MVHS Buffs, 2nd state championship in 3 years

MVHS’ Kimball Madsen, 19, was the workhorse on the ground as he rushed for 244 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Buffs to the championship. Linebacker Caleb Knutson comes up to take out the Bison defense. COURTESY PHOTO/Bobi Page

LARAMIE — In a rematch of last season’s 2A State Championship game, the Mountain View High School football team flipped the script on Buffalo, holding off a second-half charge by the defending state champs to win 24-14. The win capped off a perfect season for the Buffalos at 11-0.

Mountain View’s Kimball Madsen was the workhorse on the ground, toting the ball 25 times for 244 yards and three touchdowns. The Buffalos were stingy on defense as well, holding the Bison to 225 total yards while racking up 441 yards of their own.

“We’re very, very happy,” said Mountain View head coach Brent Walk. “These are amazing kids — it’s crazy how committed they are, in the off-season, during the regular season. These are amazing young men.”

The game was still scoreless going into the second quarter.

Mountain View broke the stalemate on their first drive of the second quarter. On a first-and-10 from the 42, Madsen finally broke loose, scampering 58 yards for the game’s first touchdown. The play was a triple option that quarterback Braeden Walk read perfectly, pitching to Madsen at the last minute; Madsen trucked a defender and sprinted in for the score. Teancum Piekkola hit the PAT, and Mountain View led 7-0.

“Kimball [Madsen] was unbelievable, that first touchdown he scored was crazy,” coach Walk said. “After I watched it again, I told Kimball that night, ‘I’ve been coaching a long time, and in 28 years, this could be the best high school play I’ve ever seen.”

With just under six minutes left in the game, the Bison marched down to the Mountain View 20-yard line. On a second-and-11, Rudy scored what would be the final touchdown of the game, a 20-yard run to cut Mountain View’s lead to 11. Taylor Swanston hit the extra point, and it was a 24-14 lead with four minutes to play.

Buffalo had one more possession in the game, but failed to convert a fourth down in their own territory with 1:29 to play. Mountain View was able to run out the clock, and claimed their second state title in three seasons.

Defensively for the Buffalos, Blumel led the way with 12 tackles, including seven solo; two of his tackles were for a loss. Madsen and Medler had eight tackles apiece; Medler also recovered two fumbles, both of which led to scores.

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