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KAUKAUNA — The Kaukauna Galloping Ghosts football team advances to WIAA Level 2 next week after a 32-14 win Friday over Brookfield Central.

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The Ghosts got off to a quick start which, it turns out, they needed as the game wore on.

Kaukauna scored first on a Nolan Hall 28-yard TD pass from Finnley Doriot. An Osvaldo Soto Sanchez PAT gave the Ghosts a quick 7-0 lead.

On its next possession, a well blocked 12-yard touchdown run from Aiden Reardon put the Ghosts up 14-0.

But the Lancers weren’t going down without a fight.

On its next possession, Central moved quickly to the Kaukauna 3, then scored on a fourth and 1.

After a Kaukauna three-and-out, the Lancers scored again to tie the game at 14 early in the second.

In the second half, a 26-yard touchdown run from Conner Kincheloe put the Ghosts back on top, but a failed two-point conversion kept the lead at 20-14.

A Doriot 29-yard keeper and a second failed two point conversion pushed the lead to 26-14.

Given that lead going into the fourth, Kaukauna’s defense turned up the heat and stymied the Lancers’ offense.

Back-to-back interceptions by John Newman helped keep the Ghosts offense on the field.

Reed Wittman, with Kaukauna’s fourth interception of the night, set up a Kincheloe touchdown on the next play to seal the win at 33-14.

The Ghosts face a familiar foe next week when they take on West De Pere, who shut out Menomonee Falls 27-0.

Kaukauna won their week 2 game 25-22, but a loss to West De Pere in last year’s state semifinal game will provide added incentive.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.