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BVM Sports Friday night five: Fourth round of the WIAA playoffs
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BVM Sports Friday night five: Fourth round of the WIAA playoffs

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (BVM) — The WIAA high school football state championship is this week and to get to Camp Randall, there were some unbelievable performances. Here are five of the best performances from last Friday night.

1. Nathan Schroeder, senior defensive back, Pewaukee High School
In a thrilling comeback victory over Monroe, Nathan Schroeder played an important part in making sure the Pirates made their first ever appearance in a state championship game. Down 14-0 at halftime, Pewaukee scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to win 28-14. Schroeder had two interceptions during that comeback, making sure that Monroe could not respond to the Pirates’ touchdowns. The senior DB was second in total tackles on the team with 10. The Pirates will now face Rice Lake in the Division 3 state championship.

2. Myles Burkett, senior quarterback, Franklin High School
Burkett makes the list for the second week in a row for his part in the Franklin Sabers’ comeback win over Appleton North. The Wisconsin football commit went 26-of-39 for 356 yards and two touchdowns as the Sabers scored 23 unanswered fourth-quarter points to win 26-19. Burkett threw the two touchdowns and the two two-point conversions needed to tie the game at 19-19. The comeback win was the second one the Sabers had this season against Appleton North. In the season opener, Franklin came back from a 17-point deficit to win off a hail mary touchdown pass. The Sabers will now play Sun Prairie in the Division 1 state championship.

3. Ashten Quade, senior defensive back, Ellsworth High School
The only thing that Ashten Quade didn’t do in the Ellsworth Panthers’ win over Freedom was throw the ball. The Ellsworth senior made his mark on both sides of the ball. On offense, he had 11 rushes for 109 yards and two two-point conversions as well as five receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown. On defense, Quade had two pick-sixes as the Panthers beat Freedom 46-7. Ellsworth will now face Catholic Memorial in its first state championship game since 1990 for the Division 4 state title this week.

4. Cortez LeGrant, junior running back, Sun Prairie High School
It was a back-and-forth affair when Sun Prairie faced off against Mukwonago in the state semifinal game last Friday night. Every time the Cardinals took the lead, Mukwonago had an answer until the fourth quarter when Cortez LeGrant scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 43-yard run that put Sun Prairie up 31-28. The Cardinals would end up winning 38-31 but LeGrant’s huge touchdown was vital for the Cardinals. The junior running back also scored three other touchdowns in the first half and finished the game with 31 rushes for 187 yards. Sun Prairie will play Franklin for the Division 1 state title this week.

5. Quentin Keene, senior quarterback, Waunakee High School
Quentin Keene didn’t throw often last Friday night, but when he did, it was effective. The senior quarterback for Waunakee High School went 12-16 for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the Warriors 27-20 win over Hartford. Keene’s best touchdown throw was also his last, his 54-yard pass to Peter James late in the third quarter which put the game just out of reach for Hartford and put Waunakee up 24-14. The Warriors will now play Homestead in the Division 2 state championship for a chance to win their seventh state title.

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