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over 500 signatures on the WIAA for it to consider reversing its decision to not have state championships this season because of COVID-19.

Edgar football head coach Jerry Sinz had hoped the WIAA could have the same playoff format it did in the 1979 season, when he led the Wildcats to their first state championship in school history.

In the 1979 season, the WIAA only chose the top teams in each division to play for a state championship. Edgar beat Oconto Falls, 16-8, in the state semifinal and then downed Iowa/Grant, 11-6, in the state finals game. Sinz said the state championship was played in Sparta in the 1979 season, therefore the WIAA could’ve held this year’s state championships at alternate sites other than in Madison because of COVID-19.

It looks like Edgar’s football team will need to win two straight playoff games againt Central Wisconsin-Small teams.

Undefeated Iola/Scandinavia, 7-0, received the No. 2 seed in Edgar’s regional pod and it’ll play No. 3 seed Hurley, 4-1, this Friday, Nov. 13, at home. Hurley’s only loss this season was to Colby, 37-14, at home.

There’s a very good chance Edgar plays against Iola/Scandinavia in a regional championship clash between two undefeated teams this season.

Iola/Scandinavia has rebounded this season after suffering a 2-7 record in the 2019 season.

The Thunderbirds didn’t qualify for the playoffs in 2019, after they won the 2018 Division 6 state championship against Racine Lutheran, 43-14. Iola-Scandinavia finished as Division 6 state runners-up in the 2017 season after losing, 35-12, to Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs Academy.

Edgar’s football team beat Iola/ Scandinavia, 22-6, to win the 1999 WIAA Division 5 state championship.

Current Edgar football defensive coordinator Greg Streit played on the school’s 1999 Divison 5 state title team, along with former Edgar High School principal Jordan Sinz, who was the team’s quarterback that season. Tyler Berg was the Wildcats’ top rusher in the state title game.