offense on three straight scoring drives in the second quarter to build a 21-0 halftime lead.
Junior running back Brandon Carter broke through early in the second quarter with a 1-yard TD run after Tollefson got free for a 20-yard run to get the Phantoms into the red zone.
An interception by senior Andy DeRuyter set up West De Pere’s next score. Tollefson found senior wideout Randy Hill for an 8-yard touchdown.
Hill, whose kickoffs also put field position in favor of West De Pere, finished with 95 yards on eight catches, which tied the Division 3 record for receptions.
Tollefson capped the half with a 15-yard scoring pass to senior Matt VanDanHeuvel. Tollefson added touchdown runs of 27 and 2 yards in the second half.
Waukesha Catholic Memorial running back Pete Karczewski, who came into the game with 1,648 rushing yards and 17 TDs this season, was neutralized by West De Pere’s defense. He finished with 89 yards on 23 carries as the Crusaders finished their season at 11-3.
“Offensively (West De Pere) came out tough and on defense they came out real hard,” Karczewski said.
“They hit hard and just played all-around great football, and we just didn’t come out to play.”