4) Somerset (6-4) vs. 1) Saint Croix Central (10-0)
Friday at 7 P.M.
4) Somerset over 5) G-E-T (46-6)
1) Saint Croix Central over 8) Adams-Friendship (42-0)
Somerset opened the 2018 playoffs with an impressive 46-6 win over Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau at home. The offense scored three first quarter touchdowns all courtesy of Jack Peterson (115 yards, 4 TD). Quarterback Will Piletich was also very effective on the ground, rushing for 138 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Peterson (10 tackles) and Ethan Wegscheider (10 tackles) held G-E-T to 177 total yards.
Saint Croix Central overpowered Adams-Friendship in Level 1, running for 258 yards on the ground in a 42-0 shut-out win. Running back Ryan Larson (121 yards, 4 TD) was a force on the ground, while quarterback Austin Kopacz (113 yards, 1 TD) was also dangerous under center. The Panther defense held Adams-Friendship to 27 yards total, including -20 yards rushing.
6) Baldwin-Woodville (6-4) vs. 2) Northwestern (10-0)
Friday at 7 P.M.
6) Baldwin-Woodville over 3) West Salem (21-14)
2) Northwestern over 7) Ellsworth (42-8)
The Blackhawks upset West Salem in Level 1 on the road, with running back Andrew Klopp scoring the game-winning go-ahead touchdown midway thru the fourth quarter. Klopp (156 yards, 1 TD) was the driving force on the ground for Baldwin-Woodville, while Alex Bishop (76 total yards, 1 TD) provided a threat as well. The defense held the Panthers to six first downs the entire game, and had a pair of interceptions.
Northwestern jumped out to a 28-0 lead at the half, and eventually topped Ellsworth in Level 1, 42-8. Minnesota Duluth commit Regan Ruffi (153 yards, 3 TD) had another big game on the ground, but Trevor Janowicz (81 yards, 2 TD) wasn’t too bad himself. The Tigers ran for 324 yards as a team, while the defense held Ellsworth to 135 yards rushing.