The lone surviving 8-seed of 2013

Independence/Gilmanton the ultimate underdog of the WIAA postseason


Senior Cameron Zeller has seen a lot in his three seasons as starting quarterback at Independence/Gilmanton. Friday was the first playoff victory he was able to experience.

Zeller led two first half touchdown drives as eight-seeded Independence/Gilmanton knocked off one-seed Cochrane-Fountain City 15-14 in Level 1 of the playoffs. It was the only upset by an eight-seed in all of Wisconsin in all divisions.

“Going into the game against C-FC we made sure to tell the guys to not be satisfied with making the playoffs, that we wanted to win a game,” said Zeller. “And we did that. Now that we beat C-FC we need to keep it rolling and we know we can play with these teams with good records.”

Independence/Gilmanton (5-5) will now host Pittsville (7-3) this Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Level 2 of the WIAA football playoffs.

“We struggled early in the year with injuries and now we’re getting everybody back and we’re peaking at the right time,” said head coach John Zilla. “But truly exciting for the kids.”

Independence/Gilmanton needed to win out it’s final three regular season games just to become playoff eligible after a 1-3 start to their Dairyland Conference schedule.