Columbus defeats Catholic Memorial to earn State Championship title

The Columbus Cardinals are officially state champions. Columbus defeated Catholic Memorial 23-21 in the WIAA Division 4 State Championship.
Published: Nov. 17, 2022 at 5:22 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2022 at 9:28 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Columbus Cardinals are officially state champions. Columbus defeated Catholic Memorial 23-21 in the WIAA Division 4 State Championship.

It was a perfect night for the Division 4 State Championship game at Camp Randall Stadium. The snow, the cold, and some football.

Columbus and Catholic Memorial, both undefeated this season at 13-0, were squaring off for the WIAA state title. Columbus was looking to earn their third title in program history.

“Just talking to people on the street, in the schools, everybody is super excited about this opportunity to finally come back to state,” said Columbus Head Football Coach Andrew Selgrad. “They’re excited for these young men here and it’s just really cool to see the community rally behind this football team.”

The Cardinals are led by Running Back Colton Brunell on offense and their defense has shut down a host of teams this season.

The Division 4 State Championship game gets going at 7 p.m. Thursday at Camp Randall Stadium and features two undefeated teams.

The Cardinals got on the board first. On the first play of the 2nd quarter, Columbus gave the ball to Brunell and he scored from 3 yards out to make it 7-nothing Cards. It was Brunell’s 42nd touchdown this season. It was part of a 10-play– 79-yard scoring drive.

Corey Smith from Catholic Memorial answered back with a 61-yard run for a touchdown to make it 7-7. Smith then scored on the next drive to give the Crusaders a 14-7 lead.

The Cards score right before halftime on a 6-yard catch by Jefferson Mobry to tie it at 14-14.

WIAA state football kicked off today.

In the 3rd quarter, the Cardinals get on the board on their first drive, Brunell scores from 8 yards out. The extra point was blocked and the score was 20-14.

The Crusaders answered back with a score of their own to make it 21-20 after three quarters.

In the 4th, Columbus with a 30-yard field goal by Corbin Hynes and the Cardinals go up 23-21 4:23 left in the game.

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