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Amherst beats Spencer/Columbus Catholic 42-0 to win WIAA Division 5 state championship


MADISON, Wisconsin — One of the best high school quarterbacks in Wisconsin put on a show in his final prep game.

Garrett Groshek had 333 yards of total offense and six touchdowns to lead Amherst to the WIAA Division 5 state championship with a 42-0 victory over Spencer/Columbus Catholic.

It's the second state championship for Amherst (14-0), which lost to Lancaster in the Division 5 final in 2014.

"Garrett is a special player," Amherst coach Mark Lusic said. "We rode him tonight. Your best player's got to show up, and he showed up."

Groshek, the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association's offensive player of the year, completed 11 of 14 passes for 172 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.

The senior scored on runs of 29 and 78 yards, while Amaziah McCall and Joshua Cisewski each caught a pair of touchdowns.

"Six touchdowns is unbelievable," Lusic said of Groshek. "The O-line played great. We've got great receivers. He took what they gave him, and off the races he went."

Groshek joined Robert Evans of Franklin (2006) and Dan Schneider of West Salem (2007) as the only players with four touchdown passes in a WIAA state championship game.

"We wanted this gold ball," Groshek, who was a starting outside linebacker as a freshman on Amherst's state title team in 2012, said. "We got a taste of it our freshmen year and it wasn't ours, it was more that senior class. And then getting close last year, coming in this year it was gold or bust for us."

Spencer/Columbus Catholic (13-1) committed two turnovers in the end zone on fourth down plays in the first half and finished with just 124 yards of total offense.

The Rockets entered having not allowed any points in the first quarter this season but were in a 14-0 hole to the Falcons on Thursday.

"We hadn't talked about if that situation comes up, how to handle ourselves," Spencer/Columbus Catholic coach Jason Gorst said. "But we didn't respond the way we wanted to. Give credit to Amherst, they jumped out on us, and we weren't able to recover at all."


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