For the first time in school history, the Amherst High School football team will play for a State Championship.
The second-ranked Falcons (12-0) jumped out to a 27-0 lead in the first quarter on ninth-ranked and defending State Champion Colby (9-3) in their WIAA Division 5 State Semifinal on Friday, Nov. 9, and cruised the rest of the way to a 34-6 victory at Community Stadium at Goerke Field.
The win advanced Amherst to the WIAA Division 5 State Championship Game, where it was set to face top-ranked Lancaster (12-0), last year’s State Runner-up, at 4 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Thursday, Nov. 15.
“It’s been my dream ever since I could walk,” said senior quarterback Chris Zblewski of going to state. “Watching it on TV and going to Badgers’ games, it was like, ‘all right, one day I could be down here potentially.’
“And it’s real now,” said Zblewski. “It’s unbelievable.”
“It’s hard to believe we’re going down to Madison,” said third-year Amherst head coach Mark Lusic. “But the kids, they’re the ones who set the goals high, and they succeeded.
“They put the time in to do it,” said Lusic.