News 18's Collin Talbert and Rebecca Fiala breakdown all the action from week one around the area. Also, a guest appearance from Geoff Daley discussing Spring Valley's big win over
Bloomer found themselves in battle in their Heart O’North opener, but the Blackhawks held off Saint Croix Falls 22-7. While McDonell Central took down Port Edwards in a shoot-out 42-40, for their first 8-man football win.
Spring Valley held off Unity in a non-conference thriller at home 28-21, while Elk Mound and Mondovi’s defenses pitched shut-outs.
Eau Claire Memorial scored 37 unanswered points to comeback and beat La Crosse Logan 47-22, also scores from the rest of the Big Rivers teams.
The Orioles are young, inexperienced, but hungry entering the 2019 season. They finished fourth in the Cloverbelt last season, fall in level one of the playoffs at 6-4 overall.
The Cardinals earned a share of the Dunn-St. Croix title last season, but with the talent they have coming back that an outright title is in their reach.
The Buffaloes have high expectations entering the 2019 season. As 15 starters return on both sides of the ball, making their experience a huge strength.
The Thunder are looking to rebound from a 2-7 season in 2018, and get back to the playoffs. And even though they have some holes to fill, they return some talent on both sides of the ball.
The Blackhawks advanced to level two of the playoffs last season behind their potent rushing attack, but things could look a little different offensively in 2019.
The Cardinals are coming off a 6-4 season with a trip to level one of the playoffs, and they look to keep the tradition going in 2019 with new head coach Jacob Lerum.
Head coach Dean Laube enters his first season leading the Crickets, as they look to bounce back from a 4-5 season and return to the playoffs.
The Beavers are coming off a 2-7 season overall in 2018, but are ready to take things to another level in year two under head coach Derek Boldt.
Entering his second season as head coach for McDonell Central, Jason Cox is creating a more strict and motivating environment. The Macks are looking to improve off their inaugural season in 8-man, and officially get their first win.
The Mounders must replace a talented senior class that helped them earn a share of the Dunn-St. Croix conference title last season. But strong numbers throughout the entire program, should help Elk Mound fill holes on both sides of the ball.