Rockets lose heartbreaker in state finals

MADISON – The Cedar Grove-Belgium Rockets lost a 38-35 heartbreaker to Amherst in the Division 5 state football championship game Thursday at UWMadison’s Camp Randall Stadium.

A late turnover by the Rockets set up the game-winning field goal by Carter Zblewski from 26 yards with only nine seconds left, breaking a 35-35 tie.

The Rockets ended their season with a 12-2 record. The Falcons, who finished 13-1, earned their second straight state title and third in the last five years.

With the score tied 35-all and the ball at their 29-yard line, the Rockets attempted a hook-andladder play. Quarterback Josh Weiss completed a 3-yard pass to Reid Hilbelink who then tried to lateral to a teammate but the ball was fumbled and Amherst’s Thomas Andersen recovered it. Andersen returned the fumble 18 yards to the Rockets’ 14 which led to the winning field goal.

The Rockets rallied from a 28- 14 halftime deficit. They grabbed a 35-28 lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Weiss to wide receiver Jason von Heimburg, followed by Chris Jentges’ PAT.

Amherst tied the game, 35-35, on a 2-yard TD plunge by Brandon Piotrowski and Zblewski’s PAT with 5:12 left to play.

Weiss, a senior, had an amazing passing performance. He threw for 383 yards and five TDs. Hilbelink led CG-B in receiving with 14 catches for 164 yards and two TDS. Ethan Brochtrup added 13 receptions for 155 yards.

The Rockets outgained the Falcons in total offensive yardage, 422-366. Amherst led CG-B in rushing yardage, 198-39.

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