EAU CLAIRE – For the third time in the last four seasons, and for the second year in a row, the Edgar football team is heading to the state finals.
The Wildcats pulled past undefeated Bangor 27-7 on Friday night in a WIAA Division 7 state semifinal at Carson Park to earn a spot in next week’s D-7 state championship game.
Edgar (12-1) will play Black Hawk/Warren (13-0) in the Division 7 state championship game at 10 a.m. Thursday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
The game is a rematch of last year’s Division 7 state final that Black Hawk won, 22-15.
Edgar will be appearing in its 13th state final and searching for the program’s eighth state title. Edgar won the Division 4 state title in 1979, Division 5 titles in 1992, 1999 and 2001, Division 6 championships in 2009 and 2019, and the D-7 title in 2016.
Kaleb Hafferman scored three touchdowns in the second half as the Wildcats pulled away.
Edgar led 7-0 at halftime on the strength of a 21-yard touchdown pass from Konnor Wolf to Kyle Brewster midway through the first quarter.
Hafferman had a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter before Bangor got on the board with a touchdown just before the end of the period.
Hafferman put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run, and just 48 seconds later, an 11-yard interception return for a score.
Wildcats 27, Cardinals 7
Bangor 0 0 7 0 - 7
Edgar 7 0 7 13 - 27
E – Kyle Brewster 21 pass from Konnor Wolf (Austin Miller kick), 7:45.
E – Kaleb Hafferman 1 run (Miller kick), 7:10.
B – Nathanael Wiggins 15 pass from Ashton Michek (Nathan Crenshaw kick), 0:06.
E – Hafferman 2 run (Miller kick), 8:49.
E – Hafferman 11 interception return (kick missed), 8:01.