WIAA State Preview: Heit’s last stand

Pepin/Alma set for Div. 7 state final against Bangor

The mission Thursday for the Eagles is simpler than it sounds. Win for the 27th time in their last 28 tries, and take home a state championship for the first time in school history.

“Obviously it was great to get to Madison last year despite a disappointing coming up a little bit too short,” Eagles head coach Mike Olson said. “But, with 17 juniors back from last year a win would be a great honor for them.”

Pepin/Alma admits this year’s trip to Madison feels much more like a business trip. The two lead presenters are senior running backs Trevor Heit and Lance Johnson. Johnson, the Eagles second option, is a 1,000 yard rusher for the second straight season. As for Heit, his story begins long before high school.

 “Growing up when he was in youth football his name was squirrel because he was so illusive,” Olson said.

“A lot of my teammates  did not even really know my real name for the longest time,” Heit said. “I am not big enough to run through everyone, so I use a mixture of hitting people and speed to then make them miss.”

 Heit’s high school run includes over 4,500 yards on the ground over three plus seasons. Two of his best performances came over the past two weeks, first in the level three 21-to-20 thriller over Spring Valley.

“Fans came up to me after the game and said ‘That was the best high school game I have ever watched’,” Olson said.

Last week Heit racked up 226 yards rushing in a 35-7 semifinal route of Coleman.

“I feel more and more confident each week,” Heit said. “Last year we were pretty banged up heading into state health wise. This time around, we are ready to go.”

The Eagles and Bangor kickoff at 10 a.m. Thursday at Camp Randall.