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Newman Catholic football beats Luck, wins first 8-player state title

Published: Nov. 13, 2021 at 3:01 PM CST
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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) - Newman Catholic football can call themselves state champions after beating Luck, 49-6, in the 8-player state title game.

Newman was dominant from the start, with quarterback Conner Krach scoring two touchdowns on the ground and connecting with tight-end Eli Gustafson for two more in the air in the first half. They led 42-6 at halftime.

“You know, it’s great. Everyone deserves it, I mean, we all worked hard in the offseason, especially Thomas Bates. He put in the most work out of all of us I would say. It sucks that he’s not there, but he’s just as important off the field as he is on the field,” quarterback Conner Krach said. Thomas Bates tore his ACL early in the season.

“I’m real proud of those kids, I can tell you that right now. They kept on overcoming things as the year went on. Anytime you can have kids like that, you don’t want the season to end. Not having Monday practice won’t be fun, but at least there’ll be a gold ball there sitting for us,” coach Paul Michlig said while fighting back tears.

Newman Catholic has made it to the 8-player semifinals in the three years they were eligible and went to the state title game in 2019 against Luck, but the 2021 championship is the first they’ve won in program history.

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