APPLETON, Wis. (NBC 26) — After going blow for blow in the first half, Kimberly just couldn't keep pace with Fond du Lac in the second half of Friday night's Fox Valley Classic championship.
Led by four touchdowns from Wisconsin Badgers recruit Braelon Allen, Fondy scored on eight of its first nine drives, pulling away in the second half to beat Kimberly 71-47.
In its first six games combined, Kimberly had only allowed 53 total points.
"It felt like a Big 12 game," Fond du Lac head coach Steven Jorgensen said of the fast-paced style of Friday's game. "I'm not usually a Big 12 fan, but it's a track meet that was going up and down."
While there was no official WIAA state championship this season, many viewed this game as a de facto state title game; Fond du Lac came in ranked No. 1 in the state and Kimberly came in ranked No. 2 according to the WisSports.net coaches poll.
The Cardinals left little doubt as to who the state's best team is.
"They were given a spring season and they proved for seven games who they are," Jorgensen said. "I love these young men. They're champions, that's what they are."
"No words. Nothing can describe how fun this was," Allen said. "Everybody was so happy. All our hard work came to fruition."
Allen, who is expected to play defense for the Badgers, finished the game with 13 carries for 274 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Kyle Walljasper added 320 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. He also threw for 82 yards and one touchdown.
Job finished.— Braelon Allen (@BraelonAllen) May 8, 2021
Other noteworthy scores from Friday's high school football action:
Appleton North topped Neenah 38-6 in the Fox Valley Classic Bracket A consolation game.
De Pere beat Oshkosh West 24-10 in the Bracket B championship game.
Appleton North outlasted Bay Port 34-28 in a Bracket C game.