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Ellsworth football stopped short in state title game

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Players from Catholic Memorial High School and Ellsworth High School shake hands after the WIAA Division 4 championship. Catholic Memorial won 21-12.

MADISON (WQOW) - A 21-point deficit was too much for the Ellsworth Panthers football team to erase Thursday in the WIAA Division 4 state championship game.

The Panthers lost 21-12 to Catholic Memorial at Camp Randall Stadium. Ellsworth finishes its spectacular season 12-1. This was the team's first trip to the state finals since 1990, the year it won its only state championship.

Catholic Memorial scored moments into the game on a Corey Smith touchdown run, then recovered an onside kick to steal a possession from the Panthers.

Rory Fox ran in for a 5-yard touchdown to give Catholic Memorial a 14-0 lead. Fox later threw a touchdown pass to Obacoso Allen to make it 21-0 in the first quarter.

Ellsworth answered with two scoring drives in the second quarter. Ashten Quade scored on a 13-yard touchdown to put the Panthers on the board, but the 2-point conversion attempt failed.

Jack Janke later scored on a 1-yard rush to cut the lead to 21-12.

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