The final score was 57-0, but the most important number was 300 for the Waunakee football team on Thursday night.
Waunakee coach Pat Rice earned his 300th career victory as the host Warriors (2-0) shut out Fort Atkinson (1-1).
Rice, at 300-42, ranks ninth in state history in career victories and holds an .876 winning percentage, best of the top 10 coaches on the all-time list.
Quentin Keene threw four touchdown passes, completing 5 of 6 attempts for 96 yards, and Waunakee’s Caden Nelson ran for 45 yards and a TD.
Middleton 18, Verona 15
For the visiting Cardinals (2-0), quarterback Sawyer Pertzborn ran for a 6-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, tacking on a 2-point conversion pass to senior tight end Bryce Hensen to win a back-and-forth game. The outcome spoiled the debut game for the Wildcats in their new stadium.
Pertzborn also threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Hensen to get the Cardinals on the board in the second quarter. Verona (0-2) opened the scoring with a 70-yard touchdown run by University of Wisconsin recruit Jackson Acker 2 minutes, 4 seconds into the game. Mason Armstrong made it 9-0 with a 26-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
Midway through the third, Verona’s Graham Stier broke loose on a fourth-and-two play to score from 32 yards out. Junior Elijah Gray powered Middleton on the ground with 163 yards. Verona got 109 total yards from Acker.
Sun Prairie 42,
Beloit Memorial 8
The Cardinals (2-0) came out strong against the Purple Knights (0-2), scoring four times in the first quarter and seven times in the first half. Brady Stevens threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Addison Ostrenga to start the scoring, Jerry Kaminski added a 4-yard run. Stevens ran for a 2-yard score and Kaminski threw a 26-yard TD pass to Michael McMillan. Andrew Stoner and Kolton Walters ran for Sun Prairie’s final two scores. The Cardinals’ defense held Beloit to four first downs and 37 total yards.
Eau Claire North 7
Darrick Hill ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries to lead the visiting Vikings (1-1) past the Huskies (0-2). Hill broke off a 58-yard scoring scamper to open the second quarter, which was followed by an interception by Isaac Knutson and a 5-yard TD run by Hill. Stoughton also got 119 yards rushing and a touchdown from Jonah O’Connor and 97 yards rushing from Brooks Empey.
Walworth Big Foot 6
Lucas Heyroth opened the game with an 81-yard kickoff return, and Quinn Faust followed with a pair of touchdown passes to lead the visiting Blue Devils (2-0, 1-0 Rock Valley Small) past the Chiefs (1-1, 0-1). Lodi’s Connor Faust caught a 29-yard scoring pass in the second quarter, and Chance Meier caught a 26-yard pass in the third. Quinn Faust completed 11 of 20 throws for 148 yards, and Alkex Rashid ran for 86 yards on 24 carries. Big Foot got 133 passing yards from Basil Demco.
Columbus 46, Clinton 6
Caden Brunell and his younger brother, Colton, had huge performances in leading the Cardinals (2-0, 1-0 Rock Valley Small) past the Cougars (0-2, 0-1) at Walworth Big Foot. Caden Brunell ran for 129 yards and four touchdowns to lead the offense, and Colton Brunell led the defense with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Clinton had five turnovers, and each led to a Columbus touchdown. Cardinals quarterback Will Cotter threw for 160 yards.
Beloit Turner 0
Senior Konner Knauf, a transfer from Stoughton, delivered two big touchdown plays to help the host Crimson Tide (1-1, 1-0 Rock Valley Small) shut down the Trojans (0-2, 0-1). Knauf caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Drew Hanson in the opening minute of the second quarter to make it 14-0. After a safety, Knauf returned the ensuing kickoff 67 yards to make it 23-0 at the half.
Hanson opened the scoring with a 33-yard touchdown run. Ethan Krause led the Crimson Tide in rushing with 61 yards and Knauf finished with five receptions for 56 yards through the air. Hanson threw all five of his completed passes to Knauf.
New Glarus/Monticello 34, Poynette 7
New Glarus/Monticello’s Nathan Streiff became the first player in program history to reach 100 career receptions, catching 12 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns as the host Glarner Knights (2-0, 2-0 Spring Large Conference) beat the Pumas (1-1, 1-1). Darris Schuett completed 26 of 47 passes for 411 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for another score. Peter Gustafson caught four passes for 111 yards and a score. Poynette closed the scoring with a 22-yard scoring pass from Hayden Taylor to Hans Mueller.