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The Cardinals of Prescott and Spring Valley were both big winners in prep football action from Friday evening.

Spring Valley won its Homecoming game 32-14 over Boyceville at Williams Stadium in Menomonie. Prescott routed Osceola 44-18 at Laney Field in Prescott.


Valley scored all of its points in the first half punctuated by two big pass plays for touchdowns: a 53-yard toss from Zach Newton to Logan Newton and a 79-yard strike from Zach Newton to Jed Schlegel just as time expired in the first half.

SV's Tyler O'Keefe led all running backs with 161 yards rushing on 18 carries, a good chunk of which came on a 60-yard TD run for the Cards' first TD.

The much-needed win evened Valley's Dunn-St. Croix Conference record at 2-2 (4-2 overall) after two straight close losses. SV can all but clinch a playoff berth with a win next Friday at St. Croix Central. 

Meanwhile in Prescott, the Cardinals of the St. Croix jumped all over Osceola in the first half, leading 24-6 when the break came. Quarterback Alex Helmer threw TD passes of 25 and 21 yards to Payton Bartsch and Troy Urman, respectively, Tate Nahorniak scored on a one-yard run and Owen Schommer kicked a 26-yard field goal. Helmer connected with Urman with another passing TD in the second half and Nahorniak scored his second touchdown of the game as well. Taylor Miller blocked a punt for a TD for the Redbirds and teammate Nick Opdahl blocked an extra-point attempt after an Osceola touchdown.

The victory puts PHS just one win away from clinching the school's second-straight playoff berth at 3-1 in the Middle Border Conference, 5-1 overall, and they can do so next Friday at home in their Homecoming match-up vs. Baldwin-Woodville.

Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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