Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Prep football: Week 4 game previews

Hudson (3-0, 1-0) at North (0-3, 0-1)

Big Rivers Conference game, 7 p.m. Friday at Carson Park.

Series history: Hudson won 49-12 last year for a seventh straight win is series and leads 19-13 in games since 1986.

North: It doesn’t get any easier for the Huskies, who opened with three straight losses and fell 42-14 to Superior last week. Outscored by 136-22 and outgained 363-121 in average yards. Will try to run the ball with Taylor Ellis, Sam Barby and Noah Dilley main threats. QB Bennett Mayer (8-17-1, 119, 2 TD) offers pass threat. Defense must tackle better.

Hudson: Escaped River Falls 28-27 last week for third straight win and outscoring opponents 120-67. Earlier wins were by 49-20 over Kenosha Indian Trail and 48-20 over Stevens Point. QB Keyser Helterbrand passed for 326 of team’s 433 yards last week and is dangerous as passer and runner. Ben Karis caught 9 passes for 123 yards and TD in win. Cole Danielson is a ground threat. Defense allowed 440 yards against River Falls, 213 on the ground. Coached by Adam Kowles.

Memorial (1-2, 0-1) at Superior (3-0, 1-0)

Big Rivers Conference game, 7 p.m. Friday at NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

Series history: Memorial won 24-20 last year and leads 38-29-5 in games since 1905.

Memorial: A young team looking to shore up a defense that has given up 104 points and 1,082 yards in last two games, including 60 points and 673 yards in 60-35 loss at Rice Lake last week. Offense has been fine averaging 412 yards and 22 points. RB Loyal Crawford (495, 6.3, 5 TDs) is a main weapon along with QB Bryson Johnson (47-100-6-662, 5 TDs), who throws to Calvin Tanner (12-228-4), Nathan Hau (10-197-1), Jack Piper (12-102) and Will Hesse (8-155). Coach Mike Sinz: “We were very undisciplined on defense last week, the kids have to know how to do their jobs. The Superior quarterback runs extremely hard and is tough to bring down. The key for us is to play four quarters, a complete game.”

Superior: Rolled up 42 points in first half and coasted to a 42-14 win over North last week. Outscoring opponents 125-40 and outgaining them by 309-151 in average yards. Main weapon is dual-threat QB Jarrett Gronski (335, 9.9, 6 rushing, 16-28-1-305, 7 passing). James Bronson (5-96-2) is one of several receivers. Caden Stone has rushed for 151 yards in last two games. Coached by Bob DeMeyer.

Osseo-Fairchild (1-2, 1-2) at Regis (3-0, 3-0)

Cloverbelt Conference game, 7 p.m. today at Carson Park.

Series history: Regis won 35-8 last year for a sixth straight victory in series and leads 8-1 in games since 2008.

Regis: Impressive in 44-7 win over defending conference champ Stanley-Boyd last week, holding a 426-198 margin in total yards. For the season, outscoring opponents 128-20 and outgaining them by 358-155 in average yards. Andrew Ernstmeyer (211, 10.6, 3) ran for a team season high of 169 yards last week while other main threats are Cade Osborn (188, 14.5, 2), Jack Nicolai (165, 27.5, 3) and Hayden Reinders (120, 8.0, 2). QB Isaac Michels (8-17-0-174, 4) is a threat through air. Tackle leaders are Osborn and Tommy Schmidt with 23, while Kadin Peterson has 13 tackles and two sacks. Coach Bryant Brenner: “Ernstmeyer is very capable and you take what the defense gives you. Osseo’s quarterback has a live arm and a lot of receiving weapons. They are well-coached and know us very well. We know we’ll get their best effort.”

Osseo-Fairchild: Can put points on the boards with dangerous air game. Lost to Colby 36-22 and Spencer/Columbus 40-22 and last week ran over Cadott 42-12. QB Jackson Johnson hit 19 of 30 passes for 320 yards and 4 TDs in win over Cadott and has thrown for more than 600 yards for the season. Brett Kostka caught 6 passes for 121 yards and is chief receiver along with Caden Boettcher and Ryan Myhers. Boettcher is single back and main ground threat, although Johnson can run the ball too. Must stiffen defense that has allowed 88 points. Team reported healthy. Coach Eric Boettcher: “We know the cards are stacked against us, but anything can happen in football and we hope to play a good game. Johnson has got the arm and has skilled receivers.”

