SJ-O's bid for first state title falls just short

SJ-O's bid for first state title falls just short

ST. JOSEPH — Tension after a near fumble at the goal line. Jeers for the referee. A brief moment of excitement and cheering when the Spartans had a chance to tie the game. Then utter disappointment when they didn't.

That's how the game ended for fans who gathered at Roch's on Main Street on Friday night when St. Joseph-Ogden High School suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss in the football state championship game. Stillman Valley edged the Spartans, 43-41, in the Class 3A championship game in DeKalb.

Chad Goldenstein, a 1995 graduate, called the game experience "unbelievable," and said he thought this would have been head coach Dick Duval's year to win the school's first state title.

"I was really pulling for Dick," he said. "I thought this was going to be his year."

Jason Kuhn, a 2010 graduate and a former Spartan football player, said the game showed that the school has a good program.

"I think it's great," he said. "This town really needed it."

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Ellen wrote on November 30, 2013 at 9:11 am

The replay clearly showed the touchdown that sent the game into overtime never happened. The ball did come out before he crossed the goal and SJ-O should have won the game. I am not from St Jo or Ogden so I am not biased. I know that replays aren't allowed in high school football, I'm just saying in reality, the winners of the game and state title should be SJ-O. Either way, it was a great game to watch and congratulations go to both teams.