Junior Sam Klestinski hit a 43-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter as Madison Edgewood erased a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit to top Monroe 31-28 for the Rock Valley Conference championship on Friday, Oct. 15, at Breese Stevens Field.

Both Edgewood (9-0, 6-0) and Monroe (7-2, 6-1) came into the conference showdown with 6-0 marks in the Rock Valley standings.

Senior quarterback Joe Hartlieb tossed a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally the Crusaders. The first went to senior Jackson Trudgeon with 8 minutes, 24 seconds left in the game. A two-point conversion made it 28-21. Hartlieb then tossed a 31-yard strike to senior Came Fane with just under six minutes remaining. An extra point deadlocked the game at 28-28. After a punt, Hartlieb helped get Edgewood into field goal range as Klestinski nailed his 43-yard attempt with 1:43 left in the game.

It was the Crusaders’ first conference championship since Edgewood shared the Badger South title in 2000 with Monroe.

Hartlieb went 27 of 46 through the air, good for 323 yards. Trudgeon hauled in nine catches for 108 yards.

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