With four seconds left on the clock, time seemed to stop at Mansfield Stadium. The student section was silent as quarterback Jason Ceniti gets into position telling his teammates play. The air was silent until Kabaris Vasser falls into the endzone and the Spartan sideline erupts in wails and cries of victory, defeating conference contender Verona, with teammates embracing one another in happiness. This moment cemented Memorial’s conference championship as the team’s last three games, Beloit Memorial, Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker, seemed to be easy victories for the Spartans.
In the playoffs, the Spartans defeated West easily 42-6, then defeated Middleton 30-0, and Sun Prairie 28-17. The team worked hard every day at practice in order to prepare for the ultimate goal of the state game on November 22nd. With Muskego around the corner, the Spartans prepared throughout the snow, rain and sleet left on the practice fields. They even rented out Breitenbach Stadium, home of the rival Middleton Cardinals, to practice while it snowed.
The number one thing that helped the team throughout the season is the great turnout of fans cheering on the team and helping them reach their goals. The consistent support of the staff also helped create a culture that fostered success, as the Spartans tried to make it to the state final.
By Liam Gill-Sutton