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Platteville spoils Falcon Homecoming

UW-River Falls defensive back Nick Zimmerman (1) breaks up a pass intended for UW-Platteville’s Bryan Whitehead in the first quarter of the Falcon’s 49-7 loss to the eighth-ranked Pioneers last Saturday at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. (River Falls Journal photo by Bob Burrows)

It didn’t take long for the UW-Platteville football team to put a damper on UW-River Falls Homecoming last Saturday.

Platteville took the opening kickoff and marched 70 yards in eight plays to take a 7-0 lead. After picking off a Ryan Kusilek pass on the Falcon 28-yard line on the ensuing possession, the Pioneers took just five plays to take a 14-0 lead and the rout was on.

The eighth-ranked Pioneers led 28-0 by halftime. UWRF scored its only points of the game on a 1-yard pass from Kusilek to Jordan Christianson midway through the third quarter to cut the Pioneer lead to 28-7, but Platteville closed the game with three more touchdowns to hand the Falcons a 49-7 defeat at blustery David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.

The loss dropped the Falcons to 0-5 on the season, 0-2 in WIAC play, while the Pioneers improved to 5-0, 2-0 in the conference and moved up one spot to No. 7 in this week’s rankings.

Platteville, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater are all tied for first place in the WIAC standings with the Titans, ranked No. 8 in this week’s national poll, coming to town this Saturday, Oct. 19, for a 2 p.m. kickoff with the Falcons.

Last Saturday Platteville piled up 598 total yards of offense while holding the Falcons to 286. UWRF outrushed the Pioneers, 182-150, but three Platteville quarterbacks combined to throw for 448 yards and five touchdowns against the Falcon defense.

Freshman running back Kywon Cartwright had his best day as a Falcon, rushing for 72 yards on nine carries, while junior Jessie McKune of Elmwood carried the ball 11 times for 49 yards.

Kusilek completed 15-of-27 pass attempts for 104 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while Christianson caught five balls for 51 yards.

Former River Falls Wildcat Nick Zimmerman led the UWRF defense with nine tackles and broke up five passes while Tyler Ledbeter of Somerset also made nine stops.