DeForest challenged reigning Division 2 champion Waunakee all night, but couldn't pull the upset, as their final play of the game, a pass to the end zone to take the lead, was intercepted with seven seconds to play.
The Norskies took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, and the upset alert was officially on. Waunakee countered with 16 unanswered points, including a 49-yard field goal by Arkansas baseball recruit Nate Stevens, who led Waunakee to a state title in baseball last summer. Waunakee led 16-14 at halftime.
DeForest wasn't done, however, as they got a second passing touchdown to Lane Larson from Trey Schroeder to take the lead again in the second half. Waunakee had the answer for it, however, an 80-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Wulf to Sawyer Maly.
On the last drive of the game, DeForest got it to the Waunakee 31, but the pass was picked off on fourth down in the end zone by Joe Hauser, and Waunakee hung on for a wild 23-20 win.
Waunakee will face Monona Grove in Level 3. The game will be broadcast by The Big 1070 and iHeartRadio on 100.9 FM.