All good things must come to an end. Nothing lasts forever. Those are two statements that everyone has heard a time or two in their life, but for the Waunakee Warriors it’s two statements they did not want to have to deal with quite yet. But it has become a reality after they were defeated by the Homestead Highlanders 14-0 Friday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
The Warriors came into their WIAA Division 2 state football championship match up with a very impressive 48-game winning streak, tied for the most consecutive wins in state history. Also the Warriors were looking to become only the second team in state history to win four straight state football titles, a feat that only the Stratford Tigers were able to do from 2003-08 when they won six straight.
Another equally if not more impressive streak that also ended for the Warriors Friday was not being shutout for 92 straight games. The last time the Warriors suffered a shutout loss was back in 2005 when they lost the Division 2 state title game 19-0.
This Warriors team should have nothing to hang their head about though. Yes it’s tough being “that team” that couldn’t keep the streak going, but look at what they have accomplished in the past few years. Most Wisconsin prep football teams would be happy with just one undefeated season and a state championship to go along with it, but a streak like the Warriors had would be a dream high school career. The Warriors knew not only going into the state championship game but at the beginning of the year that everyone was gunning for them, that they had a huge target on their back. Every team they faced wanted to be the one to “end the streak.” I give the Warriors team and coaching staff major credit for being able to stay focused all year and not get caught up in all the talk that surrounded the team.
And I also don’t take anything away from the Highlanders either. They were not intimidated by the Warriors and it showed in the title game. The Highlanders came into the game with a great team that was 11-1 and tied for first in the tough North Shore Conference and were able to defeat some very good teams on their way to the state title game.
The Warriors football team, coaching staff and fans should be very proud of not only what they accomplished this season but what they have done in the three-plus years the streak has gone on. This team will be back and ready to start another streak next season.