Falcons soar to state championship
Amherst finishes with 14-0 record
By Greg Seubert
A perfect ending to a perfect season.
The Amherst football team wrapped up an undefeated season Nov. 19 with a 42-0 win over Spencer/Columbus Catholic in the WIAA Division 5 state championship game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
It was the second state title in four years for the Falcons. The team also finished second last year.
Amherst scored on its first six possessions while the Falcon defense held the Rockets to 124 total yards and only 15 in the second half.
Garrett Groshek ran for two touchdowns and threw two TD passes to Amaziah McCall and two more to Josh Cisewski.
Groshek scored on runs of 29 and 78 yards in the first quarter before hooking up with McCall for a 12-yard pass and Cisewski on a 17-yarder in the second quarter.
His 23-yard pass to McCall in the third quarter made it 35-0 and he added a 33-yarder to Cisewski later in the quarter.
Groshek finished 11-of-14 for 172 passing yards and also ran for 163 yards on only 12 carries.
Meanwhile, Spencer/Columbus Catholic’s duo of Hunter Luepke and Noah Zastrow were held to 44 and 12 yards, respectively.
The Rockets also turned the ball over three times on a pair of interceptions and a fumble.
Luepke coughed up the ball at the Amherst 1-yard line in the second quarter. Tyler Biadasz forced the fumble and Ben Gutschow recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback.
The Falcons then drove 80 yards in 10 plays, with Groshek’s first TD pass to Cisewski giving Amherst a 28-0 lead with 3:37 to go in the first half.
The Rockets drove to the Amherst 11-yard line with time running out in the half, but McCall picked off Calvin Lenz’s pass to keep Spencer/Columbus Catholic off of the scoreboard.
Groshek’s second TD pass to McCall with 9:51 remaining in the third quarter gave Amherst a 35-0 lead and started a running clock.
The Falcons outgained the Rockets 238-67 on the ground and 172-57 through the air.
Brandon Piotrowski added 78 rushing yards for Amherst, while Cisewski caught for passes for 61 yards.