Kellen Kravik may have signed a scholarship to participate in track and field at the college level, but his athleticism on the football field is going to make a big difference in Thursday's Division 7 state championship game.
The senior quarterback for Bangor (13-0) has scored a total 17 touchdowns on offense, has intercepted five passes as a defensive back, and also has a punt return.
He created the slogan "from turf to turf" this season, encouraging his teammates to make sure a season that began on the artificial turf at Winona State University for a camp ends with a state title on the turf at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
But Kravik's presence alone could prove to be the biggest factor against Pepin/Alma (13-0). Kravik missed last year's playoff meeting against the Eagles with a broken wrist, restricting the offensive ability of the Cardinals in a 42-13 loss.
"I just want to make a difference," Kravik said Tuesday. "I want to make a difference offensively, defensively, special teams. I just want to make a difference in the game and that will happen at Camp Randall."
Kravik was able to gain a coach's perspective while watching last year's game against Pepin/Alma, helping out defensive coordinator and father Kevin Kravik with positioning and playcalling.
Since that Winona State camp, Kellen's focus has been to take Bangor to its first state title appearance in school history, and he's delivered. His teammates are just as motivated to avenge that loss to the Eagles, and say Kravik has been especially eager for his chance.
"I definitely think that's been a theme for him," senior linebacker Jack Reader said. "He said it all season, all preseason, all postseason and he's definitely looking forward to it."
Kickoff for Thursday's game is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Madison. Pepin/Alma is making its second straight title game appearance, having lost to Owen-Withee last year.