The Amherst High School football team’s bid to return to the WIAA Division 5 State Championship Game came up short Friday, Nov. 15.
The sixth-ranked Falcons (11-2) jumped out to a 14-0 lead on second-ranked Stanley-Boyd (13-0) less than five minutes into their Division 5 State Semifinal at Steffenhagen Field at Stiehm Stadium in Weston, before Stanley-Boyd rallied to pull within 21-14 at halftime.
Stanley-Boyd added a touchdown in the third quarter and another in the fourth to go up 28-21, while defending State Champion Amherst was unable to complete a late comeback and fell 28-21 to send Stanley-Boyd to the State Championship Game.
“We came out really strong, but all playoffs we’ve had problems finishing the first half, and that was quite evident tonight,” said senior wide receiver and First Team All-State linebacker Garth Groshek. “We needed to come out stronger in the second half and we didn’t, and they kind of got the momentum going on their side.”
“They outplayed us,” said Amherst football head coach Mark Lusic. “We played well; we couldn’t finish the deal though.
“We made some mistakes on a couple of turnovers, but I give Stanley-Boyd a lot of credit,” said Lusic. “They played a helluva game.”