Darlington Snaps Ledger Win Streak
The Darlington Redbirds earned a spot in the WIAA Division Six State Football Championship Game with an impressive 28-13 win over two-time defending champion St. Mary’s Springs on Saturday afternoon in Middleton. The Redbirds entered the game with three 1000 yard rushers and all three had an impact as they jumped on the Ledgers for a 21-0 lead in the first half. After a Springs turnover, Myles Leahy rumbled 34 yards for a score to give Darlington the 7-0 lead. Early in the 2nd quarter Tanner Wiegel exploded for a 61 yard TD run to push the lead to 13-0. Jason Singer made it 21-0 when he took it 48 yards to pay-dirt with 854 left in the 1st half. Mark Austin got the Ledgers on the board with 2 yard TD run late in the 1st half making it 21-6. Singer caught a 47 yard TD pass with 8:36 left in the 3rd to extend the Redbird lead to 28-6. The Ledgers offense just couldn’t get on track against the big and tough Redbird defense. Senior RB Ike Floyd tweaked a sprained ankle and could never get in gear, finishing with 60 yards on 18 carries and a 4th quarter TD. As for Darlington, Wiegel had 155 yards on 14 carries. Leahy added 98 yards and Singer 79 yards. The loss snaps St. Mary’s Springs’ 39 game win streak and sends Darlington into Thursday’s title game against Shiocton.