Prep Football Preview and Review: Ellsworth hopes for physical game with New RichmondThe word is out now if wasn't already that Middle Border Conference teams will be in a physical game with the Ellsworth High School football team.
The word is out now if wasn't already that Middle Border Conference teams will be in a physical game with the Ellsworth High School football squad.
Head coach Clair Austin believes the Panther are playing on a consistent basis now, which will help EHS in its important league match-up at New Richmond tonight. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.
If Ellsworth wins over the Tigers for the first time since 2007, they can clinch their first playoff bid since that season with a win over Osceola next week in their Homecoming game. And at 2-1 in the league, a win over 2-1 New Richmond will keep them in the conference title hunt.
"I'm not really concerned now we have to be a physical team from week-to-week," Austin said. "I think kids know it and have internalized it. They know it's the way they have to play to win. It's not something we have to keep re-leaning in practice."
For Ellsworth to beat New Richmond the Panthers will have to win when it comes to turnovers. NR's up and down, inconsistent performances are largely due turnovers according to Austin.
"Teams are like that because of turnovers," Austin said. "They give up a lot and they lose and when they don't the opposite happens. We have to force them to make mistakes and take advantage of them, especially when they occur on their side of the field."
Another important MBC game as far as Pierce County is concerned is in Prescott as the Cardinals take on Baldwin-Woodville at Laney Field, looking to stay with lead pace in the MBC race at 2-1 in the standings.
Other games on tap Friday include Spring Valley, who fell back in the state ranking from No. 7 to No. 13 after last weekend's loss to Elk Mound, looking to bounce back against Colfax in its Homecoming game at Syverson Park. Down Hwy. 128, Elmwood too, is having their Homecoming against Alma/Pepin in an important Lakeland South match-up. And in the Lakeland South, Plum City looks to recover from a pair of heartbreaking losses by winning at Prairie Farm.
Dunn-St. Croix Stats
RUSHING:Justin Kattre, St. Croix Central,74 carries, 486 yards, one touchdown; Korey Jacobson, St. Croix Central, 42-476 yards, 7 TDs; Kyle Bosshart, Spring Valley, 93-438 yards, 5 TDs; Isaac Tuttle, Glenwood City, 81-428 yards, 4 TDs; Andy Bune, Spring Valley, 56-425 yards, 5 TDs
PASSING: Carl Moll, St. Croix Central, 66 completions, 128 attempts, 822 yards, 11 touchdowns; Matt Hastreiter, Elk Mound, 53-132, 819 yards, 9 TDs; Jon Newton, Spring Valley, 28-64, 572 yards, 5 TDs; Hayden Fehr, Colfax, 43-95, 489 yards, 5 TDs; Nick Mrdutt, Glenwood City, 21-49, 246 yards, 2 TDs
RECEIVING: Cody Nyhagen, St. Croix Central, 21 catches, 427 yards, five touchdowns; Dakota Tarnow, Elk Mound, 14-244 yards, 2 TDs; Ethan Kiekhafer, Colfax, 18-239 yards, 2 TDs; Austin DeLong, Elk Mound, 12-238 yards, 4 TDs; Corey Schlosser, Spring Valley, 7-233 yards, 1 TD
Lakeland South States
RUSHING: Ryan Erickson, Alma/Pepin, 86 carries, 693 yards, 11 touchdowns; Jyle Jones, Lake Holcombe, 102-615, yards, 7 TDs; Brett Baker, New Auburn, 33-452 yards, 8 TDs; Lawton Radle, Plum City, 85-312 yards, 5 TDs; James Hoffman, Clayton, 37-262 yards, 3 TD
PASSING: Kyle Larson, Clayton, 78 attempts, 121 completions, 1,286 yards, 16 TDs; Chad Fox, Plum City, 47-76, 716 yards, 8 TDs; Jacob Lerum, Alma/Pepin, 28-48, 425 yards, 5 TDs; Jacob Gjelhaug, Lake Holcombe, 37-67, 409 yards, 5 TDs; Brett Baker, New Auburn, 16-36, 232 yards, 2 TDs
RECEIVING: Kris Kruger, Plum City, 21 catches, 422 yards, 3 TDs; Zach Schradle, Clayton, 20-416 yards, 8 TDs; Matt Gretzlock, Clayton, 18-331 yards, 2 TDs; Hunter Allard, Lake Holcombe, 17-232 yards, 2 TDs; Jordan Gilbertson, Clayton, 16-214 yards, 4 TDs