Daniel Hand Successfully Defends Class L Football Title With 23-6 Win Over Windsor

Daniel Hand, the #1 seed in Class L, showed why the Tigers are rated as the state's top football team Saturday evening in their championship match up with #2 Windsor at Rentschler Field.


By Kathleen Pulek

Daniel Hand, the #1 seed in Class L, showed why the Tigers are rated as the state's top football team Saturday evening in their championship match up with #2 Windsor at Rentschler Field.

Both teams got off to slow starts and finished the first quarter knotted at 0-0.  Hand senior quarterback Brendan Bilcheck was picked off twice in the first half and the Tigers trailed 6-3 at the break.  Windsor got on the scoreboard first, 4:03 into the second quarter, when Rhyeime Moore carried a 28-yard pass from Robert Fleeting into the end zone.  Moore finished with 52 yards on three catches.  Hand answered with Tyler Phan's 27-yard field goal as the half expired.

It was a different story over the final 24 minutes, with the Tigers firing on all cylinders.  The defending Class L champions tallied three times in the third period to put the game out of reach.  Caleb Ewald (8-74) crossed the goal line on a 23-yard pass, followed by defensive standout Daniel Rogers' fumble recovery and 42-yard rumble to pay dirt.  Bilcheck bulled in from the four with Hand's final touchdown before Phan booted his second of two conversion kicks.  Bilcheck was 15-25 for 141 yards on the night.

Fleeting completed 11-27 for 131 yards and a touchdown and was the Warriors' top rusher (22-34).  Windsor held a slight edge in offensive plays (58-57) and time of possession  (24:25 – 23:35). 

Hand has now won 26-in-a-row and completed its second-straight 13-0 season.  Windsor (11-1) last contended for a state title a decade ago, dropping a 14-13 decision to Ridgefield.


Richard December 09, 2012 at 04:41 AM
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Matt December 09, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I wonder how late into the night Windsor cried about such an embarrassing loss. haha.
Paolo W December 09, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Hopefully they didn't cry too late into the night - After all, it's just football.
Craig Semple December 09, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Congratulations to our Athletes and Coaches. Hard work, dedication, and team before self pays off in the end!
Lou Lange December 09, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Embarassing loss? Au contraire! If you WATCHED the game start to finish, Windsor threw everything they could at Hand. They had Hand on the ropes at the half. This Hand alumnus (Class of 1978) was very worried. And then, like a phoenix, Hand took it to Windsor in the second half with some fortunate and hard nosed play. Windsor can hold their heads high for giving Hand all they could...and more.
Tom Brady December 09, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Matt December 09, 2012 at 07:35 PM
lol. Yes, they threw everything they could at them. Which apparently was embarrassingly little and they lost by an embarrassing large margin. It's not like it was a close game and they went down fighting to the end.
Shooter December 09, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I do not live in Madison but I always follow Hand football. These guys are crazy good!! CONGRATULATION HAND!!
CCL December 10, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Matt, unless you played that game you don't deserve to say that Windsor embarrassed themselves. They played hard, Tigers were just better in the end. Please be a good sport and not a sore winner. That is more embarrassing.
Shooter December 10, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Well said CCL. Let's not forget the first half of the game!


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