Jerry Madden was one of four St. Joseph players named first-team All-Metro Classic Conference. He was joined by Connor Rhey, Adam Antonneau and Alec Gessert. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )
After going 7-4 and reaching the second round of the WIAA Division-5 playoffs, the St. Joseph football team had four players — two on offense and two on defense — named to the All-Metro Classic Conference first team, which was announced on Tuesday.
Senior running back Jerry Madden, who finished second in the conference and third in the county with 1,062 rushing yards and also ran for 14 touchdowns, was a first-team selection on offense. He was joined by one of his linemen, junior Connor Rhey.
Defensively, sophomore Adam Antonneau (outside linebacker) and senior Alec Gessert (defensive back) earned first-team honors. Gessert was credited with a conference-high 153 tackles (70 solo), according to WisSports.net, and was second on the Lancers with three interceptions. Antonneau registered 100 tackles (49 solo) and four sacks.
RANDOM LAKE — The St. Joseph football team never wavered.
Time and time again, the fifth-seeded Lancers overcame mistakes or capitalized on those made by fourth-seeded Random Lake en route to a 28-14 victory Friday in the first round of the WIAA Division-5 playoffs. The last time St. Joseph reached the second round was 2012.
St. Joseph’s chance to win its first conference championship since 2005, when it was a member of the now-defunct Lakeshore Conference, is all but over following the Lancers’ 24-13 loss to Racine St. Catherine’s on Friday night at Ameche Field on Friday night.
While St. Catherine’s (6-2, 5-1 MCC) clinched at least a share of the Metro Classic Conference title with the win, St. Joseph (5-3 overall) dropped into a three-way tie for second in the eight-team league at 4-2 with Greendale Martin Luther (6-2 overall) and Racine Lutheran (5-3 overall).
When Wyatt Draper stepped onto Ameche Field on Friday night for pregame warmups, the St. Joseph junior running back had no idea he was about to become the focal point of the Lancers’ no-huddle offense.
That’s because the county’s leading rusher — senior Jerry Madden — had to be helped off the field on the game’s opening kickoff against visiting Racine Lutheran with a hip injury.