MADISON, Wisconsin — Whether it was on the ground or through the air, Darlington had no answer for Shiocton's versatile Jacob Van Asten.
After Shiocton's vaunted defense set the tone with a pair of first-quarter red zone stops, Van Asten accounted for all five touchdowns —two rushing and three passing — to help the Chiefs complete a perfect season with a 35-0 victory over Darlington in the Division 6 championship game at Camp Randall Stadium.
Shiocton (14-0), which had outscored its four previous playoff opponents 196-6 and allowed just 22 points during the regular season, held Darlington to 107 yards rushing and 35 passing. It was the 11th shutout of the season for the Chiefs, who won their first state football title.
"It's unbelievable how athletic and how strong they are up front," said Darlington coach Scott Zywicki. "We have a very good team and they made us look ordinary today. Hats off to them. We couldn't move the ball and defensively we had way too many breakdowns."
Alternating between running back and quarterback, Van Asten rushed 22 times for 109 yards and completed 7 of 11 passes for 147 yards.
"I just pretty much do what they ask, but I like running the ball," said Van Asten. "I like going straight ahead and plowing guys over. That's my favorite. You can't beat that feeling."
Van Asten scored on runs of 4 and 2 yards and then connected on a 35-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Brouillard to pace Shiocton to a 19-0 halftime lead. He added a 47-yard pass to Brouillard in the third quarter and capped off the scoring when he took a pitch from quarterback Talon Heinemeyer, swept right and threw back across the field to Heinemeyer for a 22-yard touchdown.
The Redbirds (12-2) threatened early when Jason Singer returned the opening kickoff 82 yards to the Shiocton 13. But, four plays netted minus-1 yard and Darlington turned the ball over on downs.
On its next possession, Tanner Wiegel snapped off a 41-yard run giving Darlington a first down at the Shiocton 20. Again, the Chiefs defense turned the ball over on downs.
"When we shut them down early after that big kickoff, that was huge, because they had a lot of momentum after that," said Van Asten. "Shutting them down and getting the ball back and kind of marching it down the next series, that was big. Getting some points on the board, because we knew our defense has been doing it all season."
Brouillard, a 6-3, 210-pound receiver, hauled in five passes for 143 yards and also registered a team-high eight tackles from his defensive end spot.
Van Asten was one of five players who played when Shiocton lost to Fond du Lac Springs in the 2011 championship game.
"14-0 has never been done in Shiocton history, " Van Asten said. "That was our goal this year, to be undefeated and be state champion. To achieve both those goals is just huge."
Darlington was appearing in the title game for the first time since losing in the final in 1997.