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Somerset football returns to state championship game, tickets now on sale

Somerset fullback Vern Breault (33) picks up tough yardage in Friday's win over Bloomer.

The Somerset football team has qualified for its fourth state championship game in the past 10 years.

The Spartans will face Wrightstown in the WIAA Division 4 state championship at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. The Spartans qualified for the state championship game by edging Bloomer 18-13 in the Division 4 state semifinal game in Chippewa Falls on Friday.

Tickets are now on sale for the state championship game. Tickets can be purchased at the Somerset High School athletic department office on Monday and Tuesday from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Somerset used a tremendous defensive effort to take down Bloomer on Friday. The Spartan defense scored one touchdown and a long interception return set up the game-winning Somerset score.

Bloomer dominated the first quarter, taking a 6-0 lead. Somerset tied the score with 3:29 left in the second quarter on a 31-yard run by halfback Haydon Dvorak.

The defense produced its touchdown with 33 seconds left in the first half. Defensive back Tyler Ledbeter forced a fumble and Robbie Flom scooped up the ball, racing up the sideline 55 yards for the touchdown.

Bloomer took a 13-12 lead with a touchdown late in the third quarter.

The Spartans scored the final touchdown of the game with 9:24 remaining on a quarterback sneak by junior Tyler Ledbeter. That score was set up by a 59-yard interception return by Flom, after he ripped the ball out of the grasp of a Bloomer receiver.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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