Saint Mary's Springs wins 7th state championship in football

Posted: 5:21 PM, Nov 16, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-16 19:42:44-05

Saint Mary's Springs  won its' seventh WIAA State Championship in football on Saturday, 35-12 over Iola-Scandinavia.

"Tradition never graduates"  Saint Mary's senior running back Clay Schueffner said. "Obviously work has to be put in, in order to become a state champ but all the kids are willing to work and it's the best feeling right now."

The Ledgers finished a perfect season 15-0, and become just the fourth team in state history to win seven state titles (Edgar, Lancaster, Stratford). 

Saint Mary's Springs won a pivotal game back in week two of the regular season over Division 5 power house Amherst. Ledgers coach Bob Hyland says that game started things in the right direction. 

"That really set the tempo for the rest of the year and they knew at that point they could go all the way." 

Coach Hyland is the winningest coach in WIAA football history. Saturday's victory marked the 451st of his career.