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Big games all around for Pierce County prep football teams

As big as the game between Ellsworth and Somerset was last week, the Panthers' contest at Baldwin-Woodville may even be more important in the larger scheme of things.

Ellsworth can clinch a playoff berth with a win at Baldwin-Woodville Friday. It would be a nice thing to have after week six of the regular season and not waiting until the final week to get in.

But the Blackhawks will not make it easy on EHS. Despite their 1-4 record they've been competitive in every contest they've played and their losses, before last week's at Durand, totaled up to nine points. Even at Durand B-W led at halftime 16-0. They lost at New Richmond on a last-second drive.

EHS made it through the potential pitfalls playing its first road contest at Amery and playing through Homecoming Week vs. Somerset. The team's latest challenge is playing with a target on its back. The 'Hawks would love nothing better than to hand rival EHS, now ranked No. 3 in Division 4 in the latest state coaches' polls after last week's win over Somerset, it's first loss during its Homecoming contest.

"The kids have stayed focused on being 1-0 each week," Ellsworth head coach Clair Austin said. "It worked for us last week and it will work this week if we keep that focus."

Speaking of Homecoming, two Pierce County squads have to deal with it this week, Spring Valley and the Plum City portion of Elmwood/Plum City co-op. Spring Valley is in a must-win situation after two straight Dunn-St. Croix Conference losses by a total of 11 points and Boyceville too, needs a win if it entertains any playoff hopes. 

EPC got a very important Lakeland South Conference win last week over Turtle Lake. For the first time this season the Wolves played almost mistake-free football and it paid off.

"Our team got a taste of its potential when we don't turn the ball over or have bad penalties and stick to our gameplan," EPC Head Coach Jerry Hannack said.

While the contest with St. Croix Falls Friday is non-conference, it is still important in keeping EPC's momentum moving positively.

"We're a different team now than when we started the season, and it's for the better" Hannack said. "But we're not satisifed with where we're at. We want to continue to play well, even though that's not easy through the Homecoming distractions."

Spring Valley's Homecoming will be at Williams Stadium in Menomonie and EPC's will be at Plum City. Both kick-off are at 7 p.m.

Also in Pierce County Friday night, Prescott has an important home contest with Osceola, both for playoff and Middle Border Conference title implications now that Somerset has a loss and both clubs still have Ellsworth on their schedules. Both teams are 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the MBC.

The big game in the area pits top-ranked and unebeaten Glenwood City and Mondovi at GC this evening.

Middle Border Conference

Ellsworth                3-0             5-0

Somerset                2-1              4-1

Osceola                   2-1             4-1

Prescott                  2-1              4-1

Durand                     2-1             3-2

New Richmond          1-2             1-4

Amery                        0-3             1-4

Baldwin-Woodville      0-3             1-4

Friday, Sept. 20

Ellsworth 27, Somerset 8

Durand 47, Baldwin-Woodville 22

Prescott 21, New Richmond 14

Osceola 23, Amery 6

Friday, Sept. 27

Durand at Amery

Ellsworth at Baldwin-Woodville

Osceola at Prescott

Somerset at New Richmond

Lakeland South Conference

Alma/Pepin                         3-0             5-0

Clear Lake                           2-1              3-2

Clayton                                2-1             2-3

Shell Lake                            1-1              2-3 

Elmwood/Plum City            1-2             2-3

Turtle Lake                          0-2             1-4

Lake Holcombe/Cornell       0-3             0-5

Friday, Sept. 20

Alma/Pepin 38, Clear Lake 12

Flambeau 22, Shell Lake 7 (nc)

Elmwood/Plum City 28, Turtke Lake 12

Clayton 47, Lake Holcombe/Cornell 0

Friday, Sept. 27

St. Croix Falls at Elmwood/Plum City (nc)

Shell Lake at Turtle Lake

Lake Holcombe/Cornell at Alma/Pepin

Saturday, Sept. 28

Clear Lake at Clayton

Dunn-St. Croix Conference

Mondovi                            3-0          5-0

Glenwood City                   2-0           5-0

St.  Croix Central               2-1          2-3

Colfax                                1-2          3-2

Spring Valley                     1-2         3-2

Boyceville                          0-2          2-3

Elk Mound                         0-2          1-4

Friday, Sept. 20

St. Croix Central  20, Boyceville 14

Mondovi 20, Spring Valley 14

Glenwood City 48, Colfax 0

Westby 48, Elk Mound 14 (nc)

Friday, Sept.  27

Colfax at Elk Mound

Mondovi at Glenwood City

Boyceville at Spring Valley

Arcadia at St. Croix Central (nc)

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