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Elmwood defense stout against Chieftains

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

LAKE HOLCOMBE -- Statistics can be deceiving.

Lake Holcombe outgained Elmwood in total yardage 315-268. The Chieftains had two 100-yard plus backs in Kyle Schneider and Lee Kostick.

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Heck it was their Homecoming game, and Elmwood had won up in Lake Holcombe only once before.

But none of that mattered as much as Elmwood's defense keeping the Chiefs out of the endzone. The No.14 ranked Raiders triumphed Friday 22-6.

The second half belonged to EHS as they forced two critical LH turnovers and held stout against two long Chieftain drives, turning them back on downs.

One key stat that was in Elmwood's favor, the Raiders were 5-for-11 on third down conversion while Lake Holcombe was a miserable 1-for-8.

"It was bend but don't break" Elmwood head coach Jerry Hannack said. "Our frontline did a good job of keeping the middle clogged and not letting them get through and we used our speed on the outside to keep them from breaking any big plays. They only had one and we shut them down afterwards."

Meanwhile Elmwood scored twice. Steve Pax had a two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and broke loose for a 66-yard run in the fourth quarter. He finished with 100 yards rushing on 15 carries.

Elmwood did have the edge when it came to passing yards, 100-56. Quarterback Brian Tolonen was 5-for-11 for the Raiders, including a 10-yard TD pass to E.J. Wolske in the first quarter. Trenton Kendall made a rare extra-point kick for the Raiders for a 7-0 lead, one which held up at halftime despite a 67-yard TD run by Schneider in the second quarter.

"We are about where we expected to be on offense," Hannack said. "Brian has really grown into the quarterback position and we're able to move the ball and get the big play when we need it. Our job is to spread the ball around to different players so we're not so dependant on Steve, we did that Friday. Ryan (Bechel) made some big catches and we were able to get the ball to Brett Bock and E.J. Wolske as well."

Bechel led Elmwood in receiving with three catches for 73 yards. Wolske had two receptions for 27 yards. Bechel also had 43 yards rushing on 16 carries.

Pax also led Elmwood in tackles with 13.5. Ryan Bechel and Dillon Morgan each had seven tackles while Justin Fugate and Cory Bates both had tackles. Pax had two tackles for loss and Wolske had two interceptions.

Elmwood will finally get to celebrate their own Homecoming this week when they play Cornell Friday.

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