Whitewater/La Crosse classic

With three stories in the local newspaper and two highlight/news packages from a local television station, the UW-Whitewater/UW-La Crosse game got the coverage a game between two top six teams would merit at any level.

Matt Gifford's touchdown cut UWL's lead to 28-26.Joel Badzinski’s La Crosse Tribune game story described how the game went from La Crosse runaway, to nailbiter, to all Whitewater down the stretch, as the No. 3 Warhawks scored the final 25 points to take a 28-10 deficit to a 35-28 win.

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A La Crosse Tribune secondary story talks how the game cemented Danny Jones’ place with the Warhawks.

“I’m real happy for him because now more than ever he feels like he’s a part of this football team,” Whitewater coach Lance Leipold said.

A La Crosse Tribune column talks about La Crosse’s search for an identity.

“You can’t cruise to a win. You’ve got to keep scoring,” said (Ted) Everson, whose seven-reception, 205-yard receiving, two-touchdown day went for naught. “We are up 18 in the fourth quarter, and we are certainly playing to win. We didn’t get too comfortable with that (lead). Our offense had more opportunities, but Whitewater stepped it up.”

WKBT had a postgame report with highlights, interviews with players from both sides and analysis. It runs 5:38 and requires Windows Media Player. You can see the hit which knocked quarterback Griffin Moe out of the game and hear him talk in the postgame.

The station also cut up even more highlights into an un-narrated package that runs a little longer, 5:49.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote about how the Warhawks managed the comeback even with Justin Beaver on the sidelines with a third quarter leg cramp.

Reads and looks like another great game.