By Nick Freimuth Sevastopol Football was the Cinderella story of the postseason in WIAA eight-man football. The number two seed beat back-to-back undefeated squads in Newman Catholic last week and the Luck Cardinals Saturday in the state final. The Pioneers only led for the final 2:08 out of a possible 48 minutes in a game broadcast on 104.1 FM WRLU. Their first and only lead came on a Nathan Stenzel three-yard touchdown run by the senior quarterback. He added a two-point conversion moments later and gave Sevastopol a 38-30 lead, the eventual final score.
This marks only the third time in Door County high school history that a football state champion was crowned. Southern Door won a state title in 1989 and Sturgeon Bay won state in the fall of 2004. That’s it!
Stenzel finished with a state championship game record 179 rushing yards on 35 carries and 170 yards passing on 22 attempts. He added a rushing touchdown, a passing touchdown, plus he ran for three two-point conversions and passed for another. Stenzel did it all for the Pioneers in the win.
Spencer Evenson rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown, Max Krohn tallied 25 yards and Jeremy Jorns rushed for 11 yards and a touchdown plus a two-point conversion in the win. Krohn added five receptions for 142 yards including one of the most miraculous touchdown catches. Krohn was badly underthrown in the end zone and came back five yards on a ball that he somehow picked off the safeties jersey and juggled it in for a catch. It was Sevastopol’s first touchdown of the game and was a big momentum turner. Krohn found the end zone again in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 30-30 from 48 yards out.
Sevastopol gained 252 rushing yards and 170 passing for a total of 422 total yards on offense. Luck rushed for 318 yards and was held to 20 passing for a total of 338 yards of offense. Each team punted only twice. The Pioneers picked up 22 first downs and held Luck to only 10 in the entire game. The defense led by Jeremy Jorns and Caden Kacmarynski was dominant at Stanley-Boyd High School from Oriole Field. Kacmarynski, Arthur Hocevar and Jaden Sawyer also controlled the line of scrimmage and did a fantastic job blocking for a stable of running backs that gained a remarkable 252 yards on the ground.
Nearly three hundred Pioneers fans made their way three hours across the state to Stanley-Boyd High School to cheer their team onto the school’s first-ever football state title. Click on the multimedia gallery at DoorCountyDailyNews.com to watch highlights of the game plus the post-game celebration. More videos are available on FaceBook when you like DoorCountyDailyNews.com.
Congratulations Coach Ron Frank and his assistants Mike Laaksonen, Joel Schauske, Jason Stenzel, Scott Walker and Dan Judas. Frank is in his 19th season as head coach at Sevastopol. He spent five years as an assistant and coached at Southern Door for three years as well. It took 27 years in total to claim a state title for Frank but he said the journey made the accomplishment even sweeter. Sevastopol finishes the season (11-1) and is the first ever WIAA State Football Champion.
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