At long last, Loyal is a league champion
In 2012, the Loyal football team tied with Owen-Withee and Athens for its first-ever share of a conference title. This year, the glory belongs all to the Greyhounds.
Loyal used a mid fourth-quarter touchdown and two late Abbotsford turnovers to stop the Falcons 8-7 on Oct. 13 in Loyal to claim outright the 2017 Cloverwood Conference championship. The win catapulted Loyal into the WIAA Division 7 playoffs with a #2 seeding and the right to play at home during the first two weeks of the postseason. At 7-2 overall on the season and with its only two losses coming to highly-ranked Edgar and Bangor, Loyal will host Cloverwood foe Owen-Withee (4-5) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20. The Greyhounds blasted the Blackhawks 46-20 on Sept. 15.
Loyal snagged its historic league title with a bend-but-don’t-break defense and a long fourth-quarter scoring drive that yanked a second-consecutive Cloverwood crown from the Falcons’ talons. Both teams sported a 6-0 league record coming in, and the season schedule conveniently pitted the league’s top two teams against each other in the final regular season game.
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