Stanley, Glenwood City (WQOW) -- Wednesday, two area football teams, Stanley-Boyd and Glenwood City, hold their final practices of the season...both will close out the year Thursday at Camp Randall Stadium in the WIAA State Finals.
Stanley-Boyd is making its first trip to Madison since 1996...some of the current players weren't even born back then. Either way, the Orioles will head back home with hardware, but they'd prefer gold over silver.
Stanley-Boyd battles perennial power Lancaster in the Division 5 state championship.
"We watched a little bit of film," says Orioles senior running back/linebacker Craig Mason, "so we know what to expect, but it looks like they're a run-heavier team, so I think if we shut down the run, we should have a good chance."
"We just have to stop them, it sounds simple but it's really not," says Stanley-Boyd senior wide receiver/defensive back Dusty Spaeth, "our defense has to play strong, they've got some fast guys, quarterback, running back, receivers, and then we've gotta do what we've got to do on offense to get the ball down the field and into the end zone."
Glenwood City is looking to make it back-to-back Division 7 state titles. In last year's state championship game, the Hilltoppers actually trailed at the break, but Glenwood City pulled away, outscoring Potosi 34-7 in the second half.
This season, the Toppers face another unbeaten team from southwest Wisconsin, Black Hawk.
"The biggest thing for us is just to do our jobs," says Glenwood City senior quarterback/linebacker Nick Mrdutt, "I know the coaches spent a lot of time putting in a great game plan for us, so if we can stick to our responsibilities, and just play tough all four quarters, I think we'll have a great chance."
"I think the seniors and juniors, they know what to expect," says Hilltoppers senior running back/linebacker Isaac Tuttle, "we've got to get our awe factor out before we even start to play, so if we get that out I think we'll be okay and we'll have a great game."
WQOW News 18's Stephen Kelley and Ryan Leis will be at Camp Randall Stadium, Thursday, covering both Stanley-Boyd and Glenwood City. The Hilltoppers take on Black Hawk at 10:00 A.M., with Stanley-Boyd battling Lancaster at 4:00 P.M.
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