Chiefs grind out 50th straight RVC win
WALWORTH—On top of winning seven straight conference titles and 50 consecutive conference games, Big Foot High football coach Rodney Wedig is an awfully good prognosticator.
Before Friday night's Rock Valley South showdown with Brodhead/Juda, Wedig told his defense that a linebacker would have an interception for a touchdown against the Cardinals.
Sure enough, on Brodhead/Juda's first offensive play of the game, Chiefs' linebacker Gus Wedig nabbed a tipped pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown.
Wedig's touchdown proved to be all the Chiefs needed to knock off the Cardinals, 16-3, and earn a seventh straight Rock Valley Championship.
“It's an awesome feeling,” said coach Wedig on the program's record-breaking run. “You look back over the last seven years, we've not only beat everyone in the Rock Valley South, but everybody in the Rock North. It's a heck of a run.”
The Chiefs were certainly poised to earn their seventh straight title against the Cardinals.
After an Ian Gallagher 47-yard field goal on Big Foot's opening possession, Chiefs safety Tim Long tipped a Brennan Bescup pass on the first play of the Cardinal ensuing drive that was nabbed out of the air by Gus Wedig and returned 23 yards for the score.
“My dad (coach Wedig) said before the game that he felt there would be a linebacker pick-6 tonight,” Gus Wedig said.
The elder Wedig admitted he made the bold prediction.
“Before every game, I have to pick who is going to get the turnover for our team, although tonight I didn't call a person to get the pick-6, just the position.”
Big Foot later built on its momentum early in the second quarter behind a nine-play, 57-yard scoring drive capped by Long's 6-yard touchdown run. That made it 16-0 Big Foot.
“In games like this, we're going to have win the turnover battle and get some breaks and tonight we just didn't get too many,” Brodhead/Juda coach B.J. Bockhop said. “But I told our kids that the second season starts now and we've got to put this loss behind us and be ready to go for the playoffs.”
The Cardinals, who have an impressive streak of their own of 22 consecutive playoff appearances, answered with a Brady Beuschel 27-yard field goal to cut lead to 16-3 at halftime.
But that was as close as the Cardinals got as both teams were held scoreless in the second half of the defensive struggle.
“This is who we are,” Gus Wedig said. “We are going to play defense and at times try to grind it out.”