STATE CHAMPS: Williamsville wins first football title


DEKALB (WCIA) — Williamsville scored 14 fourth quarter points to erase a 10-point deficit with less than five minutes to play, as the Bullets beat Byron 46-42 Friday night to win the Class 3A state championship, its first title.

Brendon Bishop caught the game winning touchdown for the Bullets with less than a minute left in the game, capping a historic performance for the senior wide receiver. His 230 receiving yards set a new Class 3A state title game record.

“That’s probably going to be the most memorable play of my high school career,” Bishop said. “Just being with these guys and accomplishing something like this doesn’t happen often. For it to happen tonight with these guys—it’s incredible.” 

“I knew someone would come up with a big play, several of them did,” Williamsville senior running back Grant Ripperda said. “Brendan really showed out there on that last drive, Conor put the football where it needed to be, and we got it done.” 

The Bullets scored on all but four of their drives, in a game highly dictated by offense. But the defense stepped up when they needed to most, stopping the tigers on a fourth down to get the ball back and reclaim the lead. 

“If [Byron] scores there the game is pretty much over, and for us to get the stop after they go the onside kick was unreal,” Williamsville head coach Aaron Kunz said. “Just the will, and the determination for them not to quit and overcome some major adversity when they were scoring at will was huge.” 

Not only is this a historic moment for the football program, but Williamsville High School as well. This is their first ever state title in a boys’ sport.

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