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Army National Guard Recognizes AHS Football


Warhawks roll to fifth

Division I state championship

            HARTLAND, Wis., Feb. 12, 2013 — The Arrowhead High School football team has finished No. 39 nationally for the 2012 season. The announcement was made by MaxPreps, a California-based company that ranks more than 16,000 high school varsity football teams.
            Arrowhead (13-0) claimed its fifth Division I state championship when the Warhawks routed Sun Prairie, 35-14, on Nov. 16.  The Warhawks have been a finalist 10 of the last 20 seasons.  Arrowhead is one of 50 schools being honored on the eighth annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard.
            The school was also honored on the 2007 Tour when it finished No. 27 in the country by MaxPreps.
            "For nearly a decade, MaxPreps and the Army National Guard have honored America's finest high school football teams with the prestigious Army National Guard national ranking trophy,” said MaxPreps President and Founder Andy Beal. “Coach Malling and the Arrowhead Warhawks have proven on the field that they are among the nation's truly elite high school football teams."
                “The kids that play in our program are geared towards internal rewards, but it’s always nice to be recognized on a national level and we appreciate it,” said Arrowhead head football coach Greg Malling, who completed just his second season.
            Senior quarterback Brady Kelliher engineered Arrowhead’s explosive spread offense that averaged nearly 45 points per game. He passed for 2,625 yards and 24 touchdowns. Dom Todarello was an all-purpose player in the Warhawks’ offense, rushing for 568 yards and 13 TDs, had 593 receiving yards and three TDs and threw for 322 and six scores.
            Defensive back Jackson Abresch, who moves on to Minnesota Statein the fall, picked off eight passes to go along with 59 tackles.
            Wisconsin Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Daniel Rockwell presented Coach Malling and the team with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy prior to the boys’ varsity basketball game Tuesday night. The team also received a banner for their accomplishment.
            “For eight years the Army National Guard has recognized nationally ranked football teams with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy,” said LTC Christian J. Johnson of the Army National Guard. “We take great pride in doing so because it symbolizes the indomitable spirit common to high school athletes and the U.S. Soldier. It is our honor to share this symbol with the team, coaches, parents, and school. It is an award for the entire community and is much deserved.”
MaxPreps uses a sophisticated computer program, known as the Freeman Rankings, to determine team rank for the Tour of Champions. The system utilizes the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents), margin of victory, and strength of schedule. Playoff games are weighted 2.1 times a regular season game.
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