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Prescott gridders take on defending state champs

Photo by Jason Schulte.

To be the best you have to beat the best and thus for the Prescott High School football team to advance any further in the WIAA Division 5 State Football Playoffs they have knock-off the defending champions Colby this Saturday afternoon.

This is pretty much a brand new Colby squad, with most of the players which helped the Hornets got 14-0 last season and beat Lancaster in the D-5 state finals 44-43 in OT having graduated.

Colby (8-2 overall) may well have been seeded No. 5 and Prescott No. 6 in their regional grouping but the strength of both teams respective conferences has helped both squads reach Level 3. Colby finished third in the hypercompetitive Cloverbelt Conference, just behind Eau Claire Regis (which is playing a Level 3 contest Friday against Boyceville in Division 6 Friday at Carson Park in Eau Claire)and Stanley-Boyd (which Colby beat in the Level 1 by a 21-19 score) while Prescott (7-3 overall) placed fourth in what was a very strong Middle Border Conference this fall with both champion Durand and runner-up Somerset playing in Level 3 games as well this weekend.

The Hornets like to run the ball behind a big line that averages 235 pounds. Their top running back is senior Brandon Wickersham, a 5-4, 145 pounds. He has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Tyler Robida has thrown for 740 yards on 48 of 102 attempts and 10 TDs. Colby's top receiver is senior Nathaniel Underwood, who has caught 22 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore running back McCoy Soppa has 100 yards in receptions. Robida is also the team's leading tackler with 57 to go with three interceptions. Underwood has five interceptions as Colby benefits from their defense forcing turnovers with 17 interceptions and 12 fumbles.

The winner of Saturday's regional group will play in the sectional final game next weekend against either Stratford or Amherst.