GREEN BAY – The state champions in the two largest high school divisions in Wisconsin will close the Packers’ regular season by squaring off in the QB Challenge at halftime of the Packers-Vikings game on Jan. 3.
Homestead High School won the WIAA Division 2 state title while Kimberly won the Division 1 crown in 2015.
Homestead began the season 2-2 but then won 10 consecutive games on its way to the state championship. The Highlanders took the North Shore Conference with a big win over rival Whitefish Bay in the second-to-last regular season game and then avenged a regular-season loss to Germantown in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs.
Homestead will bring quarterback Jack Popp along with receivers Tyler Woldt and Patrick Mankin for the QB Challenge. Popp was actually the team’s leading receiver this past season and a backup QB.
Kimberly capped off a perfect 14-0 season by winning its third straight Division 1 state title. The victory extended the Papermakers’ winning streak to 42 straight games. Trailing Hartland Arrowhead by 21 points late in the third quarter of the state championship game, Kimberly rallied to score 28 unanswered points to post a 49-42 triumph.
The Papermakers will feature QB Danny Vanden Boom along with receivers Jordan Janssen and Douglas Greeninger. Vanden Boom threw for nearly 2,500 yards with 25 touchdowns on the season, with Janssen totaling more than 1,500 yards and 18 scores.