Area football: Plum City 46, Clayton 15The Blue Devils wrapped up their sixth consecutive South Lakeland Conference championship at home Thursday by snapping Clayton's seven-game winning streak.
By: R-E Sports Staff, The Republican Eagle
Game recap: The Blue Devils wrapped up their sixth consecutive South Lakeland Conference championship at home Thursday by snapping Clayton's seven-game winning streak.
The victory meant that members of the Plum City senior class finished their prep football careers without suffering a regular-season loss. The Class of 2010 also achieved the feat as the Blue Devils have now won 52 in a row during the regular season.
Before the game, Plum City held a ceremony for outgoing coach Troy Ingli. A member of the Blue Devils coaching staff since 1994, Ingli is now teaching in Pepin and he said he hopes to coach there in some capacity next year.
"It was an excellent way to end, walking off the field a winner," Ingli said.
Plum City will play its postseason games at Ellsworth.
Difference maker: The Blue Devils, ranked No. 5 in Division 7, scored 32 points in less than seven minutes during the second quarter to pull away from No. 9 Clayton.
Gabe Rodriguez scored three of the five touchdowns. The first two scores came on runs of 24 and 5 yards, respectively. He then caught a 63-yard touchdown pass from Alex Gilles.
Top players: Rodriguez, a senior listed at 5-foot-10, also excelled on defense.
"He covered a 6-5 kid and had an interception and broke up several passes," Ingli said. "He had a nice game.”
Ryan Gillman rushed for 106 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries for the Blue Devils.
Next up: Division 7 playoffs: Plum City (9-0 overall, 7-0 conference) vs. TBA, 7 p.m. Tuesday
The Blue Devils enter the postseason thin along the line. Ingli said Darren Fetzer was injured against Clayton and might have broken his hand.