Plum City grids now No. 5 in statePlum City High School's football team climbed one run to No. 5 in the Wissports.net State Football Coaches' Poll
Plum City High School's football team climbed one run to No. 5 in the Wissports.net State Football Coaches' Poll.
The unbeaten Blue Devils won their 50th straight regular season game last week 55-0 over Prairie Farm. Win No. 51 looks likely as PC hosts winless Cornell Thursday evening despite the fact the Chiefs have one the top running backs in the league in Ethan Hrdlicka. He's rushed for over 600 yards and has scored four TDs.
Elmwood's Jesse McKune is far and away the best running back in the Lakeland South as he's gone over the 1,000-yard mark and has 18 touchdowns. McKune averages 7.2 yards per carry.
Shell Lake moves into the top spot in the D-7 poll followed Burlington Catholic Central, which is the only team in the top five with a loss, Potosi and then Randolph, which, like PC, moves into the top five for the first time this season. Gilman, which had held the No. 1 spot for several weeks before losing to Thorp last week, fell to No. 6.
Both PC and Elmwood will have chances to pad their stats this week. Besides the Devils' game vs. Cornell, Elmwood hosts New Auburn which is 1-6. EHS can clinch their ninth straight playoff berth with a win Thursday, the longest such streak in Pierce County. Raider quarterback Brian Tolonen is fourth in the league in passing at 522 yards and two TDs although he carries a 60 percent completion rating. Logan Wolf is third in the LSC in receptions.
Plum City and Clayton are not only battling for the LSC title but also for the in the statistical categories. PC quarterback Alex Gilles and Clayton's Tyler Ketz are both 1-2 with over 1,000 yards passing and 28 touchdowns combined. The Bears' wide receiver Taylor Bergmann and Devils' wideout Tyler Churchill are a also 1-2 atop the receiving category. Bergmann had 19 catches for 417 yards and five TDs while Churchill has 18 catches for 349 yards and eight scores.
This is the week of the state teacher's convention but MBC schools are playing Friday after playing Thursday last week. Ellsworth is looking for its first win over Osceola since 1999 and will be at Vesperman Field to take on the Chieftains. The Panthers will need to stop Osceola's ground game led by running backs Luke Erickson, who is one of the top ground gainers in the league, and Braden Bartley. Chieftain quarterback Michael Gaglio has moved into the top half of the league's quarterbacks after throwing for over 100 yards in a tough loss at Durand. Ellsworth's Bryce Stockwell is still second in the league in passing and Alex Campbell still leads the conference in receiving despite the Panther offense gaining little vs. New Richmond last week. B-W's Jake Keefer has moved into second in the league in receiving.
Durand needs one more win to lock up a playoff berth and can do so Friday at Prescott. Friday's feature MBC game of No. 4 Baldwin-Woodville at Somerset features of the top ground gainers in the Middle Border, the Blackhawks' Riley Anderson against the Spartans' Eric Walczak.
Mondovi is still at No. 7 in the Division 4 poll. The undefeated Buffaloes will face a stiff test from St. Croix Central Thursday evening in the Dunn-St. Croix.