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Daniel Hand Successfully Defends Class L Football Title With 23-6 Win Over Windsor

Daniel Hand, the #1 seed in Class L, showed why the Tigers are rated as the state's top football team Saturday evening in their championship match up with #2 Windsor at Rentschler Field.

 

By Kathleen Pulek

Daniel Hand, the #1 seed in Class L, showed why the Tigers are rated as the state's top football team Saturday evening in their championship match up with #2 Windsor at Rentschler Field.

Both teams got off to slow starts and finished the first quarter knotted at 0-0.  Hand senior quarterback Brendan Bilcheck was picked off twice in the first half and the Tigers trailed 6-3 at the break.  Windsor got on the scoreboard first, 4:03 into the second quarter, when Rhyeime Moore carried a 28-yard pass from Robert Fleeting into the end zone.  Moore finished with 52 yards on three catches.  Hand answered with Tyler Phan's 27-yard field goal as the half expired.

It was a different story over the final 24 minutes, with the Tigers firing on all cylinders.  The defending Class L champions tallied three times in the third period to put the game out of reach.  Caleb Ewald (8-74) crossed the goal line on a 23-yard pass, followed by defensive standout Daniel Rogers' fumble recovery and 42-yard rumble to pay dirt.  Bilcheck bulled in from the four with Hand's final touchdown before Phan booted his second of two conversion kicks.  Bilcheck was 15-25 for 141 yards on the night.

Fleeting completed 11-27 for 131 yards and a touchdown and was the Warriors' top rusher (22-34).  Windsor held a slight edge in offensive plays (58-57) and time of possession  (24:25 – 23:35). 

Hand has now won 26-in-a-row and completed its second-straight 13-0 season.  Windsor (11-1) last contended for a state title a decade ago, dropping a 14-13 decision to Ridgefield.

 

Tom Brady December 09, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Awesome
Matt December 09, 2012 at 07:35 PM
lol. Yes, they threw everything they could at them. Which apparently was embarrassingly little and they lost by an embarrassing large margin. It's not like it was a close game and they went down fighting to the end.
Shooter December 09, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I do not live in Madison but I always follow Hand football. These guys are crazy good!! CONGRATULATION HAND!!
CCL December 10, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Matt, unless you played that game you don't deserve to say that Windsor embarrassed themselves. They played hard, Tigers were just better in the end. Please be a good sport and not a sore winner. That is more embarrassing.
Shooter December 10, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Well said CCL. Let's not forget the first half of the game!

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