Cardinal grid teams both big winners
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.