Stratford and Edgar are heading to Madison for State Football

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Marawood Conference once again impresses. The Stratford Tigers and Edgar Wildcats are both heading back to state for football.

The Tigers jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, but gave up their first points of the season when Amherst found the end zone in the second half.

"To be honest with you, the monkey's off our back," said Stratford head coach Jason Tubbs. "To shut out that many teams is unheard of, and to be honest with you all that matters, and I told the guys it's a scoreboard score and being 1-0 tonight and that's all that matters."

"We've gave up a lot of points in the years we won state championships. The biggest thing is we're going back to Madison to get a shot at it."

From there, Stratford would once again prove its dominance scoring two more touchdowns on their way to a 19-7 win. Quarterback Max Schwabe rushed for two of the Tigers three scores on the night, something he wasn't necessarily expecting going into the evening.

"I did not actually (expect to score two touchdowns), but with that line anybody can be. But anytime I got the ball I knew I just had to find my gaps and hold on to it and we were going to do what we needed to do."

Edgar took care of Bangor right away. The Wildcats scored in the first five minutes of the game to take a 7-0 lead.

Then Edgar used a great punt return to plow in another touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

Bangor would put points on the board to make it 14-7 to end the third quarter, but Edgar would explode from there.

Edgar would score 13 unanswered to win 27-7.

"We played hard. We played pretty smart," said Edgar coach Jerry Sinz. "We didn't make any crucial blunders. I was pretty proud of the guys. I thought they played tough, and they played hard the whole game. We got some really good leadership with the seniors particularly stepped up tonight, but um, I never want them to think the game's a life or death situation. Guys, it's a game OK. Just play the way you've been playing, enjoy it have fun play together. We'll be just fine."