Regardless of whether undefeated Madison wins its final regular season game this week, it’s state ranking locks the team into hosting a home playoff game on Nov. 3.
Last year’s squad was the first in school district history to go deep into the state playoffs – eventually losing in a Division V state semi-final game.
It was a magical season and much-welcomed from a school system that was in the national spotlight for a 2016 school shooting that saw a student wound three classmates.
Madison Athletic Director Matt Morrison said, “This one of the best thing that could have happened to our football program and community.”
“I know last year’s playoff run really brought a new expectation and sense of pride back to the community. I know that having this opportunity for our coaches and players to be in this position again is something our community needs,” said Morrison.
Julee Pelgen, whose son Cole plays on the Mohawk squad, said another shot at a historic playoff run is what the school community wants to be known for rather than a school shooting and the controversy of possibly arming some school employees.
“We had a tragedy here but we don’t want that to define us,” said Pelgen. “We want something more positive to define us. This (playoff berth) is exciting and it’s bringing our community together.”