Elmwood grids in position for playoff bidElmwood High School’s football team is position to make a run for the postseason after whipping New Auburn 31-6 Friday.
NEW AUBURN - Elmwood High School’s football team is position to make a run for the postseason after whipping New Auburn 31-6 Friday.
The win puts the Raiders at 3-2 in the Lakeland South Conference. If Elmwood can win one of its next two ballgames against Prairie Farm and or Lake Holcombe, they will clinch the school’s 10th straight playoff bid.
New Auburn scored first off a 31-yard interception return by Blake Miller in the opening quarter. But Elmwood quickly tied the score at 6-6 on its next possession when Logan Wolf scored on a 29-yard run.
After this, the ballgame was all Elmwood, all domination. David Rhy put the Raiders ahead at halftime after a three yard touchdown run with :11 seconds to go in the half. Then in the second half, Wolf scored on runs of four and 21 yards and Jaylen Case, back at quarterback after sitting out the loss to Alma/Pepin the week before due to an injury, threw a 16-yard scoring pass to Brady Webb.
EHS had one of its best rushing games of the season as they torched the Trojans for 271 yards on 39 attempts. Wolf rushed for 116 yards on 19 carries and Rhy had 138 yards on 11 carries. Case was 6-for-10 for 147 yards through the air as the Raiders amassed 418 yards of total yards to NA’s 159. (70 rushing and 89 passing). Elmwood was 7-for-11 on third down conversions.
On defense, the Red and Black label forced three turnovers, including interceptions for Josh Wells and Tanner Hoyt. Seth Jones led EHS in total tackles with seven, including one for loss. Brady Webb led the team in TFL’s with three. Bryce Unser had five tackles and Rhy had three.
Elmwood plays Saturday in Prairie Farm’s annual afternoon Homecoming match-up at the Prairie Dome. The Panthers are coming off a 47-8 beatdown by Alma/Pepin, who has already clinched playoff berth along with Clayton from the LSC. Lake Holcombe can do so next week too if they beat their rivals Cornell at home. If Elmwood can’t clinch a playoff berth next weekend, they’ll have to do so against Lake Holcombe as both teams close the regular season on Oct. 14 in Elmwood.