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WIAA State FB Finals Previews: Stanley-Boyd, Glenwood City

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Stanley-Boyd head coach Jeff Koenig Stanley-Boyd head coach Jeff Koenig
Stanley-Boyd senior RB/LB Ronny Ponick Stanley-Boyd senior RB/LB Ronny Ponick
Glenwood City head coach Shane Strong Glenwood City head coach Shane Strong
Glenwood City senior OL/LB Donovan Fornal Glenwood City senior OL/LB Donovan Fornal

Stanley-Boyd, Glenwood City (WQOW) -- The high school football season wraps up later this week with the WIAA State Finals. Two area teams are headed to Madison. One is making a repeat trip while the other hasn't been there since 1996. 

The latter would be Stanley-Boyd. The Orioles punched their ticket to state thanks to a 28-21 win over defending division five champion Amherst. Head coach Jeff Koenig says his team might not have experience on the state-wide stage, but they will be ready on Thursday.

"I told them last night at practice I wasn't going to pull a Hoosiers moment and go out and measure the field. We've played on a field, they're all the same size. We want to enjoy the moment. Once that opening kickoff starts, it's all business. But as long as they stay focused, they can enjoy the experience," says Koenig.

"We're super-excited as a team," adds senior running back and linebacker Ronny Ponick. "We've been working hard and this is our ultimate goal -- as a whole team to come together and prepare for a state championship. I'm ecstatic, I can't put it any other way."

Stanley-Boyd faces Lancaster in the Division 5 state title game. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. from Camp Randall Stadium.

"They're an outstanding triple option team," says Koenig about the Flying Arrows, "it's going to come down to stopping their quarterback, stopping their fullback. The one added dimension that they have is they're a good passing team as well, and they're going to take whatever our defense gives them, and we gotta make sure everybody plays sound assignments and with good fundamentals, and plays fast, that's been the key all season for us and we've got to use that to our advantage."

 

Experience is not a problem for Glenwood City in Division 7. The Hilltoppers will look for the program's first back-to-back state championships when they face Black Hawk. The team says the experience of playing at state is invaluable as they prepare for Thursday's game.

"They know what to expect," says head coach Shane Strong. "They've played with a target on their back all season long. There's a little more pressure than last year being and underdog and this year they've handled it very well. Being there last year, I think they're just as hungry this year to go down and win the gold ball."

"It helps a lot, because we've got the guys who have been there. And it's not just about the experience of playing in a state game before, it's about us helping the younger guys who haven't been there. We tell them don't think about it, it's just another game. You play your game and don't worry about all the bright lights and everything. You're just going out there and you're playing football," says senior offensive lineman and linebacker Donovan Fornal.

"I think last year I don't think the awe factor set in," Strong says, "I think that it took us a little while to adjust to some of the things that Potosi did, and we may have to do the same thing this year, you know we're facing a split-veer offense that we may have to make some option adjustments if we're not comfortable with what they're doing."

Glenwood City takes on Black Hawk with a state crown on the line. The game kicks off at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. 
 
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