HS Football Playoffs – Level 2 preview (Divisions 5 & 6)

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DIVISION 5

4) Bloomer (8-2) vs. 1) Spencer/Columbus (9-1)
Friday at 7 P.M.

Last week
4) Bloomer over 5) Spooner (30-6)
1) Spencer/Columbus over 8) Arcadia (47-8)

The Blackhawks are finally getting healthy at the right time of the season, and were impressive in Level 1 with a 30-6 win over conference rival Spooner. Jesse Buchli led the way on the ground, running for 107 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Zach Ruff (139 total yards, 1 TD) had an effective game as well. The Bloomer defense also recorded a pair of interceptions from Johnny Bleskacek and Jace McMullin in the victory.

The Rockets ran for 413 yards as a team in their Level 1 win over Arcadia 47-8. Hayden Bauman (137 yards, 2 TD), Carson Hildebrandt (114 yards, 1 TD), and Austin Bacon (92 yards, 1 TD) provide a three-headed monster in the backfield, while quarterback Jared Mandel (52 yards, 2 TD) was also very effective through the air. Ethan Meece also recorded an interception for the Spencer/Columbus defense in the victory.

3) Elk Mound (8-2) vs. 2) Westby (9-1)
Friday at 7 P.M.

Last week
3) Elk Mound over 6) Stanley-Boyd (41-23)
2) Westby over 7) Cumberland (32-26)

The Mounders have now won five straight games, including an impressive Level 1 win over Stanley-Boyd 41-23. It was the Brady Redwine show once again on the ground, rushing for 334 yards and five touchdowns on the night. Elk Mound out-gained the Orioles on the ground as a team 400-76, Rian Flynn (24 yards, 1 TD) also found the end zone for the Mounders. Redwine (10 tackles), Max Marquardt (12 tackles), and Brett Lew (12 tackles) led the way for the defense in the victory.

Westby trailed Cumberland 18-12 at the half, but used three second-half touchdowns to pull away and hold off a late rally. Ryan Daines had a big game on the ground for the Norsemen, rushing for 283 yards and four touchdowns. The defense also created three turnovers, with Alex Gluch and Joe Armbruster grabbing interceptions, and Kenny Berg forcing a fumble.

3) Colby (8-2) vs. 2) Stratford (8-2)
Friday at 7 P.M.

Last week
3) Colby over 6) Bonduel (26-20)
2) Stratford over 7) Northland Pines (41-0)

The Hornets trailed 12-7 early in the fourth quarter to Bonduel, but scored three touchdowns in three minutes to secure a 26-20 win. Running back Tyler Klement (196 yards, 2 TD) was the main weapon for the Colby offense, while Reece Kellnhofer (30 yards, 1 TD) also found the end zone. The Hornets defense forced three interceptions in the win, as Kellnhofer, Logan Hawkey, and Isaac Karl all recorded a pick, while Kellnhofer also forced a fumble.

Stratford jumped out to a 41-0 nothing lead at the half, and put the game away for a Level 1 win over Northland Pines. Chandler Schmidt (112 yards, 2 TD) and Max Schwabe (90 yards, 1 TD) led a two-way passing attack, while Okley Wrensch (3 catches, 142 yards, 2 TD) had a big game on the outside. Stratford has now outscored their opponents this season 372-122.

DIVISION 6

4) Spring Valley (7-3) vs. 1) Eau Claire Regis (10-0)
Friday at 7 P.M. (at Carson Park)

Last week
4) Spring Valley over 5) Mondovi (19-14)
1) Eau Claire Regis over 8) Lake Holcombe/Cornell (46-12)

The Cardinals beat Dunn-St. Croix rival Mondovi for the second time this season, with a 19-14 win in Level 1. Quarterback Aaron Borgerding (103 yards, 1 TD) and Nathan Fesenmaier (93 yards, 2 TD) led the offense in the backfield on the ground, while Dylan Bosshart (102 total yards) provided a spark as well. The defense held the high-octane Buffalo passing attack to just 55 yards total in the victory.

The Ramblers jumped out to a 46-0 lead at halftime over Lake Holcombe/Cornell in Level 1, and then put the game away in the second half for the win. Quarterback Isaac Michels (86 yards, 3 TD) was very effective for the offense through the air, while Luke Rooney (28 yards, 1 TD) and Aaron Haselwander (37 yards, 1 TD) each found the end zone on the ground. The Rambler defense has only allowed 59 points so far this season.

3) Unity (9-1) vs. 2) Grantsburg (10-0)
Friday at 7 P.M.

Last week
3) Unity over 6) Webster (28-7)
2) Grantsburg over 7) Glenwood City (61-30)

Unity topped Webster in Level 1 28-7, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game away late. Quarterback Jake Bloom (119 total yards, 2 TD) had a good game running the offense, while Hunter Houde (177 yards, 2 TD) was unstoppable in the backfield. The defense recorded five sacks in the win, a pair from Jack Nelson, and one each from Bloom, Adam Weihe, and Owen Raboin.

Grantsburg beat Unity 49-6 back in week six on the road, and have scored at least 35 points in all ten games so far this season. Quarterback Luke Anderson (100 yards, 2 TD) was effective through the air, while Leo Chenal (265 yards, 4 TD) and Tyrell Brande (20 yards, 2 TD) led the way on the ground. The defense also forced a pair of turnovers in the victory, as Brande and David McKean each recorded an interception.

Collin Talbert

Collin Talbert

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