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Limon wins second consecutive 1A state championship

The Badgers took down Strasburg in a rematch of last season's title game.

STRASBURG, Colo. — Limon football finished season No. 100 as No. 1. 


The Badgers took home their second consecutive state championship with a 26-13 victory over Strasburg (12-1) on a frigid Saturday afternoon. It was their 19th in program history, the most all-time in Colorado. 

It was a dream ending to the school's 100th season playing football.

"To come and do it back-to-back, especially with 16 new starters this year -- we lost a great group of kids last year -- I can't explain how proud I am of this group," said Limon head coach Mike O'Dwyer. 

The Badgers were led by junior Kory Tacha, as they were several times this season. Tacha scored three touchdowns, including a 74-yard pass from Trey Hines in the second quarter to put Limon up 13-7. 

They never looked back. 

"I just ran my route and my quarterback did a great job of giving me the ball and I was fortunate to have my wide receivers pick up a couple of blocks and I took it the house," Tacha said of his game-changing score. 

Limon (11-2) extended its lead to 26-7 before Strasburg, who battled until the end, scored in the final seconds to cut it to 26-13. 

One kneel down later, the Badgers were state champions. 


Watch the sights and sounds from the game above and see the story on the 9NEWS Prep Rally Sunday morning.

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