WIBAUX — In just its second season of playing 6-Man football, Wibaux is the 2018 state champion. The Longhorns dominated Jordan 70-27 on Saturday afternoon to claim the program’s first 6-Man title and seventh state championship in program history.
Wibaux head coach Craig Lunde knew they had a great team coming into this season, but completing the journey was extra special. “We’ve been thinking about it for a good year now and things just kind of worked out good for us. Had a little bit of luck involved there to but our kids played hard and they’re a good group of kids, couldn’t be happier for them.”
It was Cade Dschaak’s show in the first half, picking up rushing touchdowns of 7 and 12 yards, while also catching a 50-yard touchdown pass from Tel Lunde. Dschaak’s two rushing scores gave the Longhorns a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, and his receiving touchdown put Wibaux up 21-0 early in the second. Cobe Begger then intercepted Jordan quarterback Keenan Murnion, leading to a 47-yard touchdown run by Chance Larson.
Begger credited the Wibaux defense for once again delivering when it counted most. They say defense wins championships and that was especially true for the Longhorns.
Dschaak loved the fast start, but never truly felt comfortable until the end. “Oh man I couldn’t feel any better, seeing that final score on the scoreboard. I mean words don’t describe it. This feels too good.”
Jordan would get on the board at the 6:07 mark of the second quarter when Keenan Murnion scrambled in to the end zone from 10 yards out. However, Larson and the Longhorns answered back quickly, as Larson plunged in from 8 yards out to extend the lead to 35-7. Murnion then found Edward Murnion for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 1:43 left in the second to cut the lead to 35-13. However, Wibaux managed the clock perfectly, scoring with just five seconds remaining in the first half. Lunde rolled to his right and fired back left to Begger for a 9-yard touchdown to give the Longhorns a 42-13 advantage at the break.
Begger can’t wait to add the hardware to the trophy collection. “Feels great. That’s something your whole life you get to come back with your kids and show them the trophy and everything. It’s just amazing, I don’t know how words could describe how great it is.”
Jordan returned a fumble on Wibaux’s opening possession of the second half to cut the lead to 42-20, but again Wibaux answered. Larson ripped off a 55-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 49-20. The Murnions hooked up again for Jordan, with Keenan completing a long pass to Edward, but freshman Wyatt Davis ripped the ball out with the Longhorns recovering the fumble, setting up a 12-yard touchdown pass from Lunde to Dschaak. Wibaux tacked on two more scores in the fourth quarter and Jordan scored as time expired for the 70-27 final.