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NEW BERLIN - In case you haven't heard, it’s championship week in Wisconsin.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. Not many guys get to experience what we are experiencing right now,” said Jake Belongia, a New Berlin Eisenhower running back.
“It’s pretty much a dream come true. I mean it’s all you could ask for in a senior year,” said Bryce Miller, the Eisenhower quarterback.
For the first time since 1996 the New Berlin Eisenhower Lions have a chance to bring home the programs third state title.
“We set a couple goals at the beginning of the season. Obviously, the first one was to win the conference. Then win the first playoff game, second, third, fourth. Obviously, Everyone’s goal is to get to state and we’ve achieved that,” Miller said.
With a chance to put Ike back on the map, it's a special moment for all. But its an opportunity this senior class has been working toward for four long years.
“Telling the freshman and sophomore kids that we are trying to roll as one family and one unit. I think that’s why we have a lot of success is that we are really close to each other,” Belongia said.
“We kinda started the tradition where every play you have to work 100 percent or you're not going to hit the field. I think our grade and the grade above us really started that and it’s going to help New Berlin Eisenhower football moving forward,” said Joe Lang, an Eisenhower tight end.
“I think we are ready and I think we are prepared,” Belongia said.
“We keep doing the same things that we keep doing in the passed coulee weeks. Trusting in each other and just execute when it comes done to it,” Miller said.
“Come Friday we will all be a little bit nervous, but right now our community our community and our school has backed us so well that we don’t even think about it. We just want to go out there and win a state championship for them,” Lang said.
Eisenhower will face Rice Lake at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 in Madison.