On homecoming week, the Milton Redhawks were defeated by the Monona Grove Silver Eagles 35 to 0. The victory brings the record of Monona Grove to 7 and 0 on the season. Milton’s record falls to 2-5 with the loss.
Monona Grove’s defense suffocated Milton’s offense for only 14 rushing yards and 54 passing yards. On offense, Monona Grove exploded for 291 passing yards and 151 yards on the ground. Jordan Bishop, quarterback for Monona Grove, finished the game with a quarterback rating of 150.2 and three touchdown passes.
The most exciting play for Milton came on the defensive side of the ball. Senior cornerback Dalton Soergel made an excellent pass break up to save a touchdown. The play led to an MVP chant from Milton’s student section which got Soergel and the team fired up.
“Dude that was great, it really got the team hyped and we thought we could use the momentum to help us win the game.”
Soergel, playing in his last homecoming game, enjoyed this homecoming the most.
“That was probably the most fun I’ve ever had. Having all of those fans there and having the team that hyped to try and go out and win the homecoming game for them was great.”
Milton celebrated homecoming week with activities night, a parade, dress-up days and multiple pep assemblies. The week culminated with Milton’s homecoming dance held on Saturday night.
Even though the Redhawks lost, many alumni showed up to for the homecoming festivities. Cosette Bergeron and Kaitlin Larson could notice the difference between being an alumni vs a student on homecoming.
“Well, we were cheerleaders (in high school) so it was a little different,” said Bergeron, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at Rock County.
Larson, a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, participated in her first homecoming as an alumni. Larson attended the parade, pep assembly and the game which brought back memories.
“It was sentimental and melancholy being like aww we used to do that,” said Larson.
The Redhawks will have to get over their melancholy quickly as their next game is against the Fort Atkinson Blackhawks. The game will be played on Friday for the Hawk Bowl Trophy.
Monona Grove will play at home against Stoughton on Friday. The Silver Eagles are currently tied with the Watertown Goslings in the Badger South standings. Watertown and Monona Grove will finish the year playing each other in Watertown.