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.
"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."
"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."
"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."