HS Football – Division 5 and 6 playoff previews

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DIVISION 5

8) Arcadia (5-4) vs. 1) Spencer/Columbus Catholic (8-1)
Friday at 7 P.M.

The Raiders have won two games in a row coming into the postseason, including an impressive 40-6 victory over Luther in week nine. Arcadia has a dangerous weapon on the outside in senior wide receiver Michael Schweistal (37 catches, 529 yards, 7 TD), and a plethora of running backs in Mac Huebner and Chase Patzner. They have outscored their opponents this season 194-134, averaging 21.6 points/game offensively.

The Rockets finished second in the Cloverbelt this season, after falling to Regis in week eight 23-6 for their only loss of the season. Senior quarterback Jared Mandel (1, 269 yards, 17 TD) leads this offense in the air, and his favorite target is junior running back/wide receiver Austin Bacon (1,006 total yards, 19 TD). Spencer/Columbus has outscored their opponents this season 349-108, averaging 38.8 points/game offensively.

5) Spooner (6-3) vs. 4) Bloomer (7-2)
Friday at 7 P.M.

The Rails are red-hot coming into the postseason, winning five of their last six games. They are very balanced on offense, averaging 27.6 points/game led by senior quarterback Zachary Kubnick. Spooner has outscored their opponents this season 248-135.

After losing back to back games, the Blackhawks have find their groove again on a three-game winning streak scoring 138 points in that span. Senior quarterback Zach Ruff does it all for Bloomer, combining for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. They have outscored their opponents this season 338-190, averaging 37.6 points/game offensively.

6) Stanley-Boyd (6-3) vs. 3) Elk Mound (7-2)
Friday at 7 P.M.

The Orioles finished the season 6-3, and fourth place in the Cloverbelt. They are led on offense by senior dual-threat quarterback L.J. Schmelzer, who has combined for over 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. Stanley-Boyd has been outscored by their opponents this season 205-186, averaging 24.4 points/game offensively.

The Mounders are one of the hottest team in Division 5, winning five games in a row. It’s no secret that they are very effective on the ground, led by senior running back Brady Redwine (1,688 yards, 27 TD) who is sixth in the state in rushing yards, and seventh in rushing touchdowns. Elk Mound has outscored their opponents this season 282-152, averaging 31.3 points/game on offense.

7) Cumberland (6-3) vs. 2) Westby (8-1)
Friday at 7 P.M.

The Beavers finished tied in second in the Heart O’North, and are coming into the playoffs off a 47-22 win week nine over Ladysmith. They are led offensively by senior quarterback Reid Olson (2,350 total yards, 32 TD), and his favorite two targets sophomore Jack Martens (50 catches, 704 yards, 8 TD) and senior Andrew Barnes (624 yards, 10 TD). Cumberland has outscored their opponents this season 336-225, averaging 37.3 points/game on offense.

Westby is on a five-game winning streak coming into the playoffs. They are the Coulee conference champions, with their only loss of the season to Prairie du Chein week three 43-40. Senior quarterback Alex Gluch (1,318 yards, 17 TD) leads the offense, while senior running back Ryan Daines (1,073 yards, 20 TD) is a very dangerous weapon in the backfield. They have outscored their opponents this season 367-169, averaging 40.8 points/game offensively.

6) Bonduel (6-3) vs. 3) Colby (7-2)
Friday at 7 P.M.

Bonduel is out of the CWC-Large conference, and finished in third place at 6-3 overall. Senior quarterback Parker Bohm (1,326 yards, 15 TD) leads the passing attack, his favorite target is senior wide receiver Isaac Garside (37 catches, 642 yards, 6 TD). They have outscored their opponents this season 266-167, averaging 29.6 points/game on offense.

Colby finished third in the Cloverbelt this season, with their only losses this season to Regis and Spencer/Columbus. Junior running back Tyler Klement (1,300 yards, 16 TD) leads a dangerous ground attack, along with senior running back Reece Kellnhofer (848 yards, 8 TD). They have outscored their opponents this season 246-159, averaging 27.3 points/game offensively.

DIVISION 6

8) Lake Holcombe/Cornell (6-3)  vs. 1) Regis (9-0)
Friday at 7 P.M. (@ Carson Park)

Lake Holcombe/Cornell finished fourth in the Lakeland-North conference this season, losing two in a row coming into the playoffs. Senior running back Wyatt Viegut (664 yards, 9 TD) paces the Knights on the ground, while dual-threat senior quarterback Luke Geist has combined for 17 touchdowns. They have outscored their opponents this season 269-194, averaging 29.9 points/game offensively.

