St. Ambrose Academy boys form a co-op eight-man football team with students of Madison’s Abundant Life Christian School to compete in the WIAA Great 8 South Athletic Conference. Click here for conference stats and information.
Click here for the 2016 CHALLENGER GAME SCHEDULE.
For 2016, the Challengers have 7 returning seniors including the 2015 All-Conference Player of the Year as well as the 2015 8-man Coach of the Year, along with a promising crop of incoming freshmen. 2016 promises to be an historic season for Challenger Football. GO CHALLENGERS!!!!
CHALLENGERS IN THE NEWS:
Click below to hear Challenger Team Captain William Donohoe’s 10-16-2015 interview about the 2015 Season on Relevant Radio’s “Diocese of Madison This Week” with Tim Hein:
and click here to hear Challenger Football on The Big 1070 Prep Report from 10-28-2015 (slide to the 11 min mark to hear the piece about the Challengers).
Congratulations to the 2014 & 2015 Challengers, Great 8 South Champions! The 2015 Challengers enjoyed a 7-2 record overall (6-0 in conference) and earned a spot in the season-ending #2 Jamboree showcase game. With many 2015 Challengers named to All-Conference teams and two juniors named as All-Regional players, the Challengers are looking to DOMINATE their conference in 2016!
Those new to 8-man football will find that due to a smaller field (360 feet by 120 feet, compared with the traditional 360 feet by 160 feet) and fewer players, the tempo of the game is noticeably faster and produces more scoring than most 11-man games. On offense, 8-man football typically includes the quarterback, two receivers, two backs and three linemen. The defense is typically three linemen and five backs/linebackers.
As a WIAA co-op team, qualified full-time students of St. Ambrose Academy participate on a no-cut basis in football. Coach Mark D. Martinez leads the athletes in a strong program of competition and sportsmanship within the context of our Christian faith.
During the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons, the Challengers qualified for the season-ending state championship Jamboree.