Kahl leads Turtle Lake to 6-42 win over EPC
Elmwood/Plum City Wolves have made their way to the WIAA playoffs, but not in an ideal way. The Wolves' 3-6 record lands them a spot in tournament play, but the team's 0-42 loss to Turtle Lake on Friday, Oct. 13 showed that EPC will have a lot of work to do if they want to make it far in the postseason.
The 7-2, 5-1 Lakers got off to an early 20-point lead behind the passing of Jonah Kahl who threw three touchdowns in the first quarter, two to Caden Torgerson and one to Lucas Torgerson. Kahl completed 22 of his 26 passes on Friday night, which totaled 361 passing yards.
EPC's Dalton Binkowski went 2-15 for eight passing yards.
Turtle Lake extended their lead in the second quarter with a Kahl 13-yard keeper touchdown, followed by a passing touchdown from Kahl to Carson Schneider, which came with 49 seconds left in the half.
The second half was similar to the first—completely controlled by Turtle Lake. The Lakers scored their final touchdown of the night on another Kahl to Caden Torgerson completion and created the final score of 42-0 after Tyler Quade's two-point conversion run was successful.
Luke Baier led EPC in rushing yards and recorded 46 yards on 10 carries. Quade was Turtle Lake's rushing leader, and he ran for 67 yards on 11 attempts.
EPC only had one receiver on the night, Tyler Maxwell, who caught two passes for eight yards. Maxwell also led the Wolves defensively with eight tackles.
Comparatively, Turtle Lake had five receivers who were led by Schneider, who caught 10 passes for 158 yards.
The playoffs are now a reality for the Wolves despite their brutal loss to Turtle Lake, but they'll have to face the No. 1 team in the Lakeland - South Conference, Clear Lake (9-0, 6-0), in the first round of the postseason. The Wolves can expect to see a lot less passing yards against the Warriors than they saw from the Lakers, but they'll still have their work cut out for them when they play again on Friday, Oct. 20.