Brown County Blackjacks reclaim the throne with 41-10 win in Northern Lights Football League Championship
On Saturday, the Brown County Blackjacks snapped their almost three-year title drought and brought the Northern Lights Football League Championship back home with a 41-10 win over the Fox River Raiders.
“This group, to bring it back home for the guys means a lot,” Blackjacks offensive coordinator Marcos Alfaro told Developmental Football USA. “There are still some guys from those teams on this team. Our defensive coordinator played as a player for the last championship, so there’s pride there and it means a lot to bring it back after a few years of not being in the championship game.”
During the regular season, Brown County fell to Fox River, 25-17, so another dogfight between these two teams was expected in Saturday’s championship game.
“The first game, they came out and had a great game plan and they shut us down,” Alfaro said. “I think this was just a reversal of that. They are a good team, our guys just executed. It’s just mental toughness on our guys’ part and we came ready to play.”
Wide receiver Lawerance Peters took matters into his own hands and made several key catches to propel the Blackjacks to victory.
“He came alive,” Alfaro said. “Marcos found him in the end zone, I believe three times and he just made some amazing catches. I saw some pictures one of the photographers took and he made some amazing catches that opened up the run game for us and we were able to control the game that way.”
Defensive lineman Richard Zachow had a big night for the Blackjacks’ defense.
“He plays defensive end, defensive tackle and all along the defensive line,” Alfaro said. “Unofficially, he must have had about five sacks. He really controls that line of scrimmage.”
Despite having the momentum and the game in hand, the Blackjacks didn’t want to risk the NLFL slipping out of their hands so they continued to run their offense.
“There was no way I was going to let the momentum shift,” Alfaro said. “We had to keep putting points up. I’ve been on the other side. One year with the Mariners, we had a 26-3 lead and started subbing guys in and ended up losing.”
The Blackjacks won the NLFL Championship in 2014 and made it back to the title game again in 2015, before coming up short, 6-0, to the Madison Mad Dawgs. Last year, they were three points shy of playing in the title game, losing to the eventual champion Wisconsin Ravens 6-3 in the semifinals.
Now, Brown County has another trophy in the trophy case and bragging rights until next year, but for Alfaro, football season is far from over. Alfaro is also a head freshman coach at Two Rivers High School as well as the owner and head coach of the Manitowoc County Mariners, which are on a 24-game winning streak.
“This league is over now, but the Mariners start up in a few weeks,” Alfaro said. “A few guys from here are coming over with me in a few weeks.
“I want to thank everybody on the team and my wife that puts up with a lot of football. She’s always there supporting me.”