The Ramblers won the Cloverbelt championship, finishing the regular season a perfect 9-0. As a team, they rush for over 260 yards a game and get contributions from Andrew Ernstmeyer (551 yards, 7 TD), Hayden Reinders (445 yards, 6 TD), Cade Osborn (396 yards, 5 TD), Jack Nicolai (274 yards, 5 TD), and Tristan Root (273 yards, 6 TD). Regis has outscored their opponents this season 340-47, averaging 37.8 points/game offensively and only giving up 5.2 points/game on defense.\

5) Mondovi (7-2) vs. 4) Spring Valley (6-3)
Friday at 7 P.M.

The Buffaloes tied for the Dunn-St. Croix championship, with their only conference loss to Spring Valley 14-0 in week eight. Senior quarterback Brennen Christopherson (1,148 yards, 14 TD) leads a potent passing attack, however sophomore running back Tanner Marsh (912 yards, 10 TD) has proved he’s dangerous on the ground. Mondovi has outscored their opponents this season 262-141, averaging 29.1 points/game offensively.

Spring Valley finished the regular season also with a share of the Dunn-St. Croix title, their only loss in conference was to Elk Mound 21-7 in week seven. Junior dual-threat quarterback Aaron Borgerding (1,189 total yards, 17 TD) is tough to defend under center, while sophomore running back Nathan Fesenmaier (644 yards, 11 TD) is also dangerous in the backfield. The Cardinals have outscored their opponents this season 223-124, averaging 24.8 points/game offensively.

6) Webster (5-3) at 3) Unity (8-1)
Friday at 7 P.M.

Webster finished second in the Lakeland-North conference, winning their final two games, including 36-6 over Saint Croix Falls in week nine. Dual-threat senior quarterback Trevor Gustafson has combined for over 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns, while senior linebacker Wyatt Schaaf anchors the defense with 4.5 sacks. They have outscored their opponents this season 218-163, averaging 27.2 points/game offensively.

Unity beat Webster in week seven 30-28, with their only conference loss this season to Grantsburg 49-6. They are on a three-game winning streak coming into the playoffs, an are led by senior running back Hunter Houde (1,221 yards, 19 TD) on the ground. They have outscored their opponents this season 307-141, averaging 34.1 points/game offensively.

7) Glenwood City (4-5) vs. 2) Grantsburg (9-0)
Friday at 7 P.M.

Glenwood City finished 3-3 in the Dunn-St. Croix, which was good enough to get them into the playoffs. Caleb Peterson and Dan Loring lead the way on the ground, combing for eight touchdowns. Senior defensive lineman Bryce Fayerweather is a player to look out for, finishing the regular season with five sacks. Glenwood City has been outscored this season 217-169, averaging 18.8 points/game on offense.

Grantsburg won the Lakeland-North conference this season with a perfect 9-0 record. Senior quarterback Luke Anderson (1,081 yards, 15 TD) leads the offense, but senior running back Leo Chenal (1,073 yards, 28 TD) is their most dangerous weapon out of the backfield. Grantsburg has outscored their opponents this season 425-112, averaging 47.2 points/game offensively.

8) Cochrane-Fountain City (3-6) vs. 1) Fennimore (8-1)
Friday at 7 P.M.

C-FC finished tied in third in the Dairyland conference at 3-3, and have lost three straight games coming into the playoffs. Senior quarterback Brady Drazkowski leads the way offensively with over 10 combined touchdowns, while sophomore linebacker Zachary Foley (78 tackles, 3 TKL) helps anchor the defense. The Pirates have been outscored this season by their opponents 284-146, averaging 16.2 points/game offensively.

Fennimore finished second in the SWAL conference, with their only loss of the season in week eight to Mineral Point 14-12. They are led offensively by senior quarterback Reid Larson (1,597 yards, 20 TD), whose favorite target is senior running back/wide receiver Maguire Fitzgerald (708 yards, 8 TD). Fennimore has outscored their opponents this season 328-54, averaging 36.4 points/game offensively and only allowing six points/game on defense.

Collin Talbert

Collin Talbert

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