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KAUKAUNA — For the second year in a row, the Kaukauna Galloping Ghosts have advanced to the WIAA Division 2 semifinal game, this time with a 42-13 win over Cedarburg.

The victory set new marks for the Kaukauna football program. It was the first time Kaukauna had hosted a Level 3 game, it’s first Level 3 victory at home and the first team to reach 11 wins in a season.

Kaukauna will take on Waunakee next week in a Level 4 matchup with a trip to state on the line.


As they have in many games this season, all three phases excelled–offense, defense and special teams.

A Conner Kincheloe 12-yard touchdown run and Osvaldo Soto Sanchez PAT put the Ghosts on the board first on their opening possession.

Cedarburg came back with a long drive of its own, however, to tie the score at 7.

But big plays for Kaukauna dominated the game from that point.

The first one was a 67-yard Finnley Doriot to Nolan Hall touchdown bomb to end the first quarter at 14-7.

To begin the second quarter, a John Neumann pick-6 ended the Bullsogs next drive and put Kaukauna up 21-7.

A second interception by the Ghosts, this one by Carson Van Dinter, ended Cedarburg’s subsequent drive.

The second half began with a wild series, resulting in two Kaukauna scores within the first three plays.

Danny Poor II opened the second half with a 95 yard TD kickoff return. That was followed by a Luke Tetzlaff pick-6 and the Ghosts found themselves up 35-7.

When the offense finally got on the field for its first series of the second half, a second Doriot to Hall TD catch pushed the score to 42-7 and forced a running clock for the remainder of the game.

Cedarburg was able to muster one more score late as the Ghosts guaranteed themselves at least one more game this season.

By Dan Plutchak

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