In Friday nights home game, the Wisconsin State Mustangs won their first ever state championship title. The knuckle whitening 48-45 win over the Washington State marks that the end of an amazing season for the state college football team.
This is a proud moment for the Mustangs, as they have gone head to head with some fierce competition this past season and had to play two games in a row without their star running back due to an injury. The knee injury was the result of a near the end zone tackle as he was about to score a touchdown.
The school saw a record number of football related injuries this past year, as almost every player who saw game time also suffered some type of injury. This did not hold the Mustangs back though as this was their most game winning season in the history of football at the college.
The win is bittersweet for the Mustangs coach, who after years with the team has decided to retire his own Mustang jersey and retire from the college after having been an active member of the faculty for the last 35 years. It was his heart attack late last year and continued failing health that brought him to this heart wrenching decision.
Most Mustang fans contribute the teams season success and subsequent championship win with an overwhelming desire to ensure that the beloved coach ends his tenure with the Mustangs on high note.
The championship game just won was not without its share of drama. Washington State had the lead for most of the first quarter, but the Mustangs persevered and scored on 8 of their 9 possessions during the course of the game.
The turning point in the game was a botched Washington State punt that gave the Mustangs the ball on the ten yard line. After only two plays, the ball connected with the Mustangs star running back whose touchdown brought the score to a tie. With this momentum the Mustangs entered the second half of the game running and immediately took the lead with back to back drives.
A passing play was by far the crowning moment in the Mustangs game that had the running back making a 23 yard beeline for the end zone. Avoiding three tackle attempts along the way, this amazing play brought the fans to their feet as they cheered the player straight towards the touchdown.
The entire season was full of surprise passes and long catches, keeping the stands full of fans during the year. The Mustangs delivered in this championship game as well, bringing an amazing football season to an electrifying close.
As the majority of Mustang players this season, including the star running back and quarterback are only sophomores, the school and football fans are hopeful that next year will be just as rewarding as this one is. There is already buzz about some amazing local high school seniors joining next years roster, hopefully with the same championship winning attitude as was shown by this seasons Mustangs.