Bangor vs. Black Hawk

The Bangor Cardinals hoist the WIAA Div 7 State Football trophy after their 37-14 victory over Black Hawk at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

Erik Daily, La Crosse Tribune

The Bangor High School football team featured a powerful offense, thanks to the legs of Luke Reader and Theo Muellenberg and the arm of Drew Johnson, but its defense was equally as impressive this fall. Throw in top-notch special teams play and the Cardinals were a tough team to beat.

In fact, no one did.

The Cardinals completed a perfect season on Nov. 16 when they rolled over previously unbeaten Black Hawk 37-14 to capture the WIAA Division 7 title at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. The win capped a 14-0 season and gave Bangor its second state title in three years. For its impressive run, which including a 16-8 victory over defending state champion Edgar in the quarterfinal round, Bangor comes in at No. 3 in the Tribune’s Top 10 sports stories of the year.

The Cardinals took to the ground to beat Black Hawk, rushing for 423 yards, 185 of which came from Reader to give him 3,628 in his stellar career. Reader scored on a 57-yard run on the second play of the game, then added 9-yard burst in the fourth quarter. He received plenty of help, as sophomore Carter Horstman added 144 yards rushing, including TD runs of 52, 16 and 15 yards.

It was a fitting ending for Bangor’s seniors, as coach Rick Muellenberg’s team compiled a 51-2 record over the past four seasons.


Photos: 2017 Bangor championship season

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