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First-half flurry lifts Homestead to 2A title over Waukesha West, 28-12


MADISON, Wisconsin — If it results in a state championship, it doesn't matter how a team puts points on the board.

Homestead capitalized on a pair of early Waukesha West turnovers to score 21 points in less than six minutes in the first half and then used a 23-play, 13-minute drive to put the wraps on a 28-12 victory Friday.

The title is Homestead's fifth overall and its first since defeating Waunakee for the Division 2 championship in 2012.

"This one was really special because lots of folks didn't think we were going to be able to do it," Homestead coach Dave Keel said. "The new coordinators came together, the kids had confidence in the coordinators and it really all came together in a great way."

The Highlanders (12-2) first-half flurry included a blocked punt and a pair of turnovers by the Wolverines (11-3).

After Tyler Woldt blocked a Wolverines punt, Eric Zoeller hit Patrick Minkin for a 33-yard touchdown with 5:18 left in the first quarter.

Sean Driscoll intercepted Connor Blount on the first play of Waukesha West's ensuing possession. Three plays later, Matt Winters scored a three-yard touchdown to put the Highlanders up 14-0.

A forced fumble by Michael Bruner set up a 34-yard touchdown run by Zoeller that increased Homestead's lead to 21-0 with 11:35 left in the first half.

"It was boom, boom, boom," Keel said. "If you are going to start a football game, that's the way you want to start a football game."

Peter MacCudden pulled Waukesha West to within 21-6 with a 20-yard touchdown run with 4:25 to play in the third quarter.

Homestead answered by going 79 yards in 23 plays, taking 13 minutes and three seconds off the clock before Matt Winters scored a one-yard touchdown to put the game away.

"We turned the ball over and didn't play well in that first half," Waukesha West coach Steve Rux said. "Our guys came out in the second half and had a chance to get it closer. But in any game against a good football team you can't turn the ball over."

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