Rice Lake (3-0, 1-0) at Chippewa Falls (2-1, 0-1)

Big Rivers Conference game, 7 p.m. Friday at Dorais Field.

Series history: Rice Lake won 37-0 last year, but Chippewa leads 19-16 in games since 1983.

Chippewa Falls: On the rebound from a 33-23 loss at Menomonie after opening with wins over Holmen and Medford. Lost RB Matt Pomietlo (353, 10.7, 8) to injury early at Menomonie and weren’t able to pick up slack. Other ground threat is Tyler Bohland, who has had a 144-yard game. QB Nolan Hutzler (30-53-2-538, 4) is air threat passing to Bohland (8-110-2), David Dvoracek (6-139-1) and others. Outscoring opponents 96-65 and outgaining them by 365-329 in average yards. Pomietlo listed as doubtful. Coach Chuck Raykovich: “We’re playing a state champion that has great speed outside. They’re averaging 50 points so we have to be disciplined on defense, cut that down and match them.”

Rice Lake: Defending Division 3 state champs cut loose for 673 yards and 60 points in romp over Memorial last week, combining the work of QB Peyton Buckley (14-20-2, 460-6 passing, 286, 6.6, 3 rushing), who ran up 358 yards and 5 TDs, with speedy RBs Marquez and DeAirus Clerveaux, Robert Hush, Dalton Drost and Torien Hubbard. Marquez Clerveaux ran for 127 yards on five carries last week while Buckley totaled 146 in 20 tries. DeAirus Clerveaux (9-306-4) has been a main receiver. Must improve defense that has allowed 33 points a game. Coached by Dan Hill.

Menomonie (3-0, 1-0) at River Falls (2-1, 0-1)

Big Rivers Conference game, 7 p.m. Friday at Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.

Series history: Menomonie won 41-20 last year for a 23rd straight win in series and leads 58-20-4 in games since 1920.

Menomonie: Defeated Chippewa Falls 33-23 last week for third straight win for young team. Outscoring opponents 85-37 and outgaining them by 343-220 in average yards. QB Jake Ebert (24-47-1-459, 4) directs attack and ran and passed for 199 yards last week. Kade Schultz returned to the lineup and ran for 117 yards and four scores. Zach DeMarce has also had a 100-yard game. All-purpose Logan Sorenson has rushed for 102 yards and caught passes for 146. Sam Zbornik (7-152-3) is another favorite target. Coach Joe LaBuda: “River Falls is one of the most skilled teams in the Big Rivers in a long time. (Seth) Kohel is the best back in this part of the state. I’m pleased where our kids are at, but we’re a heavy underdog and playing on the road. We have to try to slow them down.”

River Falls: Only an extra point away from a possible perfect record after 28-27 loss to Hudson. A would be game-tying PAT was blocked with 11 seconds to play. But still a powerful team and remains in the BRC title fight. Powered by QB Logan Graetz (48-69-1-779, 10), who currently ranks second in the state in pass TDs and can also run the ball. Favorite receiver is Jared Creen (23-384-5). RB Seth Kohel (387, 7.3, 5) adds run threat. Very explosive attack and outscoring opponents 111-47, averaging 461 yards a game. Coached by David Crail.

Altoona (1-2, 1-2) at Fall Creek (1-2, 1-2)

Cloverbelt Conference game, 7 p.m. Friday at Ron Schultz Field.

Series history: Fall Creek won 63-25 last year and leads 10-5 in games since 2002.

Altoona: On the rebound from 49-0 loss at Colby after topping Cadott 12-8 a week earlier. RB Paxton Gluch has been main threat, running up 214 yards in opener and going over 100 yards against Cadott. Nick Hansen and Nate McMahon have shared quarterback duties.

Fall Creek: Opened with 26-12 win over Neillsville/Granton but lost 42-7 to Regis and last week by 49-16 to Spencer/​Columbus. Payton Mayer had 60-yard TD run and Joey Kinderman 35-yarder last week. Kinderman (35-311, 8.6) is top threat, but QB Hayden Goodman can also throw the ball.


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