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Bay Conference titles for the West DePere Phantoms.  Congratulations!

As it has done so many times this season, West De Pere delivered a performance fit for a king Friday.

The unbeaten Phantoms turned Hortonville‘s homecoming game into their crowning achievement. They dominated all three phases — offense, defense and special teams — and put the exclamation point on an unprecedented fifth straight Bay Conference title with a 48-8 victory at Akin Field.

“It’s an indescribable feeling,” West De Pere senior Randy Hill said. “They’re a competitive team, but we practiced hard all week and we earned it.”

Hill was on the receiving end of two clutch touchdown passes from junior Jay Tollefson and also kicked two field goals as the Phantoms (8-0 overall, 7-0 Bay) built a 27-0 halftime lead.

West De Pere’s suffocating defense intercepted three passes, including two by senior linebacker Zak Rottier, and shut out the Polar Bears until the final seconds of the game when both teams had emptied their benches.

The Phantoms forced five turnovers in all, as their coverage unit recovered two fumbles on kickoff returns. (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)

A prime example of what it takes to consistently win championships.  Considering that West DePere has basically throttled all of its opponents this year, is it safe to assume they are playing with a chip on the shoulder after falling short in last year’s D-3 championship game?  For those keeping track the Phantoms have outscored their opponents 373 – 26.

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2 thoughts on “Five straight …

  1. Come on man. (watching ESPN Monday night football pre game)

    I think before you were born (and when I graduated in 75) Ashwaubenon Jaguars were the cream of the crop in the Bay conference, maybe not, it’s been a while and my memory is going. All this restructuring just is not right! How about the two meet in a championship?

    Congrats to West DePere.

    Have a GREAT week.

  2. Agreed the restructuring going on isn’t right. There isn’t the realization that enrollments go up & down. School size doesn’t determine competiveness, it’s heart & tradition that wins championships. Bay Conference history is a prime example. How many years was Bayport down & out despite being one of the larger schools? Or Shawano? Even the Jags, Marines and Phantoms went through cycles. Though as a WDP alum (’92) I know there was a lot of pride in the fact that despite being the one of the smaller schools prior to restructure the Phantoms won the most conference championships in FB.

    Would definitely be interesting to see how a head-to-head between WDP and Ashwaubenon would turn out … but on the plus side would be neat if both won their respective divisions.

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