MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – In 40 plus years of coaching, John Nowak’s career ends at Camp Randall in a division 3 state championship rematch from last year against Catholic Memorial.
The Tritons, aside from an opening 80-yard drive struggled offensively and were outgained 317 to 258 yards by Catholic Memorial.
Notre Dame’s quarterback Johnny Santaga finished 15/27 with 3 interceptions and 1 touchdown. Running back Nate Ihlenfeldt had both a receiving touchdown and a rushing touchdown.
“You know I know everybody on our team had the expectation to win and come back here and do it again so, it might take a little bit longer than it normally would, but like you said it is an accomplishment to get back here and I’m really proud to be back here,” said Santaga.
All season long the Tritons wanted to finish on top, solely because of it being head coach John Nowak’s last season, but even taking home silver Nowak finishes his career as the only head football coach at Notre Dame, winning two-thirds of his games. So now what does a lifer like Coach Nowak do on Friday nights?
“Go sit in the stands or the hill and criticize other guys. Some people would say I’m glad I’m gone, but I thrived on the fact that we were that much smaller than other teams we played and stuff and always held our own. You know we got three state championships and 5 runner-ups and I think thats something to say about it,” said Nowak.