Menasha quarterback Tyler Johnson runs in for a touchdown against Waukesha West during the first half of the WIAA Division 2 championship game.
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Menasha had a stout defense all season and in the WIAA Division 2 title game that unit came up big again to help the Bluejays with a 35-17 win over Waukesha West. This was not only Menasha’s first WIAA football title, but also the first championship of any kind for the school since 1953.
In a tight game, a fourth-quarter interception for a touchdown by Dominic Seifert extended a close game to a 28-17 lead. A short time later, Menasha converted a fumble by Wolverines QB Conor Blount into a Tyler Johnson 20-yard run to help put the game away.
Waukesha West led 14-7, but scored only three points in the second half as the Menasha defense, which allowed 9.0 points per game this season and had four shutouts, took over.
Blount finished with 257 yards passing, but had the two turnovers and did not throw a TD pass.
Early in the fourth, Dominic Seifert picked off a pass from Waukesha West’ s Conor Blount and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to make it a two-score game at 28-17.