St. Croix Central's physical triple-option attack was all it needed to bring home a state championship.
The Panthers ran 70 times for 371 yards and attempted just one pass in a 49-28 victory over River Valley in the WIAA Division 4 championship Thursday.
It is the second state title for the Panthers, who won the Division 5 championship in 1988.
"I'm just in shock," St. Croix Central coach Tony DiSalvo said. "I really am. I would have never thought this a few weeks ago. It is what it is, and I give these kids a lot of credit.
"This is special. Thirty-one years of coaching and I never thought in a million years we would ever get down here, and...