After suffering his second knee injury of the season, Danny Kaye recovered to lead New Berlin Eisenhower to its first conference championship in 12 years. The school won Division III state titles in 1995 and 1996, but it's been more than a decade since the last conference crown.
Kaye's squad defeated Cudady 21-20 to finish the season 7-2 (6-1 in the Woodland Conference). Although Eisenhower lost to second-place Greendale the previous week, Eisenhower edged out the conference title because it has a better overall record. Eisenhower could earn a No. 2 overall seed when the playoffs begin next Tuesday.
Kaye made a quick recovery from twisting his knee and missing the Greendale game.
"It's the same knee, same kind of injury. It's kind of scary because I keep thinking it's pretty serious, but so far I've been getting lucky and it hasn't been that bad," Kaye said. "I've been wearing a brace and everything. It was just bad timing."
Kaye said the second injury had nothing to do with the first one.
"After the first time, it did heal all the way. I think no matter what, it would have happened again the second time, even if I had never hurt it the first time."
Kaye said his best game of the year was against Wauwatosa East, where he paved the way for Eisenhower's running back to set the single-game school rushing record (287 yards) while recording two sacks, 12 tackles and a recovered fumble.
He has spent many Saturdays this fall at Camp Randall Stadium, watching his future teammates in action.
"They've lost some close games, but they've played well for the most part," Kaye said. "I thought they should have beat Ohio State. Things will be alright. I think in the long run, they will pull it together."
And Kaye has kept tabs on Brookfield Central's Joe Thomas, who is heavily considering the Badgers as well.
"I talk to him a lot. He's still up in the air about it. He doesn't really know, but he said he's not going to wait until Signing Day," Kaye said. "He's going to wait until after the season. I asked him if he were to make a top three list, would Wisconsin be in it? He said yes. I know he's looking at Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Colorado heavily."
Danny Kaye recovers from second injury
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