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Prep football: Ellsworth rolls to victory

The Ellsworth defense gave the Panthers an early 2-0 lead before the rout ensued at Fuller-Symes Field Friday, August 18. Jalen Knuteson / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
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Ellsworth senior Ryan McGregor breaks up a pass against Colfax Friday, August 18 at Fuller-Symes Field. Jalen Knuteson / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

The box score implies Ellsworth thoroughly dominated the game start to finish and in most ways, they did exactly that.

The first possession on defense, the Panthers came away with a safety. The first play for the offense was a 58-yard touchdown run by Logan Melstrom, which was called back by a holding call.

Ellsworth would go on to score in their opening possession with a Melstrom  to take a 9-0 lead with 9 minutes, 45 seconds to play in the first quarter. From there, the rout was pretty much on as Ellsworth earned a 42-0 victory over visiting Colfax in non-conference prep football Friday, August 18, at Fuller-Symes Field in Ellsworth.

There were penalties to clean up and turnovers to address, but the aggressive Panthers defense played fast and earned the shutout.

Ellsworth was backed up against their own goal line once in each of the first two quarters.

The first time came following a Drake Flom interception returned to the Ellsworth 10-yard line. The Panthers got out of the jam and turned the Vikings over on downs.

Colfax threatened again in the second half, but Ellsworth senior Alex Motley caught an interception after first winning the battle of positioning and the out-jumping the receiver.

Flom would throw three touchdown passes in the second quarter.

The first was a 20-yard catch and run by senior Ryan McGregor on a bubble screen toward the Ellsworth sideline to take a 15-0 lead -- the extra point was blocked.

Flom found junior Logan Benson down field for a 63-yard touchdown after the defense gave too much attention to McGregor on the bubble screen. That gave Ellsworth a 22-0 lead with 3:05 to play in the quarter.

Flom capped the quarter off with another touchdown pass to Benson, this time for nine yards.

The Panthers carried a 29-0 lead into the half and confidence into their matchup against River Falls at UW-River Falls.

Other area games

Prescott 27, Rhinelander 13

Independence 48, Elmwood/Plum City 7

Spring Valley 27, Balsam Lake Unity 6

Craigen Anderson threw three touchdown passes to Tyson Kado as the host Cardinals defeated the Eagles Friday, August 18.