Notre Dame falls 24-14 to Catholic Memorial in D3 championship

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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The Notre Dame Tritons will have to try again next year for a WIAA Football State Title.

The Tritons fell to Catholic Memorial 24-14 in the Division 3 championship game. On the third play of the game, the Crusaders gave the ball to Jaylen Campbell, who broke free and ran untouched for the next 70 yards to put CMH up 7-0 early.

The Tritons responded by stringing together an 80-yard drive, finishing with Nate Ihlenfeldt’s 3-yard rushing touchdown to tie the game.

But after trading turnovers, Crusader quarterback Ben Nimz went deep with a 62-yard touchdown pass to Max Cooper. Turnovers continued to plague the Tritons in the second half, with Notre Dame quarterback Johnny Santaga getting a tipped pick 6.

“It was hectic and frustrating at times but Catholic Memorial’s defense played an incredible game today and you have to give them credit for that,” Santaga said.

“Other than giving them two big plays we were really in the game. We held them to three points and they got an interception, too, in the second half. They gave us some chances, we gave them some chances, and they took better advantage than we did,” outgoing Notre Dame coach John Nowak said.

The game was a rematch of last year’s championship. Last year the Tritons took home the state title.

The Tritons will bring back the silver ball to the excited fans in Green Bay.

Action 2 Sports reporter Kaitlin Sharkey kept a running update of the game on Twitter:

Northeast Wisconsin has another shot of bringing home a championship when undefeated Kimberly takes on Franklin for the D1 title at 4 p.m.